Lör 2 mar / År 42 / Nr 5 2023

Embedded Systems – From Concept to Industrialisation

The consultants of ÅF provide the competencies needed to advance embedded systems projects from concept to industrialisation.

More and more medical equipment and devices use embedded systems, i.e. combining hardware and software, in their applications. They’re also often aimed for integration with other devices, connection to the internet and data analysis and administration systems.
Embedded systems not only involve microprocessor control, but also mechanics, electronics, simulations, computations and industrial design. Robust software architecture and sophisticated hardware technology are prerequisites for creating optimal solutions.
To transmit information from a sensor to a processing system, for instance, a device must be able to communicate in a standard mode for commercial commodities. A medical device must also meet the requirements of the ISO 13485 standard.

Core Technology Area
For the engineering and consultancy company ÅF, embedded systems is a core technology area and their dedicated consultants help innovators transform their bright ideas into market products, complying with regulation, standards and manufacturing processes.
”Embedded systems is a field that is generally growing in all types of projects. In medtech there are numerous applications that require embedded systems, such as wireless sensors and actuators with ambient intelligence, telemedicine and home healthcare devices etc,” says Jörgen Simonsson, Business Unit Manager, Embedded Systems, ÅF.
”There’s big interest in the field of connected medical devices, but there are few productifications at present. There are several issues to solve, not least the issue of personal integrity and safety, which is of paramount importance in connected (IoT) medical devices,” he adds.
”The trend is that requirements get tougher all the time, making it harder and harder for small companies to bring a product concept all the way to industrialisation. Here, we play an important role as a consultancy firm with deep and broad competence in technology standards and regulatory demands,” Jörgen Simonsson comments.

Collaborative Atmosphere
ÅF works with their customers in a collaborative atmosphere and can help them advance their projects in a number of ways. 1) Through consultancy services, helping a customer with a specific problem. 2) As part of the customer’s development team, were ÅF complies to the customer’s quality systems and certified processes.
3) In a product project where ÅF runs and manages the entire project and follows their own process control systems. ”The customer still owns the product, of course, but we develop it for them. We can also validate and certify the product in compliance with regulatory demands,” explains Jörgen Simonsson.
4) By training and education. ”We offer up-dates and development of know-how and competence for our customers’ employees in a number of areas, for instance medical technology. We either run the courses ourselves or together with universities, colleges and other actors with high competence in the subject,” he concludes.