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Do you need a custom solution with enhanced functionality for your automation projects? Our OEM program offers such a solution – from consultation up to a finished product that works for your own specific needs. Offer your customers your own solution – we will provide the right hardware platform.

Ways to customize a product

  • The product line - Unipi Neuron or Unipi Patron as prototype basis
  • Hardware – inputs/outputs and communication interfaces combination, other functions (e.g. DALI, EnOcean, M-Bus, LTE)
  • Graphics – logo, aluminium chassis colour, product name, I/O labelling, additional graphical elements
  • Packaging – package, manufacturer label and instructions manual in your design
  • Own software implementation
  • Customer image – a possibility to customize and generate customer OS image

Why Unipi OEM programme

  • Low development costs – our unit’s modular construction allows Unipi developers to focus only on developing the required functionality without the need to develop a whole new type of controller, significantly decreasing both the cost and the development time needed.
  • Fast development process – dispatch of customized product in 15 weeks (if you choose from our default colour palette for custom graphic design, you can expect delivery in 6 weeks from production approval).
  • Custom development from small amounts – graphical design from 20 pcs, hardware development from 100 pcs´.
  • Individual approach – we want to offer a product that works for your own specific needs at the best possible price, that is why we discuss all development possibilities beforehand.
  • No need for your own development – it takes a lot of money and time. Solution based on Unipi hardware platform presents an alternative for fraction of the costs.
  • Store custom hardware units in our stock – we will dispatch them according to your needs.
  • Option to load a customized OS image into controllers during their assembly - we can deliver your controllers already configured per your needs, saving you time during preparation of PLCs for deployment.

OEM order timeline

 

Note: If you choose from our default colour palette for custom graphic design, you can expect delivery in 6 weeks from production approval. Choosing from the default colour palette allows the elimination of the prototype phase.

Online OEM order form

OEM step-by-step manual

Hardware customization

The modular design of Unipi controllers offers customers with a wide array of hardware customization options. Circuit boards used in Unipi controllers have a universal design and can be freely combined or swapped if a new combination of I/Os is desired. This means customers that did not find a suitable model among standard Neuron or Patron models have the option to order development of a prototype featuring a customized architecture (a new combination of I/Os, additional serial interfaces etc.) or additional functionality (DALI, EnOcean, M-Bus, LTE etc.).

The first decision for the customer to make is to choose a product line the prototype will be based on. There are two options - Unipi Neuron line based on the Raspberry Pi computer (multiple Raspberry Pi models are available - see below), or Unipi Patron line based on the NXP i.MX 8M Mini computing module with a quad-core Arm© Cortex©-A53 CPU (max. 1.8 GHz frequency) and 8GB eMMC onboard memory. Using standard models as the basis allows Unipi developers to focus only on developing the required functionality without the need to develop a whole new type of controller, significantly decreasing both the cost and the development time needed.

In the next phase, the customer formulates his or her requirements and sends them to the Unipi development team. Developers examine the requirements and determine whether it is profitable to implement the required functionality directly into the hardware. If the direct implementation is considered too costly or time-consuming, an external solution is preferred through external converters or extension modules. If a custom software integration is also required, the Unipi team implements the software into the Linux OS - the OS all Unipi controllers are based on.

The result of the development process is a prototype controller featuring the required functionality. This prototype is then shipped to the customer for testing and confirmation (so-called “proof of concept”). In the meantime, between delivering the prototype and testing conclusion, the customer cooperates with the Unipi team to refine the requirements, certifications, temperature ranges and other features intended for the final product.

Product line

As part of the OEM programme, customers can choose between Unipi Neuron and Unipi Patron product lines.

Unipi Patron

- CPU: quad-core Arm© Cortex©-A53 (max. 1.8 GHz)
- RAM: 1 GB
- memory storage: onboard 8GB eMMC
- Ethernet: 100 Mbit
- USB: 2× USB 2.0
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Mervis compatible: Yes
- passive cooling: Yes

Unipi Neuron (Raspberry Pi 3 Model B)

- CPU: quad-core (1.2 GHz)
- RAM: 1 GB
- memory storage: external microSD card
- Ethernet: 100 Mbit
- USB: 4× USB 2.0
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Mervis compatible: Yes
- passive cooling: No

Unipi Neuron (Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+)

- CPU: quad-core (1.4 GHz)
- RAM: 1 GB
- memory storage: external microSD card
- Ethernet: 1 Gbit
- USB: 4× USB 2.0
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Mervis compatible: Yes
- passive cooling: No

Unipi Neuron (Raspberry Pi 4 Model B) 

- CPU: quad-core Cortex-A72 (1.5 GHz)
- RAM: multiple choice (2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB)
- memory storage: external microSD card
- Ethernet: 1 Gbit
- USB: 2× USB 2.0 + 2× USB 3.0
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Mervis compatible: Yes (from Mervis IDE 2.3.0)
- passive cooling: Yes

Note: If you plan to use Raspberry Pi-powered controllers in a harsh environment, please consider using either industrial SLC memory cards or choose the Unipi Patron product line featuring onboard memory storage. 

OS image customization

To function properly, all Unipi controllers require a so-called operating system (OS) image - a large archive containing everything necessary for launching and running applications. As part of the OEM programme, you have the option to customize the OS image based on which software you plan to use on your PLCs. The generated OS image, along with basic configuration (user names and passwords, network and firewall settings etc.), can be then uploaded into controllers during their assembly. As a result, your OEM controllers can be delivered already configured, which will considerably reduce the time needed to prepare them for installation.

More info about the customer OS images is available on this link.

Graphics customization

All Neuron and Patron controllers feature a durable aluminium chassis (IP20 protection). The chassis also serves as a passive cooler, increasing the controller’s operating temperature range. During manufacturing, an even layer of paint is applied to the chassis. A highly precise laser is then used to engrave labelling (I/O labels, logos, model designations etc.). This technology gives customers an option to obtain a controller with custom colour and custom graphic elements including the customer’s company logo. All the customer needs to do is to provide Unipi with a RAL code of the chosen colour and graphic design source data. As an alternative, a blank white controller without any logos can be also ordered - this choice is suitable for software developers looking for a suitable hardware solution.

If you are interested in the custom solutions contact us at info@unipi.technology or call +420 533 433 392.

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