Welcome to MFHK Consulting
I work with clients from the initial idea up to the production hand off. The various services I provide are listed below. They can be done separately or combined together as needed.
I will work with you or your team to explore the design possibilities for your product. The process abstracts your idea into its essential characteristics, determines where the product can have the most impact, and what best concept to start work on. This process will give you a clear idea of what the potential for your product is as well as a clear direction for future development. This is a flat rate service that takes between one two weeks.
Deliverables: Key Characteristics List, Manufacturability and Life Cycle Report, Concept Comparison Matrix
Product Definition takes the idea for your product and produces a structured and complete picture of what features it will have and how it will behave. This definition will give you a concise description of your product and a consistent vocabulary that will make it easier to convey your idea to engineers, programmers, and investors. This is a flat rate service that takes between one two weeks.
Deliverables: Feature Definition, Feature Block Diagram, Behavior Definition
This service takes the Product Definition or your own documentation and takes it to the next level of detail. This includes such things as determining PCB power and ground distribution, user interface mockups, major component bill of materials for sourcing etc. Engineering Architecture will show you how to optimize your product design and how it best breaks down into subsystems. This is a fixed-big or time and materials service.
Deliverables: Engineering Specification, Engineering Block Diagram, Behavioral Logic and User Interface Structure, Major Signal List, Major Components Bill of Materials
This service covers the low level development of the product. What is included in it depends on your product but common services are printed circuit board schematic and layout, firmware prototyping and integration, and/or the full bill of materials. This service will produce the design files you will need to manufacture your design. This is a fixed-big or time and materials service.
Deliverables (as required): Design Calculation, Schematic, Layout, Firmware Implementation, Signal Specification, Cable Definition, Full Bill of Materials
Manufacturing Management and Bring Up
With this service I will manage the interface with the fabrication and assembly houses and make sure the prototype production goes smoothly. It also can include bring up of the board or system to confirm that it matches the architecture and feature documentation. This is a fixed-big or time and materials service.
Deliverables: Sourcing, Build Management, Firmware and Hardware Change List, Assembly Documentation
I extract the acceptance criteria from the Product Definition, or your documentation, and then generate test sequences that exercise the features and behaviors of the product. From this you will be able to determine how closely your product matches your specification and what, if any, changes are needed. This is a fixed-big or time and materials service.
Deliverables: Sequence Testing, Edge Case Testing, Feature Change List, Manuals
Team Management, Scheduling, Product Definition, Engineering Architecture, Interface Definition, Schematic Creation, Layout, Functional Verification