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Research and Development



What is the strength of an R&D office?

Its experienced team in various fields and its vision of the finished product to anticipate its globality!

Indeed, each new area of development is an unknown land that will require the acquisition of new experiences that will often be marked by failure.

This is what our Research & Development office puts at your disposal, its formative successes and failures so that you can reach your goal more quickly and at a lower cost. Thanks to our long experience in a wide range of fields in robotics and electronics devices and our close proximity to our production department, we are committed to delivering a solution that is not only functional, but also cost effective and producible.

K-Team's key figures for Research and Development department



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  • Robotics
    system
  • Swarm
    robots
  • development
    tools for robots dedicated to research and academic purposes
  • Custom Hardware development of
    Robotic platform
  • Mechanical design of all robot
    component:

    • Gearbox
    • Robot case
    • Robotic arm
    • Wheels
    • Sensors
  • Embedded Software development
    • Motor control
    • Sensor management
    • Extension management (I2C, SPI, CAN,
      etc…)
    • IoT
    • Wireless communication
  • Prototyping
  • Production of small and medium
    series of complete robotic solution

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  • 3D
    modelling of parts and production of drawings
  • Production
    monitoring and validation of injection moulding
  • Design
    of your equipment bodies according to plastic injection, extrusion, machining,
    thermoforming or other processes.
  • Design
    of your product’s packaging

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  • Realization
    and help in the definition of the specifications
  • Realization
    of electronic schematics
  • Printed
    Circuit Board Routing (or Layout)
  • BOM
    entry and component cost optimization
  • Replacement
    of obsolete components
  • Follow
    up of CE/FCC certifications (with our usual laboratory or the one chosen by
    you)
  • Digital
    motion for electronics and watches

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  • Micro
    software development (Firmware)
  • User
    interface development
  • Algorithm
    development

How is the development of an electronic / robotic device going?

Phase 1: The specifications

It defines all the functionalities and characteristics of the device or more broadly its system. The specifications are in principle provided by the client’s project manager but they will be discussed, worked on and completed with our team. Without an anticipation of the needs, there will not be a solid basis for the product.

Phase 2: Design and development of the electronic schematic

It is a technical drawing that defines how the different electronic components will be connected, thus enabling the functionalities of the device to be realised. In this macro step, it is essential to perfectly master what is being done and to correctly dimension the elements in order to obtain a safe and reliable device. It is also necessary to anticipate the needs for the different CE, FCC certifications or any product compliance criteria.

Phase 3: Layout Design

This is the phase where we will transform the schematic into a technical plan for the realization of the physical printed circuit board. The printed circuit board (or PCB) and the mechanical element that will support and electrically connect, according to the electronic schematic are designed and virtually tested to match the product functionalities. Here again, experience and rigour are required in order to create a robust, functional system that complies with the standards in force.

Phase 4: Production of one or more prototypes

This phase verifies whether the device / hardware will be producible without major problems and whether the functionalities work as desired. Our production takes care of this assembly, which allows a quick assembly and guarantees a precise feedback to our R&D department regarding possible assembly difficulties.

Phase 5: Software development

Most electronic devices are equipped with a microcontroller that requires an embedded program to operate. It is during the software development phase that this will be done, usually once the prototype is made. The software (or code) containing the algorithm makes up the core of the system. This represents the device’s intelligence. It may also be necessary to develop interface software. The latter is a program that can be installed on a computer and will be used to interact with the card functions. During all these phases, the code must be clean and well designed in order to be fast, bug-free and robust.

Phase 6: Mechanical development

Devices composed by different electronic boards can constitute a complete R&D. For a robot, it is as well necessary to design the mechanical assembly around this board. This can be only the housing or the different standard or custom mechanisms such as the gearboxes to be made for the device. The mechanical design work therefore consists in designing the housing from a design, imagining the mechanisms and their operation. The parts thus imagined are modelled in 3 dimensions allowing us to see the global assembly of the device virtually. The plans of the parts will thus be made from this 3D and can be manufactured according to different processes depending on their shape, production quantities and complexity. For this phase also, the parts can be produced using prototyping processes in order to validate the complete device.

Usually the development ends here with the client’s validation of the device’s functionalities, so then the production phase can begin.






List of domains and application mastered:

  • Timing
  • Metrology
  • Industrial
  • Solar
  • Robotics
  • Watchmaking
  • Animated
    displays (POS for watches)
  • Medical
  • Life
    safety
  • Help
    for the disabled
  • Educational
  • Academic
    Research
  • Consumer
    product
  • Humanitarian
  • Sport
  • Parking
  • Bell
    tower management
  • Safe
  • Fireworks
  • Video
  • IOT

List of technologies / processes mastered:

  • Microcontrollers
  • Expertise
    in motor control (brushed, brushless, stepper)
  • LED
    lighting
  • Quartz
    watch movements
  • Battery
  • Low-Power
  • LCD
    display
  • Membrane
    keyboard
  • Proximity
    sensor (Infrared, Ultrasound, …)
  • Timing
  • Linux
  • Tactile
    sensor
  • Thermal
    sensor
  • Odometry
  • Power
    electronics
  • Analog
    electronics
  • Bluetooth
    (2.0 & BLE)
  • Wifi
  • GPS
  • GSM
  • RF
    Communication
  • USB
  • I2C
  • Serial
    Port
  • Precision
    mechanics
  • Engine
    block with reduction
  • Plastic
    injection moulding
  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics