Product development

Decades of experience in the development and industrialisation of mechatronic products give you the security of receiving products of the highest reliability.

The average age of our development team is 37. With more than 60 development staff, we therefore have a well-balanced mix of innovative energy and experience. We are able to draw successfully on our development expertise in finished components to provide a committed, targeted and profitable service to our customers.

We are available for consultation at any time with no obligation on your part. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Development phases

We carry out development in accordance with our established mechatronics engineering process, which is essential for the successful execution of a project. It goes without saying that we are also able to adapt flexibly and quickly to the processes that you specify.

(Kopie 1)

Description

  • Determination of project definition
  • Preparation and planning of the relevant phases
  • Preliminary project / analysis if complexity is high

Deliverables

  • Quotations
  • Preliminary studies

Product maturity

  • Initial sketches / ideas

Description

  • Requirement analysis and specification
  • Idea generation with the help of creativity methods
  • Feasibility analyses
  • Serviceability studies

Deliverables

  • Specification document
  • Technical specification
  • Analysis data
  • Draft designs
  • Principle proofs

Product maturity

  • Principle proofs

Description

  • Concept elaboration with CAD, circuit design, software concept

Deliverables

  • Risk analysis
  • Draft test plan
  • Revised technical specification
  • Component selection
  • Functional model
  • Product maturity
  • Functional model

Description

  • 3D models revised, 2D drawings created, hardware concept revised, software concept revised

Deliverables

  • Risk assessment (design review / FMEA)
  • Software concept revised
  • Supplier selection
  • Prototype produced
  • Stress tests (preliminary tests)


Product maturity

  • Prototype

Description

  • This phase concerns serialisation of the prototype status, including production equipment


Deliverables

  • Risks eliminated from risk assessment
  •  Initial series produced
  • Type testing carried out on initial series
  • Series product

Product maturity

  • Initial series / production series

Description

  • This phase concerns the handover of the data and knowledge to the customer

Deliverables

  • Project completion
  • Data transfer
  • Customer satisfaction measured

Product maturity

  • Series

Our core competences

(Kopie 2)

A precise understanding of the requirements to be met by the product, process and project is central to the success of new products.

Tools:

  • QFD
  • Specification document
  • Functional specification document
  • Kano model

Questions:

  • What requirements are expected? (implicit)
  • What requirements are expressed?
  • What requirements could impress?

 

We would be pleased to assist you with requirement management. We look forward to hearing from you.

This method can be used to formulate the requirements to be met by a product. It also facilitates the identification of unnamed functions.

We would be pleased to provide you with comprehensive support with the black-box analysis. We look forward to hearing from you.

This method can be used to map out the requirements to be met by the interfaces. It allows the identification of functions that are frequently omitted when creating the specification document.

We would be pleased to assist you with a system boundary analysis. We look forward to your enquiry.

The purpose of a functional analysis is to devise alternative technical solutions to an existing problem. This is done by subdividing the objects into their various components, elements, aspects, etc. In the first step, the object under consideration is broken down into its basic functions. (structure tree) The second step deals with the question of how the basic function can be fulfilled. This is achieved by assigning all conceivable ways of fulfilling the function to the basic function. These can then be transferred to a matrix. The advantage of this method is that the relevant problem domain is clearly structured.

We would be pleased to provide you with comprehensive support with a functional analysis. We look forward to hearing from you.

By using this creative methodology and technique, which we have developed ourselves, we are able to generate novel and unconventional solutions for complex tasks.

If you are interested in a corporate notebook, we look forward to hearing from you.

Morphological analysis is a creative heuristic method used to encompass complex problem domains and consider all possible solutions without prejudice.
The core element of the analysis is a multi-dimensional matrix.

We would be pleased to assist you with a morphological analysis. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Value analysis is a methodology that is intended to provide rational support to the decision-making process for complex problems. Value analysis is a relatively old procedure, which has its origins in the economic “utility analysis” approach. It was introduced to German-speaking countries by Zangemeister (1976). Whereas cost-benefit analysis takes account of various criteria only in terms of efficiency, value analysis evaluates the effectiveness, that is, the outcome. We would be pleased to assist you with a value analysis. We would be happy to hear from you.

This method is used to eliminate any faults in the construction of a product. It involves having colleagues outside of the project team place the construction on a test bench in order to ensure that the design is robust. Every construction undergoes this form of quality assurance testing at Antrimon Engineering. The method generates rapid feedback on: serviceability (overall product), manufacturability (especially in the case of off-tool parts), ease of assembly (assembly manufacturing process). This feedback is collected, and the team discusses which changes / improvements should be implemented.

We would be pleased to place your construction on the test bench. We look forward to hearing from you.

This is gaining in importance, particularly for the design of user interfaces (Human Machine Interface), which are becoming increasingly intuitive. According to DIN EN ISO 9241-11, it denotes the extent to which a product, system or a service can be used by certain users in a specific application context to achieve particular objectives in an effective, efficient and satisfactory manner. It is therefore closely related to the concept colloquially known as user friendliness as well as the broader concept of the user experience (UX). Furthermore, a distinction is drawn between serviceability characteristics that are essential requirements and those that add value. We would be pleased to assist you in conducting a serviceability study. We look forward to hearing from you.

Given the risks of product liability, a company has three primary tasks that it must perform: to ensure that only fault-free products come onto the market and that freedom from faults is maintained over the whole product life, and, in the event of damage, to prove that the product was fault-free when it was placed on the market. The data relating to this must be immediately available. It must be possible to show that everything required for risk minimization was done. The financing of product risk must be assured. We would be pleased to assist you in minimizing product risks using FMEA. We look forward to hearing from you.

The timely identification of product risks and the use of simulations to determine the boundaries of the system are essential for a robust design and good project planning.

We are able to make use of numerous tools to carry out the following simulations for you:

  • Structural-mechanical simulation
  • Thermal simulation
  • Magnetic simulation
  • Optical simulation
  • Rheological simulation
  • Simulation of circuits

Your potential for savings and benefits

  • Reduction of prototype versions and trials using simulations
  • Determination of boundary values
  • Safety through simulations
  • Time savings within the project
  • Increased quality of your product

Have we aroused your interest? Then we look forward to your enquiry.

TRIZ is the Russian acronym for Teoria reschenija isobretatjelskich sadatsch, the meaning of which can be translated into English as “Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TIPS)”.

  • Plastic parts
  • Silicone mats
  • Press-bent parts
  • Metal die casting
  • and much more...

Polymer potting is becoming increasingly important in product development.

Casting resins protect the electronic components, thus ensuring long-term functionality. The hardening of the resin creates a difficult-to-break bond with the component and protects it against shocks, vibrations, dust or moisture. Polymer potting also means protection for the user. Electrical and electronic components are integrated in a great many products without which everyday life would be unthinkable.
Whether household appliances, building automation or automotive technology is concerned – electronic components are installed everywhere. Without perfect functionality we would be permanently exposed to danger.
For example in the automotive industry, where the value-added proportion of electronic systems is 25-40% in fully equipped premium cars and even more than 50% in electric cars. The failure of individual components, e.g. the ABS or airbags could therefore have fatal consequences.

Advantages of potting

  • Functional reliability
  • Long-term stability
  • Fewer failures of individual components
  • Reduction in warranty claims and recalls
  • Lifetime extension: MTtF – Mean time to failure
  • General protection of the technology

Do you have any questions or would you like some advice? Our experts look forward to your contact request.