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TME consulting can efficiently provide a customer with a competitive edge when outsourcing engineering work.  Consulting can provide necessary project definition and business planning, whether for product design and prototyping or for custom test and process equipment needed to manufacture a product.  The knowledge, experience, thinking, and research behind consulting can directly influence project success and provide a high return on investment.

Consulting can define and plan a project while also considering the product life cycle from the supply chain through manufacturing to the customer.  This activity results in fewer physical design revisions and a more manufacturable, testable, and robust product.  A competitive edge is produced by reduced overall project costs and time to market, improved quality and reliability, well thought out product features, and reduced customer returned goods.  The cost of a single product revision or dissatisfied customer can easily exceed the cost of consulting.

TME consulting can address a wide variety of high-level and low-level design and manufacturing topics and strategies before physical design begins.  TME can consult on a variety of products, technologies, materials, processes, test, and process equipment topics.  TME views a design as a system integration problem, since many technical, business, and human factors must be considered and combined to achieve success with an advanced technology product.

PROJECT DEFINITION

Generate and evaluate viable ideas, conceptual designs, and alternatives

Research, analyze, evaluate, and tradeoff available technologies in electronics, photonics, packaging, etc.

Consider

Hardware and software architecture, system partitioning, make and buy decisions

Manufacturability, testability, operability, style, esthetics, and procurement

The needs and requirements of suppliers, customer, and customer's customers

Technical risks and need for feasibility study to reduce risk

Intellectual property and competition

Safety (UL, CSA, etc.) and other agency standards (FCC, Telecordia, etc.)

Identify

Design and development requirements

Specifications and goals

Choices for critical components, equipment, materials, processes, architecture, and technology

Risks, risk management, and contingency plans

Cost, performance, quality, or reliability estimates and targets

Example critical topics for the telecom industry include:

Fixed and tunable lasers, PIN and avalanche optical receivers, wavelength lockers

Optical transmitters, receivers, transponders, amplifiers, integrated circuits

Data drivers, clock drivers, clock-data recovery modules

Optical filters, couplers, circulators, isolators

FEC, MUX, DEMUX, DWDM, SONET, DSn

2.5 GB/s, 10 GB/s, 40 GB/s, NRZ, RZ, CRZ modulators, SBS, span design

BUSINESS PLANNING

Identify and develop manufacturing strategies, tactics, plans, and facilities

Manual and automatic assembly materials, processes, equipment, and procurement

Manual and automatic test at visual, in-circuit, functional, system test levels

Reliability screens such as burn-in, environmental stress screening, vibration, humidity, etc.

Troubleshooting, re-work, and failure analysis

Compose statements of work and negotiate with subcontractors, suppliers, and customer personnel

Produce executive summaries and business plan content

Recommend and make technical infrastructure changes to improve product implementation, such as:

CAD platforms, tools, methods, libraries, forms, and formats

Documentation, electronic filing systems, part and product numbering

Technical tutoring, training, personnel development, selection, and evaluation

Policy, procedure, ISO900x document composition

Teamwork, concurrent engineering methods, pro-activity, organization, incentives

 

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