Control Systems

Advanced control systems for complex machines, systems and devices

At Czero controls is not an afterthought but begins when the project begins. To engineer the most intelligent systems, our controls team works closely with the analysis and mechanical design teams to integrate controls development with hardware development from the very beginning of each project. This enables us to create the best solution for all key constraints to meet the customers' requirements and specifications and prevents the glitches that often manifest with late-stage controls design.

From completely customized to rapid-prototype-based control systems

Czero has experience with a wide range of controls hardware ranging from state-of-the-art hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) systems all the way to maker level Arduino and raspberry PI boards and everything in between such as programmable logic controllers (PLC's) and rapid prototyping controllers. We are hardware agnostic and will work with you to select the hardware platform used based on your project needs and system specifications.

Czero has full panel design and build capability so once the hardware platform has been selected, we can design and build a custom enclosure or rack for the system. Everything is fully documented for future use.

When it comes to controls design, we have the right tools for the job so that you have flexibility regarding approach and cost.

Connected across the industry

To round out our in-house engineering and build capabilities, Czero works with industry partners in such areas as PCBA design, custom harness assemblies and other specialty services.

A full range of capabilities

  • Embedded Controls at both the hardware abstraction layer and driver layer
  • MIL (model-in-the-loop) and HIL (hardware-in-the-loop) development
  • Rapid controls prototyping
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • Industrial Controls and Automation
  • System Modeling and Identification
  • Advanced controls algorithm development including:
    • Dynamic programming
    • Non-linear, Optimal, and Adaptive control
    • Neural networks

Example Hardware

    • National Instruments
    • dSPACE
    • Speedgoat
    • Motohawk
    • Woodward
    • Bosch
    • Beckhoff
    • WAGO
    • ABB
    • Arduino/Raspberry Pi/Particle

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    Programming Languages

    • Assembly, C/C++, C#, Java, Python, etc.
    • MATLAB/Simulink
    • LabVIEW


    • TCP/IP
    • Modbus (RTU and TCP), ProfiBus
    • CAN,XCP, CCP, J1939, J1587
    • I2C, SPI
    Aker Solutions

    "Czero is one of the best companies I have worked with for analysis and simulation; including dynamic modeling, CFD and FEA. Their deep expertise and comprehensive quality system ensure accurate results. Czero's project management is excellent, providing clean concise information on progress, schedule and budget. Czero is a go-to source for projects ranging from analysis and simulation to prototype product development and testing. They deliver strong solutions to the challenges faced by Offshore and Subsea markets."

    - Horst Moll, Former First Chief Engineer, Aker Solutions

    "Nexceris has been working with Czero since 2018 to develop and demonstrate a 50-kW scale hybrid power system for a government customer (ARPA-E). Czero led system design and controls development, and currently is leading system construction and testing work on the project. Czero engineers are extremely talented, innovative, detail oriented and responsive. I have thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration and provide my highest recommendation."

    - Scott Swartz, Founder and CTO, Nexceris
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    "PDC Machines- a compression and refueling technology provider to the world’s emerging hydrogen economy has been working with Czero for over 6 years on a combination of greenfield new technology and incremental technology improvements to our product. They have been able to take our napkin sketch frameworks and work with our team to deliver minimum viable product to complete solutions which are efficient, marketable and in many cases patentable. Their clear and simple approach to partnership- working as part of one team PDC staff is why I believe in the growing foundation we started 6 years ago."

    - Kareem Afzal, Executive Chairman, PDC Machines
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    "We chose Czero since they have a stellar reputation for innovation and expertise in the automotive industry. They also have a proven track record and prior history with the original inventor [of Onboard Dynamics natural gas refueling technology]—who is on our team—that has already resulted in huge successes in meeting critical milestones and performing to expectations."

    - Rita Hansen, CEO Onboard Dynamics
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    "I have a >$1M US Department of Energy research effort for which I was understaffed and lacking specific subject area expertise. Czero was able to engage last minute to displace a well-known automotive engineering company at a fraction of the price. Over a year into the project, Czero has continued to be responsive and trustworthy; their engineering performance has contributed significantly to an increase in project funding from the sponsor. As the project principal investigator, selecting Czero as an engineering services company has been one of the best decisions I have made."

    - Chris Hagen, Assistant Professor, Energy Systems Engineering Oregon State University – Cascades
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    "Czero’s work with us to fully understand the requirements of the end product for the new reactor engine system has been instrumental in developing a completely new, innovative system. From these requirements, they were able to quickly come up with multiple concepts for vetting against the tough project objectives, which include not only technical feasibility but also aggressive cost targets. The in-depth simulation and analysis of the various concepts that Czero did ahead of time has built tremendous confidence we are going down the right path."

    - Devin Halliday, Principal Investigator, Gas Technology Institute
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    "Czero’s ability to work with our engineers in developing innovative, ground-breaking technology has been a great benefit to the SuperTurbo development. We have placed a lot of trust in Czero’s ability to deliver and have not been disappointed. They are a top-shelf organization."

    - Tom Waldron, Executive VP, SuperTurbo Technologies
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    “My initial request to Czero was to develop software and the associated controller needed for a very important competitive assessment of our product. Due to the nature of the project, I needed the work to be accomplished and in my customers hands within 2 months, which was a very aggressive necessary timeline for this level of work. Not only did Czero get the software and ECU requirements done to spec, but the system was delivered to my customer ahead of time to support the testing. The expertise, timeliness, and quality of the Czero solution was outstanding!”

    - Bradlee J. Stroia Ph.D., Stanadyne Operating Company LLC
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    "We’ve had an absolutely fantastic, positive experience with Czero and I wholeheartedly endorse them. They are more than a typical ‘throw it over the fence’ engineering consulting firm, as Czero not only develops a strong understanding on the background of the project, but they also think along the way and offer suggestions and ideas beyond the scope of the simple engineering contract deliverables. And, they deliver, too. They are really solid, outstanding people."

    - Steve Kloos, Former CEO AquaHydrex

    "The engineers on the Czero team were proactive problem-solvers from our first introduction. They quickly applied the full breadth and depth of their engineering team’s impressive intellect to determine the most efficient and cost effective system to maximize the energy-harvesting capabilities of Brown’s concept.

    They were remarkably objective in their trade studies to find the best solution, favoring a simpler mechanical solution over their greatest strength: advanced hydraulics. They walked us through potential failure modes of each system, and educated the team about the pitfalls of component scalability. In addition to their technical solutions, Czero did an excellent job conveying their thought process and analysis to the Brown team with clear graphs, diagrams and presentations, which streamlined decision-making.

    Czero added tremendous value to the Brown project and was a pleasure to work with. We look forward to putting our heads together on future projects."

    - Tom Derecktor, CEO
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    "Czero has been an invaluable and integral part of our program. From component and subsystem design to detailed system performance analysis, Czero’s integrated engineering approach has allowed us to develop elements quickly to meet the very ambitious schedule challenges imposed by our U.S Department of Defense contract."

    - Scott Frazier, Co-founder and CEO
    Factor e

    "Czero has been a valuable strategic partner in helping FACTOR[e] startups advance technologies quickly while staying lean during their crucial first two years. We know Czero’s agility, creativity and process. We trust their team. We’ve seen their technology insights and the business value of what they deliver."

    - Morgan DeFoort, CEO
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    "As we move from R&D to commercialization, Czero is providing top-notch engineering support to our team, transforming our ideas and concepts from prototype designs to viable commercial products. Czero really digs into the requirements before starting the design process, enabling us to easily collaborate on design options that optimize our product designs to meet market demand and ensure customer satisfaction. Without hesitation, we recommend Czero to anyone wanting to accelerate R&D and product development."

    - Steve Witt, CEO, OptiEnz Sensors
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    "Czero understood our test objectives very quickly and communicated systematically to define the test procedure, scale model details, and test fixture that fulfilled all test requirements quickly and safely. They creatively utilized off-the-shelf items in the scale model to keep its cost low and provided a clear, concise report—including useful insight—within a week of test completion. Helix is very pleased with the service provided by Czero."

    - Roy Cottrell, Engineering Manager, Helix ESG
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    "With extensive experience in engine systems design, Czero played a vital
    role in helping Logimesh expedite concept-to-prototype development and
    testing of our award-winning Logimote engine health monitoring platform."

    - Bill Gillette, President & CEO, Logimesh Technologies, LLC
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    "Czero was the right partner to help us design our custom grist bin and bag intake station. They found the perfect balance between a properly engineered solution, a cost effective solution, and an aesthetic solution."

    - Bryan Hermann, Technical Director, K-MALT
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    "The true sign of individual or organizational dynamism is the willingness to take risks. It signals real confidence in capabilities and know-how, the flexibility and creativity to explore and test new solutions, and guts to do what it takes to deliver under real economic and technical uncertainty. Czero epitomizes those characteristics and combines them with old-fashioned integrity and reliability. Needless to say, their engineering and technical capabilities are superb. As a young company commercializing real black-box technology, we've entrusted Czero with taking responsibility for critical design and engineering tasks for which there are no precedents, i.e. it has never been done before. They have delivered, under demanding time and resource constraints, and set a very high bar. Culturally and otherwise, they are an ideal partner for young startups who need deep-dive, blank-slate engineering solutions. I would recommend them to anyone."

    - Richard Kinsman, former President & CEO, CO2 Nexus Inc. (now Tersus Solutions)
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    "Czero was an insightful and very technically proficient group that were instrumental in helping us develop our technology. They were very quick studies to understand the fundamental challenges we faced and design/build solutions around them. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value.

    - Doug Henston, Former CEO, Solix Biofuels

    "Czero understands technology development from the back-of-the-napkin stage to the product launch stage. I've never met a team who is more capable of keeping the end-product vision in mind during the early stages of engineering."

    - Sam Jaffe, CEO, Panea Energy

    "Czero provided a custom engineering solution to our need to convey conceptual functionality. Their approach was creative, effective, high quality and fast. Highly endorsed."

    - Rick Dunagan, Partner, Symbiotic Solutions

    "To work with Czero is nothing short of a privilege. Stemming from their excellent credentials and strong analytical aptitude, they consistently translate complex technical situations into plain English to allow multidisciplinary group to function together seamlessly."

    - Nick Rancis, Co-Founder and Principal, Tierra Verde Consulting LLC

    "I was extremely impressed with how quickly Czero understood the needs and intent of the bearing housing design and how responsive they were in completing the drawing package."

    - Scott Taylor, VP of Engineering, TMA Global Wind Energy Systems

    Reach out to us, schedule a meeting, and let's find your custom solution.

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