Dana is focused on our customer’s success and most customers expect fast response and fast execution. We strive to respond quickly to new inquiries and rapidly respond to RFIs and RFQs meeting our customers timing needs.

When engaged in project activities, our OpenECU® Rapid Controls Prototyping systems allow us to accelerate the development process meeting aggressive timing requirements. Our control models are optimized for speed and size to get the most out of your application, designed to allow for growth as system requirements evolve (reducing development and testing time), and provide full traceability back to requirements.

Teamwork is essential to moving fast. Dana works in cross-functional teams comprised of highly experienced engineers, many of whom have worked with or come from automotive OEMs and Tier 1s. Focused teams applying the appropriate proven development and project management processes enable us to provide high quality products in reduced time frames.


Dana serves a broad range of customers including major OEMs, Tier 1s, small start-ups, research groups and Universities. In order to meet the needs of this diverse customer base, we have a flexible, client focused business model. From technology transfer to integrated customer teams, flexible IP ownership, and collaborative working styles, Dana always works to keep our customers’ best interests in mind. We work with our customers to develop win / win scenarios and relationships focused on working the way our customers need us to work.

Proven Experience

Dana has been working with embedded model based controls on large complex programs for more than 20 years and introduced the OpenECU brand in 2003. Our OpenECU rapid controls prototyping systems have been used by both Dana and customer engineering teams to develop a broad range of prototype and production embedded controls applications in markets including automotive, heavy-duty, off-highway, autonomous vehicles and aviation (flying cars).

OpenECU combines the robustness and reliability of a production ECU with a proven user friendly rapid controls prototyping development platform. Because our controllers are designed to be customized, our customers’ specific application needs can be satisfied without compromise.

Custom ECUs
Dana has been designing, developing and customizing ECUs for more than 20 years. Many applications are safety critical and we are experienced in satisfying ISO26262 and DO-178B functional Safety requirements.

Applications include EV / HEV supervisory controllers, gasoline and diesel engine controllers, diesel exhaust aftertreatment controllers, injector driver modules, UAV engine controllers, chassis controllers, BMS master controllers and sensor-less BLDC motor controllers. For production, we utilize proven contract manufacturing partners to assure the highest quality at competitive prices. We have the experience to support all your custom ECU needs.

Systems, Controls, and Software engineering
Dana’s engineering team has been working on embedded model-based controls on large complex programs for more than 20 years. With systems, controls, software and hardware development engineers under one roof, Dana can work on all aspects of embedded control system delivery. Our systems engineers are fully versed in functional safety, and work with our customers to ensure that all project functional and non-functional requirements are fully understood. Our controls engineers develop controls models that fulfill all customer requirements. Our hardware engineering team is used to designing controller solutions that meet functionality, quality, and cost drivers, whether that’s re-applying circuits from our OpenECU library, or coming up with new custom designs. The software team at Dana is dedicated to maintaining and updating the base software, operating system, and build environment that makes OpenECU the most robust prototype and production controls development platform available. Putting all of this engineering capability together enables Dana to excel at delivering full production controller developments and associated applications, from discussion of the first requirements with the customer, to launch in volume production.

Process Rigor and Certifications
Dana has been operating under formal software and hardware development processes since the inception of the company. We are ISO9001-2015 certified and have the experience to adjust the level of process rigor to meet the timing/cost/deliverable needs of any program. At Dana, we understand that one size does not fit all!