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Quality Control at Every Stage of Electronics Enclosure Design

Not only Apple fans love great design. Convenient and appealing enclosure adds value to enterprise products as well. We see our task in helping you get an appropriate enclosure for your product — be it a sensor-rich wearable device, a warehouse automation system or a new medical tool. Once a concept on a white board, a device box evolves into a market-ready enclosure that accommodates your requirements to operability, reliability and safety. We will guide you through this gradual process and provide quality deliverables after each major milestone.

  • 1. Sketching

    At this first stage we will collect all your requirements to the would-be enclosure: should the final product be standing or laying on a surface; if it needs to look uber-modern, posh, or conversely – boring to not attract burglars; should it resemble a certain natural object or be a classical geometrical figure. Based on this information, the designer creates up to 5 different sketches and presents them as 3D PDF and JPEG files to the client. After evaluating the options, the client can either re-iterate this process, or approve one of the sketches for further engineering study.

  • 2. Model Detailing

    The designer updates and improves the sketch selected by the client as their preferred option. He incorporates all the feedback provided and goes into detailed visualizations to produce an elaborate 3D model of the enclosure.

    The resulting file provides accurate electronic housing design and layout suggesting a color scheme and showing battery pack location; buttons’ shape, size and push depth. Tools we use are SOLIDWORKS, Pro/ENGINEER, and Adobe Photoshop.

  • 3. Inner structure design

    The designer cooperates with a mechanical engineer in order to turn a creative enclosure on the outside into a technological and functional structure on the inside. The engineer’s job is to come up with placement and bonding of all parts, such as plugs, hinges, cover latch, jambs, gaskets. We pay special attention to enclosure’s assemblability and adherence to shock, heating, dust proof and other requirements. The cost of mistake at this stage is high. Therefore Softeq’s enclosure experts will discuss with you possible tech limitations to find the best match to the product’s goal and budget.

  • 4. Enclosure Sample production

    We recommend manufacturing a device prototype or a sample of electronics case before sending a final batch production order to the factory. Our specialists will leverage our proven partners’ production facilities and support the whole process – both in person and with complete documentation. The key benefits of enclosure sample production phase for the product are:

    • Assemblability verification
    • Examination of sample vs idea match
    • Visual appeal check

  • 5. Mass production

    We know the specifics of diverse manufacturing methods, including plastic injection, extrusion moulding, overmoulding, cutting, aluminum extrusion and pressure die casting.

    To make sure the mass production stage goes smoothly, it is important to prepare and produce a perfect mould. This is usually done by engineers on the manufacturing fabric’s side based on STP files provided by Softeq's engineers. Softeq is advocating the client’s interests and supervising the mass production process end-to-end.

Electronic Packaging and PCB Component Compatibility

During the inner structure design phase, it is mission-critical to facilitate collaboration of engineers and PCB designers. Since Softeq offers both services (explore our electronic circuit design capabilities) separately and as part of our full-stack product development offering, we have both experts and necessary tools. Together, the experts fix any issues that arise for aesthetical or functional reasons. Be it a flexible, rigid or rigid-flex PCB, we will make sure all components fit the case and mount securely. Additionally, we recommend running PCB thermal modeling, signal and power integrity analysis to make sure enclosure elements do not cause overheating, signal interference and other unexpected issues.

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