When is the best time to engage Device Solutions? Most devices will require some sort of certification, industry related testing, and approvals. For example, wireless cellular communication devices require certifications in the United States from organizations like the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to assure the devices adhere to established communications equipment rules, these tests can be performed at organizations like the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina (WRCNC), and ultimately seek approvals and certifications from carriers like Verizon Wireless in conjunction with testing labs like Cetecom who are designated to validate that devices meet minimal performance and conformance specifications to operate on the Verizon Wireless network. Depending on the intended use(s) of the device and countries the device is intended to be used, there are a host of other Certification, Testing, and Approval bodies to which paperwork, fees, and engineering support are required. Given the depth and breadth of experience at Device Solutions, designs done by DS engineers have a distinct advantage of going through the testing, approvals and certifications much more smoothly due to DS engineers anticipating the tests during the design phase and doing pre-testing along the way. Having experts like DS to help navigate the intricate details can save significant amounts of time, money, and stress – especially if it is your first time going through these certifications and approvals.
Whether Bob, Chris and the Device Solutions team did the initial design, they are always keeping in mind the objective of getting as high a quality product to market as possible given the design and market constraints. A great value of the Certifications, Testing, and Approvals stage is that DS has been through these processes and worked with these organizations many times and know how to streamline the project plan to squeeze as much time advantage as possible. If the design has anticipated these tests and requirements, the process can be relatively straightforward, if the design did not consider the testing that has to be done, well the process will still be better with DS in your corner.
The first step, no matter what stage of your development or re-design is to contact Bob (Device Solutions’ CEO) and arrange an in person discussion. If you have already worked with Bob and Device Solutions, you know about the incredible experience of working with a company that prides itself on openness, transparency, and authenticity (and innovation). If you haven’t met the Device Solutions team, you owe it to yourself and your company to have an ongoing relationship with a company who knows the terrain of testing and can lead you and your team to achieve certifications and approvals for your products.