October 31, 2020

Develop a market-resistant electronic product in 4 steps

Based on these 4 steps, you develop a market-resistant and electronic product.

  1. The development process
  2. The construction phase
  3. The inspection process
  4. production

1. The development process

It is important to start developing the prototype on time. There are ways to shorten the lead time without compromising the quality of your end product.

However, there are also phases in the development process that take relatively more time, but in the long term ensure a higher quality end product. This reduces the chance of defects afterward and higher service costs.

The design

Product definition

Absolute Electronics starts with the product definition: Which market will you serve with your electronic product? For which region or situation? What are the main functions? How should your product react in certain situations? Investigate whether the product definition is sufficient. Is it complete? Then we move on to the research phase.

Preliminary investigation

In the research phase, we look at how we can develop your electronic solution as efficiently and sustainably as possible. Which solution directions can we distinguish? Can we build a proof concept? Which parts do we do that with?

You can also profit from the techniques you use. Working with existing techniques saves time. We also check in advance which technical parts are available and, if possible, adjust the design or planning accordingly.

New techniques take more time because they require a learning curve: both for the end-user and for the engineer. For the end-user because new ideas and areas of application often arise along the way. And for the engineer, because technical complications have to be solved. Read more PCB manufacturing and assembly

Functional technical design (FTO)

With the FTO we create the framework for development. In this document, we set out the specifications of PCBA and the preconditions that it must meet. We also describe the functions of the PCBA. How something should function and what actions you have to do to make a machine work to get the desired result, for example.

2. The construction phase

The prototype

Once the design has been approved, we will start building the prototype. The aim of this is to remove design errors, also with regard to safety, from the design. If we tackle these mistakes here, it will save a lot of time later in the production process.

The zero series

When the prototype has been approved, we start with the zero series. This series aims to test functionality more widely and expose the product to the actual environment.

We create a test group consisting of your primary target group and indicate what / what they should test for. This provides insight into the reliability of your product. In this way, we can already see before the end product is put into use in which conditions it will and will not survive.

Process feedback electronic functions

How does your target group experience the test product? What are they up to? If certain electronic functions do not work optimally, we adjust them in this phase. This is the basis for your end product. Here you can visit Cable and Wire Harness Assembly

Pre-compliance test

We can perform a pre-compliance test before your electronic product goes to the inspection authorities. This can save a lot of time and money. We can then, for example, test how much radiation is emitted from the electronic product and whether it meets the situation requirements.

Test, test, test

We perform burn-in tests on the prototype, among other things. This means that we test your prototype extensively and thoroughly to detect and resolve design errors.

Other possible tests and studies:

  • X-ray (roentgen)
  • Climate testing
  • Overvoltage
  • Electrical tests
  • Tests indicated by you, as the client

In addition, Absolute PCB makes the software in a state machine. This ensures a robust prototype. Furthermore, from the first prototype, we take into account that hardware complies with the EMC and ESD approval.

3. The inspection process

If your prototype needs to be inspected or you want to have it inspected, this can just take 2 months.

We advise you to take these inspections into account during the design and construction phase. It is a shame if it appears during this phase that your product does not meet the standards. In that case, you have to go back to the drawing board, which increases the turnaround time and increases costs.

That is why we always advise you to do a pre-compliance test: a test that we perform before we carry out the 'real' tests. This ultimately saves you time and money.

4. Production

We have both the development and the production in-house to develop and produce every PCB. From simple PCBs with a few components to advanced PCBs for which software must be written.