The increasing complexity and sensitivity of today’s microwave systems require that product design and development occur with an equivalent level of sophistication and ingenuity.
Based on our diverse breadth of product, it is necessary to have design and manufacturing skills in multiple circuit and packaging technologies. TRM has a structured design approach with internal and external milestones and engineering validation on all new designs. We maintain overall responsibility throughout the product's life cycle to ensure the highest quality result is delivered at the most affordable cost.
TRM’S DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
1. Receive Design Inputs - The sales department first receives a customer inquiry or Request for Quote (RFQ), which may include the initial concept, customer spec, testing or other requirements, an outline drawing or end use of the product.
2. Plan and Initiate Design Cycle - Design plans vary from one project to the next and different milestones, reviews, design cycles, and testing are necessary. Based on the scale of the project and design effort, the assigned Design Engineer and development team review requirements and create an appropriate design plan. A design schedule is developed, with milestones for individual tasks within the design cycle.
3. Detailed Design Work - Sales and Contracts compile a new product design package, which includes all the information received from the customer and/or generated internally. This information is maintained by Sales and Contracts prior to an order, and is available to engineering after an order is accepted.
4. Release Design Outputs - The outputs of design and development are classified as either Primary Design Outputs or Secondary Design Outputs. Primary outputs such as a Bill of Materials and 3D model define the design product and consist of documents required to procure, manufacture, and test the unit against Design Inputs. The secondary outputs support the design with calculations, analysis, etc.
5. Verify Design - Design Verification documents may include electrical test sheets, an Acceptance Test Procedure, and/or a Qualification Test Procedure. These outputs are written and approved after Procurement Level Documentation (PLD) release as part of procurement and manufacturing preparation, unless special attention is required from the design engineer.
6. Manufacturing Preparation & Documentation – This step includes checking that all the product’s manufacturing requirements are met in assembly, test & tune, component/material selection, mechanical packaging, documentation and shipping and handling.
7. Validate Design - Design Validation is the process of demonstrating that the designed product performs satisfactorily under real or simulated conditions of intended use. This is accomplished by performing Final Acceptance Testing of all defined parameters, comparing test results against the design inputs (customer specification and requirements), and by performing qualification tests on the product when required by the contract.
8. Full Production – The product goes through the full process of assembly, quality inspection, manufacturing and testing, becoming ready for final approval by the customer.
9. Review Project & Close Out – The finished product goes under engineering review and after final approval, is shipped out to the customer. TRM adheres to a policy of non-obsolescence, meaning you never need worry about a part becoming obsolete. We service all our products for life.