Technology is constantly progressing in an era when innovation is moving quickly and consumer demands are increasingly more specific. As the market needs unavoidably change, we have to be highly flexible to offer effective solutions to new requirements.
One of our success cases was that of a project focused on making a scent dispenser machine suitable for mass production. This was an innovative IoT machine full of possibilities which has actually been integrating functionalities since it was launched in the market. Both the machine own features and the IoT communication options were defined and also modified in the time the product was being developed, and that’s something to have into account: changes in a creation process may be very frequent and we must be versatile to assume them.
While internal changes in a product development are quite legitimate and frequent, having an internal laboratory within our premises allow us to correct problems, optimize solutions and analyze the best proposals beyond requirements established by regulations, therefore ensuring stronger results. Testing new changes in our lab will mean a minimum impact on costs and also on the project development time.
Our internal pre-certification lab provides a relevant added value. It guarantees the design will meet the corresponding legal requirements, the safety margins will be wide enough to ensure operation in the most demanding environments and all variations will be tested in the most time and cost effective way.
In the case of the scent machine, the configuration of a first prototype had to be tested externally before we had our own EMC lab. Essays performed didn’t detect e.g. any problem in the LED ring, but radiated emissions didn’t have the desired values, although results were compliant with the norm. But when performing our internal essays we managed to reduce even more those emissions, ensuring the best performance of the product in any situation.
There was another issue detected with the LED ring, now related to the wires’ length. But it was in a development phase, so we were in time to analyze the error and apply the changes needed. Two additional essay days at the lab allowed us to improve circuitry to get a wider safety margin, resulting in a most robust solution. If we hadn’t been able to quickly spot and solve this unexpected issue, the final essay in a certified lab could have been a failure.
Homologation processes for IoT products are quite complicated and vary according to the markets to be commercialized. Changes are mandatory, even in hardware items. This means different models need to be available for each market, but the right way to proceed is applying a modular concept. After designing a main and robust central structure, specific modules will be created for the different markets requirements. But all these variations must be tested and owning an internal lab able to test all distinctive features is key. We can make sure the product goes smoothly into the market while saving time and money.