Raspberry Pi Prototype Design
The popularity of the Raspberry Pi has been immense, with over 25 million having been sold up to February 2019. The product was originally designed in order to get school children & developing countries interested in computer science but has since found its way into the commercial and industrial markets for hardware developers. Whilst the ‘standard’ Raspberry Pi was never designed for industrial applications, in April 2014 the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the compute module, aimed at business and industrial users who wanted to move to a suitable ‘Pi’ hardware platform.
Using standard design practices for specification development, conceptual design, prototyping, testing and, ultimately, rollout of hardware with integrated application software – hardware platforms, such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi, may help expedite a design faster and allow rapid prototyping without involved customisation, consequently reducing development time required to implement a protype design.
But what happens once you’ve completed your prototype ?
How do you turn your development hardware platform into a reproduceable & manufacturable product ?
Raspberry Pi Prototype Design to a Manufacturable Product
BVM are often approached by customers who have prototyped a system using a Raspberry Pi but have been unable to take the next step in turning their prototypes into manufacturable products. BVM can take prototypes on this basis and work with you to make the conversion towards the achieving of a commercial product which can be reproduced on a repeatable basis.
With over 30 years of experience of designing systems for both our own products and producing bespoke OEM designs for our customer products, we’ll initially commence your design in agreeing the specification needed to take your product to market. On deriving your specification, our electronic hardware engineers will develop the PCB layout, whilst in parallel, our mechanical engineering design team will design & model any custom enclosures required to package your product up and facilitate connectivity (i/o) to the outside world.
Moving through from design, development and into initial prototyping, we’ll also deploy your application to prove functionality & features, configure & deploy your operating system of choice – even taking your product through any necessary compliance testing through to certification. Because we’ll have implemented ‘design for manufacture’ during the design & development stages, we can also take care of manufacturing for volume – inclusive of functional test, final inspection & packaging in our production facilities near Southampton.
Being a ISO9001 registered company since 1995, you have the assurances BVM have the necessary quality assurance practices in place to ensure that we can reliably meet your needs.
Case Study: IoT Gateway Device
Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 + BVM Custom Carrier Board
BVM Ltd were approached by a global OEM, responsible for producing monitoring & control devices to produce analytics via telemetry. The client tasked BVM with designing and manufacturing a small IoT (Gateway) device for the purpose of monitoring systems for remote installations.
Here’s a summary of the services we can supply to turn your hardware development platform into a reproduceable product for volume :-
- PCB and mechanical chassis designs via our in house CAD design facilities
- Cable design for internal connectivity
- Device assembly via our production facilities in Southampton, UK.
- Product functional testing
- Component procurement & supply chain management (inclusive of end of life, last time buy and component replacement programs)
- Product serialisation & traceability services – batch, individual product and sub assembly level.
- Product branding & packaging
- After sales support services
BVM Design and Manufacturing Services
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
Our custom designs are implemented against an ISO 9001-2015 quality management system. Important aspects to the design’s potential – such as power delivery, thermal management, vibration & shock and EMC (for the application of any necessary certifications) are all accounted for at the early stages of a product’s design.
And pivotal to everything we design is the products ability to be efficiently manufactured on a repeatable basis.
Design | Develop | Test | Manufacture
Here’s a selection of our design, manufacturing & associated services: –
For customers designing a brand-new product from scratch
or working with an existing prototype.
- Prototyping – Custom PC Design
- Prototyping pre checks
- Hardware compatibility
- Thermal testing
- Software compatibility
- Custom PCB / Carrier Board Design
- COM Express, Qseven, SMARC
- Jetson, Raspberry Pi
- Custom Chassis Design
- Custom Cables
- Custom Back Panels and Faceplates
- Custom Cooling
- Custom Metal Work (internal brackets, mounting brackets)
- Touchscreen Integration and Display Enhancements
- Custom LCD Displays
- Integration of touch technologies
- Optical Bonding
- Anti-reflective and anti-glare coatings
- Software – Custom OS Image
- All products are Designed for Manufacture
Take an existing system and we can:
- Custom specification (CPU, RAM, I/O, Industrial-Grade Storage, RAID)
- Chassis customisation and branding
- Custom BIOS
- Long Term Availability
- Software – Custom OS Image
- Custom Packaging and branding
- Integrating newly designed or existing hardware into a larger system
Porting, Integration & Deployment
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Our technical & commercial team members will always provide you with valuable but impartial advice around the products and services that BVM provide. 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.