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Design to Order: OEM/ODM Embedded Product Design Services

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BVM’s embedded ‘Design to Order’ services are there to take your ideas from concept to initial designs and prototyping – culminating in manufacturable products.


Our OEM Design to Order processes are adaptable so they can be applied to products suitable for a variety of industrial application purposes  – or even harsh environments, specialist use – where operation and maximum up-time in wide & diverse temperature and environmental extremes are unavoidable. Our designs can be made to be shock resistant, dust and waterproof (IP certified)  – and optimised for 24/7 running for both hardware and operating system software.


The right choice of Industrial PC Components provide for long production availabilities of your product, typically between 5 and 7 years. We can also extend designs for longer availabilities allowing your product to be manufactured for the years beyond those typically expected for an industrial design; BVM materials management services, ensures the whole process of a design’s constituent components reaching end of life and the process of selection and adoption of the next generation of component is seamless as it transfers into the production environment.

The design process………

At BVM, we pride ourselves in our ability to gather a clear understanding of our clients product’s needs, right from the start.  We immediately derive a ‘Requirement Specification’ – which is our memorandum of understanding (‘MOR’) in making sure we’re of the prior knowledge of:-

  • How you want your product to function; the features and services it needs to provide in order for it to compete in intended markets.
  • Products aesthetics; it’s looks and feel
  • Time to market and budgetary considerations
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ODM Product Design Services

Because we’ve honed our skills over the 30 years plus that we’ve existed, our ‘Build to Order’ team know what makes a successful design (and just as importantly, what doesn’t) around the requirements of an embedded system.

These are just a selection of the areas where we’ll apply our skills to during the Design to Order process :-

  • Considerations needed for the power budget of the system
  • Thermal management – heat dissipation
  • Design for Manufacturability and Test
  • Component selection for extension of lifetime availability for your product
  • Obsolescence; management of End of Life (EOL) and Last Time Procurement processes.

Not until your sign off of the Requirement Specification does the detailed design work begin – resulting in concepts, the follow on of initial designs – all resulting in the production of a “proof of concept” (PoC) – a working unit to verify your application software’s functionality, aesthetics (the all-round look & feel of your product) and, of course, budget.

We can follow the proof of concept by further producing pre-production/field trial prototypes to further verify the design for manufacturability and testability. From start to finish, the whole process is defined by BVM’s Quality Management System which is audited and certified to comply with ISO-9001 -2015.


“A successful product not only requires a competent functional design……
….it also needs to be designed for manufacture.”

Custom Board

Custom PCB Design

At BVM we have an established history of design and manufacture of embedded computer boards. From the early days of VMEbus board design through to Compact PCI and PMC Module design. In today’s world, BVM frequently custom carrier designs for bespoke solutions – also including System On Module (SOM) applications using Computer on Modules (COM) such as COM Express (Type 6, 7 and 10) and Qseven. We also produce custom power supply units, too – where & when the situation requires it.

Custom Chassis

Custom Chassis and Cooling Design

Not everything ‘off the shelf’ will be a fit for your specific application – which is fine, quite often one size doesn’t fit all.  With our CAD design team using the very latest in 3D modelling software, BVM engineering will custom design solutions to provide for the exact heat dissipation needed – whilst also ensuring any ingress protection needs are looked after, if needs be. Typically, this takes the consideration of the housing & accommodation of the motherboard, TFT displays with integrated touch, peripheral cabling for data communication (LVDS) and backlighting  – and any other embedded supporting devices where needed to aid your application.

LVDS Cable

Custom Cable Design

BVM has an experienced team of operatives with the ability to manufacture and build the most complex cable harnesses, wiring looms – and provide ‘box build – from simple control boxes, power & distribution boxes to more complex systems. From the initial design, prototyping, production & test – through to delivery, every member of our team is committed to getting it right first time – produced to exacting standards, time after time.

Custom Screen

Touch Screen Integration and Display Enhancement Services

More and more of the products we use in our everyday lives require a means of interaction via their display output. At BVM we have the ability to integrate the touch screen solution that’s befitting your application, so whether you need single point of touch or full ’10 point’ interactivity with on screen gesturing (‘flick, zoom, pinch’) – we’ll integrate the touch solution that provides functionality you need.  In addition, we also provide other display enhancement services, ensuring your product can always be seen and read within their surrounding environment lighting conditions.

Our projects have included:-

Design to Order

BVM Products are Designed for Manufacture (DFM)

Design for Manufacture (Design for Manufacturability or DFM) is the engineering process of designing products to ensure they’re efficient to manufacture.

Our design team plan a level of detail during both the initial concept and prototype phases – well before any level of product volume is reached. During the initial design processes, the design will be refined and honed along the way to make it suitable for repeatable production.

Our designs will always consider:-

  • Set up and tooling costs
  • Volume production costs
  • Maintenance costs
  • Environmental effects

BVM’s Design for Manufacture processes will always allow every commercial (and technical) consideration to be identified within design phase, the most cost-effective place to catch & address everything.


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Whether we’re utilising our own manufacturing & production facilities here in Southampton – or our ecosystem of partners in Asia, BVM can cope with any size or complexity of batch manufacturing.  Our production team are highly motivated with a flexible “can do” attitude ensuring consistent quality and on-time delivery.

Whether we’re designing a bespoke printed circuit board or a complete embedded system PC assembly, our ‘Design to Order’ process encompasses us producing prototypes for mechanical, electrical and thermal verification of the design. Additionally, environmental/extended temperature testing, EMC testing and functional tests (with your application software on board) are all part of the services that BVM provide in a products design so discrepancies can be identified & improved upon before your product is released for manufacture & marketing.
Our ‘Build to Order’ services are provided so our customers can concentrate on other immediate business needs. We only select components from reliable sources with long life time availability to ensure your product stays in production for its required life cycle – and remains on budget. Our procurement and production management team will provide you the advice and experience that you’ll need.
It’s relatively straightforward to get up and running with an embedded O/S, but to obtain a robust, optimised and secure operating system – a deeper understanding is required. Our own processes are proven – and we can provide you with guidance on how an implementation should be configured with consideration to the implications of using flash storage, write filters, resilience to attack and system recovery procedures

We like to make life easier ….

Our technical & commercial team members will always provide you with valuable but impartial advice around the products and services that BVM supplies. With their collective backgrounds, they’ll provide you with the benefit of their knowledge and experiences when & where you need it. We’ll always help you in the first instance and get back to you when additional information is required.

You can either Call us directly on +(0) 1489 780 144 and talk to one of the team | E-mail us at | Use our quick contact form here

BVM Design and Manufacturing Services: The manufacturer behind the solutions you know

When a standard embedded design won’t suffice for what you need, you can always turn to BVM for help and use our custom design and manufacturing services.