Home Automation

FROM CLEANLINESS TO SAFETY

RAFI products enable consumers to switch on washing machines, connect devices or lock their homes using their smartphones, making life easier at the touch of a button. This is why our components are installed in countless consumer goods– including automatic steam irons, heating boilers or alarm systems.

HEATING DEVICES

The special requirements in this field are compliance with industry standards and high design requirements in terms of the appearance and flexibility of multiple product variations. Also relevant here is adhesive technology for a wide variety of materials such as glass, plastic and metal, as well as  robot assembly in volume production. Capacitive sensor systems in heating devices must be highly resistant to the relevant media to prevent inadvertent or external actuation.

Examples of customer-specific solutions for heating devices

TOUCHSCREEN FOR BAKERY OVENS

Oven controls and control panel. The system consists of a GLASSCAPE touchscreen with display and customer-specific electronics. It was imperative to ensure the system is resistant to various foods such as jam, butter or flour. It also has to be easy to operate even when wearing gloves. RAFI experts developed the hardware and software and assisted with development of the control electronics. Finally, we implemented the solution in industrial application.

Customer benefits

  • Central development by RAFI
  • Central project management by RAFI
  • Closeness to the customer

LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT

Today’s washing machines, dryers and irons come with ever more high tech to ensure laundry ends up fragrant and in good shape. Sensors for detergent metering, lighting units for washing machine drums and steam jet pushbuttons on irons are established features in homes. You can rely on RAFI for these technologies.

Examples of customer-specific solutions for laundry equipment

SWITCHING UNITS FOR WASHING MACHINES AND DRYERS

On/off and door opening switches. Household appliances manufacturer Miele wanted switches for its washing machines and dryers which were not just reliable, but also compact. Our 100 years of experience in contact technology secured us the order. Miele was able to rely on our development performance and production competence.

Customer benefits

  • Fast project implementation
  • RAFI project team
  • Flexible production capacities for over 1 million switches per year

WASHING MACHINE DRUM ILLUMINATION

LED illumination. For the premium washing machine and dryer market, Miele required a state-of-the-art illumination system for washing machine drums. The special challenges here were water-tightness, temperature fluctuations, heat dissipation of the LEDs and detergent resistance of the materials.

Customer benefits

  • Solid expertise in the development of illumination refraction and light scattering
  • Calculation of LED heating and heat dissipation
  • Laser soldering of LEDs to lead frames

SWITCHING UNIT FOR AUTOMATIC IRONS

Switch combination. For its new generation of automatic irons, Miele required a combination of on/off switches, steam buttons and speed regulation with illuminated buttons. There was a particular focus on top design and reliability, plus air gap and creep distance requirements due to the tight installation space.

Customer benefits

  • Knowledge of the required standards
  • Optimum illumination of keycaps using fibre optics
  • Complex housing developed at RAFI
  • Housing production at RAFI’s plastic injection-moulding facility

HOME TECHNOLOGY, SAFETY AND BUILDING TECHNOLOGY

The Internet of Things and the Smart Home are already reality for many people. Growing security-consciousness means they also want  intelligent home control systems. That includes simple smartphone operation. RAFI draws on the experience and expertise needed to produce the control electronics for these systems.

Examples of customer-specific solutions for home technology, safety and building technology

TOUCHSCREEN FOR DOOR SPEAKER SYSTEM

Door control system for a camera-monitored building. The RAFI system copes easily with various environmental conditions, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Customer benefits

  • Complete device ready packaged for the end customer
  • High production standards, currently in accordance with AQL65
  • Rapid redesign of iTenter to MxDisplay
  • Software updates seamlessly integrated into the production process

TOUCHSCREEN FOR THERMAL TECHNOLOGY

Control unit for a heating boiler. The system is used indoors. Because of the ignition sparks from the internal gas combustion system, the capacitive sensor field must meet high EMC requirements. RAFI experts developed the hardware and software and assisted with development of the control electronics. Finally, we implemented the solution in industrial application.

Customer benefits

  • Central development by RAFI
  • Central project management by RAFI
  • Closeness to the customer

YOUR CONTACT

RAFI GmbH & Co. KG

Ravensburger Str. 128–134
D-88276 Berg/Ravensburg
Tel.: +49 751 89-0
Fax: +49 751 89-1300