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Our Process

Orchid’s Electronic Product Design and Development Process

Orchid Technologies Engineering and Consulting, Inc. uses a proven, flexible, three phased, process-driven approach to product development.


Phase 0

During this initial project phase we seek and evaluate input from our client. Orchid Technologies considers various hardware and software approaches, reviews details of the client’s requirements, and identifies various project-critical tasks and challenges. As a result of Phase 0 activities, Orchid produces a Phase 1 Development Plan which includes a Phase 1 Top Level Product Specification, Phase 1 Non-recurring Engineering Cost Model, Phase 1 Prototype Construction Cost Model, and Phase 1 Development Schedule.


Phase 1

During Phase 1 Orchid performs its detailed hardware and software design activities. Working in accord with our Phase 1 Development Plan, Orchid performs detailed hardware design, fabrication, assembly, and checkout tasks. During this period, Orchid expects to work collaboratively with our client. Regular meetings during the Phase 1 development period keeps our client well informed. Typically, Phase 1 completes with the delivery of Phase 1 design documentation, Phase 1 software and Phase 1 prototype units to our client.


Phase 2

During Phase 2, Orchid, together with our client, evaluates Phase 1 prototype performance and performs design updates as may or may not be required to the phase 1 design readying it for volume production. While Orchid makes every effort during phase 1 to develop a production-ready product, practical experience shows that product changes are inevitable.  The Phase 2 period addresses those changes which result from the evaluation process, product re-definition, debug related activities, and production/process related activities. Sometimes additional product phases may be required.


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