In 10 steps to a series product.
Definition of the Task
You know what you want!
... and here’s the specification sheet.
It can take a wide variety of forms. The spectrum goes all the way from a description given during a phone call through to a folder containing fully detailed and exact specifications. In practice, it’s likely to be somewhere in between—but the important thing is that we understand what you need. And to do that the communication between us and you is vital so that we know exactly what you want. Maybe our questions will address things that you haven’t thought of previously or that you may have taken for granted.
The things that are important to you are the things that are important to us, and that’s the point we want to arrive at together. We use your specification sheet to draw up our functional specification. This is a document we create where all the points in your specification sheet are listed and elaborated in detail. We prepare the functional specification and submit it to you for approval. Once you have approved it, it forms the basis for our development. A development is something that evolves. It may well be that new ideas emerge during the development process. Either from you or from us. These are discussed together, and can be incorporated into a new revision of the functional specification, which you in turn approve.
Once development has been completed, the functional specification forms the basis for validating the development results.
Electronic Hardware Development
We develop the circuit diagram and layout in-house on our own CAD systems. This is because nobody but our developers know what is essential for a particular wire or component. We are perfectly equipped to meet the requirements of modern video layouts for high-speed systems and impedance-matched PCB developments and, besides the development systems required, also have the appropriate experience when it comes to building them. This also secures the interfaces to our own logic design and mechanical CAD systems and to our software developers, allowing the entire development process to be carried out smoothly and cost-effectively.
Our long-term partner companies produce and assemble the printed circuit boards. They are specialists in their fields and we gladly draw on their expertise. They have the appropriate approvals and certificates in place to ensure your and our quality standards are met.
Finished assemblies are fed back to our Development department where they are tested and inspected or prepared for logic design and software development.
Nowadays, video designs cannot be imagined without complex logic circuits. Our in-house logic design development ensures that the course for frictionless logic design is already set the during hardware development stage.
The power of VHDL and Verilog high-level languages and the corresponding design tools mean developments and simulations can be realized efficiently. These tools provide us with a very powerful means of achieving optimal and maintenance-safe results, and ensure that products and their associated documentation can be extended easily and in accordance with the standards, even after many years.
Alongside logic design, software development is a mainstay in developing complex assemblies. This entails working with a wide variety of tools to make sure that “everything fits”. Interface definitions for external controllability or data transfer are taken into account as much as the documentation according to guidelines.
Software specifications usually represent a significant part of the specification sheet and can therefore be efficiently drawn up and also validated to meet all the requirements of the final certification.
Our 3D CAD systems make it possible to exchange data with you simply and securely. The target system’s space requirements can be determined in advance and a suitable solution designed.
Mechanical designs can be discussed and evaluated in advance of prototype production. The 3D representation allows a photorealistic representation of the product to be visually assessed in advance, and change requests can be made before the samples are produced.
With the corresponding data, a direct exchange can carried out seamlessly using the CAM system to produce the required components. This makes the quick and cost-optimized production of the parts possible.
We support all standard CAD/CAM formats for the exchange of data.
Our broad network of suppliers and specialized companies mean prototypes and pre-series can be manufactured quickly and economically. These are of series production quality and meet the highest standards.
These units are used for trials and certifications.
During validation, we check all the functions in the development. A test plan is drawn up based on the functional specification, which defines the test points and how testing is to be carried out. This test plan is carried out and the results are documented in an initial sample test report. You will receive a report along with the delivery of the prototypes/initial samples, describing and confirming the proper functioning of the defined development scope.
If you would like the products certified, we can undertake this ourselves—if feasible—at the certifying bodies. We have a wide range of experience in medical technology, but have also successfully completed certifications according to the MIL Standard.
If our product forms part of the customer’s system, we are available for support and to play our part both in terms of documentation and with test results, and any modifications required.
We can provide you with support in complying with MDR (Medical Device Regulation) requirements.
We are specialized in the production of small and medium quantities. Depending on the level of manufacturing expertise need, we select the ideal subcontractor for the parts in question from our network of suppliers. We focus on a modular principle right from the development stage, which means that we can obtain competitive prices for even the smallest quantities thanks to the volumes we purchase.
The usual way we keep inventory costs to a minimum is by agreeing “just-in-time” delivery to you within agreed annual framework contracts.
Product Support & Training
Technologies continue to evolve. And so do products. We make sure that your products are state of the art.
If possible improvements become available, we contact you with our recommendations and discuss how to proceed. All according to the respective guidelines you have in place for each of your work areas.
Transferring knowledge to our customers is also important to us, however. Questions continually come up in day-to-day business. The texts in invitations to tender need to be revised.
Questions come up about the interfaces. Something is not working quite right in the field— so, why is that?
We are there for you to answer all your questions.
We can also help you with training your employees or holding seminars for product launches.
And should things suddenly not work out, we will be right over to analyze the faults on the spot and take remedial action.