Engineering

The Cicor site in Bronschhofen develops innovative electronics and associated software for customers in the fields of medical technology and industry. Cicor supports you from the idea to the finished product. The development process is ISO9001 and ISO13485 certified and the site also meets the requirements for the development and production of accessories for mobile devices from a leading manufacturer.

 

Development of customized electronic solutions

Technological advances in the development and manufacture of electronic products and regulatory requirements present manufacturers with major challenges. The qualified developers of the Cicor Group support customers from the idea to the finished product.

The development engineers work closely with the production department. Thanks to this cooperation, an intensive exchange of know-how and technology takes place. Target-costing, design-for-manufacturing, design-for-testability and design-for-traceability are practically implemented in daily work.

 

  • Hardware development

    The main areas of expertise are control and regulation technology, actuators, sensors, embedded systems, measurement technology and data processing. Common microcontroller architectures are used.

    • Low-power applications
    • Process and control technology
    • Analog and digital signal processing and measurement
    • Distributed systems
    • Functional safety systems
    • Microcontrollers
      • ARM Cortex-M0 – M4
      • ARM Cortex-A5, A8, A9
      • PIC, MSP430,…
    • Bus systems/interfaces
      • Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet IP
      • CAN, CANOpen
      • USB
      • SPI, I2C, RS485,…
      • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
    • User interfaces
      • Keyboard membranes and glass panels
      • Customized displays
      • Touchscreens
    • Simulations
    • Safety and design FMEA
    • EMC
  • Electronic layout

    PCB designs are implemented with state-of-the-art tools according to the IPC guidelines and the Design Rules Manual. The implementation focuses on design-for-manufacturing and design-for-testability.

    • Altium designer
    • Mentor expedition
    • Electronic circuit plans
    • 3D modeling of modules
    • High-density integration
    • Import filters for current formats
    • Certified interconnect designer (IPC)
    • Flex, semi-flex and rigid-flex circuit boards
    • Design-for-manufacturing
    • Design-for-testing/traceability
  • Mechanics

    In cooperation with the toolmaking department at the Singapore site, sophisticated plastic parts are produced.

    • VariCAD, SolidWorks
    • CAD Import / Export
    • Mechanical construction
      • Plastic injection molding
      • Sheet metal
      • Aluminum die casting / extrusion pressing
      • Composite materials
    • Housing and device construction
    • Miniaturization
    • Assembly drawings/instructions
  • Software development

    The software is developed according to the model-driven approach where appropriate. UML diagrams describe the function from a static and dynamic point of view. The source code for the target system is generated from the models. This approach enables very high design quality, reliability and consistent documentation. User-friendliness is becoming increasingly important for devices. Therefore, state-of-the-art technologies are used for the implementation of the user interfaces.

    • IBM Rational Rhapsody
    • Keil uVision
    • Model-driven engineering
      • UML modeling
      • Target code generation
    • Firmware development in C and C++
    • Bootloader
    • GUIs with QT, HTML5
    • Distributed systems
    • Functionally safe systems
    • Operating systems
      • Freescale MQX, ARM RL-RTX
      • Linux, Windows Embedded, Compact, Android
      • Driver development, BSPs
    • PC tool development
  • Project management

    Development processes are fully documented using Polarion ALM. This guarantees the traceability of requirements, test cases, FMEA, etc.

    • Project planning
    • Controlling
    • Design-to-cost
    • Requirement management using Polarion ALM
    • Full documentation of development process
    • Life cycle management
    • Feasibility studies and concepts
    • Change management
    • Risk management
  • Certifications / Standards

    The development process as well as the production are certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 13485. The hardware complies with directive 93/42/EEC and the harmonized standards IEC 60601 and IEC 62304.

    • Development process certified according to:
      • ISO 9001
      • ISO 13485
    • Important standards/guidelines:
      • Low voltage directive
      • Machinery directive
      • Medical devices directive
      • ISO 14971
      • IEC 60601
      • IEC 61010
      • IEC 62304
      • EMC
      • Standards specific to the individual customer project