NEXUS User - Supplier - Club
Household - Appliances
Background of Application Area
- The household industry in Europe has a remarkable market volume of about 25 Bill.
(2000) and is working on a supranational level.
- The reduction of energy, water and detergent consumption are the main targets of the
industry. Also increasing the user comfort and the device automation is important, as the
interconnection of appliances with communication services is necessary. All these tasks
requires sophisticated sensors. The technical and economic requirements on such sensors
and actuators are rather stringent, including low prices and high technical performance
- Many parameters are determined in present household appliances, ranging from
temperature, pressure, flow, position, tilt, up to optical parameters, humidity or weight.
- Future needs of the household industry include systems for
- Increased user comfort
- Reduced energy, water and detergent consumption
- Autonomous and remote operation, etc.
Survey Articles on MST in HA:
- Sensors in Household Appliances,
Ed. by G. Tschulena and A. Lahrmann, in Wiley-VCH Sensors Applications Series, autumn 2003
- Microsystems in Household Appliances, Proc. Micro System Technologies 2003, Ed. H. Reichl,
Franzis Verlag, Poing (2003), p.464 - 469
- Tschulena, G.: Micro
System Technology in Household Appliances, mst
news April 2001, p. 36 - 37
- Tschulena G.: Micro
System Technology in Household Appliances, Commercialization
of Microsystems 2001, Oxford
- Lahrmann, A: Smart
domestic appliances through innovations, 6th International Conference on Microsystems 98,
Potsdam, Ed. H. Reichl, E.Obermeier, VDE-Verlag, Berlin (1998)
Specific Activities of the USC 7 HA
Started the activities in July 1999 with a
constitutional session in Dortmund, visited by 24 experts.
2nd session 18th and 19th November 1999 in the BSH
Bosch-Siemens-Hausgeräte factory in Berlin.
3rd meeting in Paris on 2nd March 2000, in conjunction with the large
4th Meeting 27th June 2000 in Munich, Fraunhofer-Institute Mikroelektronische
Schaltungen und Systeme.
5th Meeting: 23rd October 2000, in Zug, Switzerland, in the V-Zug
6th Meeting: 7th May 2001 in conjunction
with the SENSOR 2001.
7th Meeting at Danfoss in Denmark, October 2001
8th Meeting in Berlin at the IZM, Fraunhofer-Institute, in conjunction with the HOMETECH
fair in March 2002
9th Meeting: 2nd July 2002 at Philips Domestic Care in Drachten, NL
10th Meeting: in Barcelona at CNM, in October 2002
11th Meeting in Nabburg, Germany at emz
Elektromanufaktur Zangenstein, January 2003
12th Meeting in Amsterdam, September
2003, in conjunction with COMS 2003
13th meeting in Cologne, February
2004, at the Figawa Association, in conjunction with the Hometech 2004 fair
The User-Supplier-Club HA has a growing number of members,
- Household appliance companies.
Members from the large European household appliance companies: Electrolux-AEG-Group, BSH-Bosch-Siemens-Hausgeräte,
Whirlpool-Bauknecht-Hausgeräte-Group, Miele, Arcelik, Viessmann, SEB Group and Philips
Domestic Appliances and Domestic Care, and from smaller
companies, like V-Zug from Switzerland, and
- Supply materials. Henkel and Procter & Gamble
- Producers of sensors and microsystems, with members from Aweco, D, Copreci, E, SensorNor,
Norway, Heimann Sensors, D, HL-Planartechnik, D, emz Nabburg, Siemens EC and EDS, Friatec,
D, BCO Technologies, UK, Micromontage, NL, MicroComp, D, Faraday Foresight NW, UK, and
METU Microelectronics Plant in Ankara, Turkey.
- Academic Institutions, like Technical University Ankara, Turkey, CNM in
Barcelona, Spain, Scuola Superior in Pisa, Italy, FHG- IMS in Munich and GWI
Gas-Wärme-Institut in Essen, DIN, IMM in Mainz and FZK in Karlsruhe, CTR in Austria, CSEM
Thematic Interests and Priorities of the Club HA
- To exchange market data on sensors and appliances, in order to contribute to the
"NEXUS Market Analysis of Microsystems" with sounding data on this important
mass market. Results are included in the NEXUS Market Analysis for Microsystems 2000 -
- To discuss in a structured way on potential developments and driving forces in household
appliances. This resulted in autumn 2000 in a contribution to the "NEXUS Technology
Roadmap for Microsystems"; an activity which was continued and updated during
- To inform and to stimulate new developments in the area of microsystems and microsensors
with potential use in household appliances
- Inform on the use of natural gas for household appliances, and the use of new sensors in
- Developments of washing detergents and its consequences for microsystems (sensors,
- The organization and tasks of the European Commission
- Additional club members are welcome, in particular from the household appliance
industry. An open contribution to the activities is expected.
Contact Point is the USC Coordinator:
Sgt Sensor Consulting Dr. Guido Tschulena
Reichenberger Str. 5
D 61273 Wehrheim
This is also part of the European NEXUS