Engineering

At Altatec, our Engineering Department takes care of all technical tasks.

They’re the people to contact if you have any questions about or want an expert’s opinion on research and development, construction, model and initial production, tests and testing equipment. We use tried-and-tested technology, as well as technological solutions that may be feasible in the future. Not only will our Engineering Department be at your side for the development of your product, but they will also be there to help throughout the product’s entire lifecycle!

Through the close collaboration between you, as our client, our Engineering Department and our teams from the Procurement and Production Departments, your product will be continuously optimised in terms of quality and manufacturing costs.

As a result, your idea can be implemented, manufactured and put on the market quicker. Production costs can be decreased and your profits boosted.

Phases of Engineering

  • Step 1: Brainstorming

    Ideas are our most valuable asset. With great motivation and a healthy ambition to always improve our performance, we love to work on unusual concepts and exciting solutions. We are involved in each project from beginning to end and are always available if you need any advice or help!

    Our ideas/solutions are developed as concepts. This is usually done by you, as the client, or in a joint collaboration.

    With new projects we are happy to put together one or several block, sequence and timing diagrams as this allows us to clearly illustrate our approach and goals. All requirements and the ‘nice-to-have’ elements are documented in the specifications and weighed up.

  • Step 2: Feasibility study

    The feasibility study or project study forms the basis for deciding if and how a project can be implemented. In most cases, the next step is a telephone call or meeting with you. So that your idea can be implemented in the quickest and most cost-effective way possible, we will also check if there are already products on the market that could be used for the implementation.

    We quickly come up with a range of solutions and methodically evaluate the advantages, disadvantages and risks of each. As a result, we can provide you with a recommendation with a schedule and a rough estimation of costs. The feasibility study helps you to decide whether you would like us to work with you on this project.

    We can only offer economic feasibility studies and extensive risk analyses with commercial, political, environmental and personnel-related clarifications to a limited extent.

  • Step 3: Calculation/Simulation

    The envisaged solution listed in the specifications as a concept should be developed as a product. This enables an initial estimation to be made for the space needed for the electronic circuits, sensors, actuators and casing. The circuit components evaluated in the block diagram are dimensioned and, if necessary, simulated to ensure that they function correctly. Thanks to the simulation of the electronics, the limitations and possibilities can be seen and evaluated as early as possible. The circuit blocks can then be put together on a large scale. At this time, the aesthetic, ergonomic and safety-related requirements of the customer can be integrated. This information can then be used to create simple, scale 3D models so that the outer appearance can be evaluated.

    When turning an idea into a real product, in addition to the development and programming of the functioning there are also many technical challenges that must be overcome. Altatec can support you here too.

  • Step 4: Functioning model

    The model must be developed so that the product can be manufactured in large quantities (mass production) and with the highest degree of automation possible. By using engineering drawings and our manufacturing experience, the development process can be optimised from the very beginning. An early evaluation of the testability and the required testing equipment, as well as the costs involved, helps to avoid any nasty surprises later.

    The creation and testing of initial functioning models or prototypes during the development stage allows us to identify any possible errors, make any necessary improvements and integrate new knowledge into the product.

  • Step 5: Diagram/Layout

    At Altatec, the technical implementation of the calculated and simulated circuits is done with modern, professional and combined CAD/CAE tools.

    All the information gained from the simulation and the functioning model is taken into consideration when creating the diagram and layout. Once the circuit diagram has been created, the mechanical dimensions and other requirements for the desired end product can be taken into consideration.

    Through rendering and exporting, the laid-out PCB can be used to view or for further development in a CAD tool without it having to be physically available.

    Choosing the right supplier for special printed circuit boards, surfaces and coatings plays a vital role here. Thanks to our many years in the industry, we have built a wide network of reliable partners that we work with regularly. They consistently deliver high-quality supplies on time.

  • Step 6: Manufacturing

    Once all the development and engineering activities described above have been successfully completed, your product can be optimally manufactured.

    With a so-called pilot run we can make sure that all our equipment, such as special tools, machines and devices, are suitable for mass production.

    Our engineering team will be available to answer any other questions that you, as our client, and our production team may have.

    One of the many advantages of working with Altatec is the reliable collaboration between you as the client, the management team, the administration, development, engineering and production teams and external partners.