I’ve taken some time out to review why we’ve been called on for electronics design services and software assistance. Here are some of the ways we can help you.
1. Planned and controlled development
The first camp is for those of you who have a product idea. You are planning ahead and are reaching out for expert help.
The projects we deliver for in this case are typically for detailed specifications. For example feasibility studies or proof of concept demonstrators. We also help with design, development and testing of products and test solutions. We help design products to get new or improved ideas to market faster.
In other words helping you to create reliable profitable products.
2. Achieving the best possible product with electronics design services and software support
When you are starting out with the product idea, there is often an opportunity for the implementation to be shaped, challenged and updated.
This helps achieve the best possible product with the lowest manufactured price.
Early feasibility studies and technology demonstrators for higher-risk aspects of the project can be invaluable in the early stages.
They ensure difficult and novel parts of a product are addressed as early as possible in the project.
This can reassure investors see if the project is viable which may also be a requirement for further funding.
Funding may be from internal sources or from an external source, such as shareholders, business angels or manufacturing support grants.
As people don’t know what they don’t know there can be blank faces when asked about what EMC compliance testing has been performed.
Electronics projects may be new to the person leading the project and as such compliance can be a blind spot. This is also true for new and inexperienced designers who may never have experienced the challenging days where a finished product has emissions above the permitted limit-line, or which latches up when subjected to electrostatic discharge.
Better to build compliance planning in at the design stage, than have to go back to it, costing time and money.
Poor requirements and specification changes
One of the fastest ways of wasting product development funds is, to begin with a poor set of requirements.
Product requirements drive the design, test and verification for products.
Where these requirements omit key functionality then additions and modifications will be necessary.
These changes may be minor or may force significant re-work which potentially means that much of the earlier development is scrapped.
When the specification itself is changed, this can have a similar impact.
As with compliance failures, this is often being caused by a lack of knowledge.
Not knowing what you don’t know can be a major problem.