Consultancy

IPC Group offers a wide range of flexible consulting services with a large depth of experience.

A summary of these services is presented here. For more specific information regarding IPC Group Consulting services, please refer to www.ipcgroup.com.au.

DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT SERVICES
All of IPC Group' electronic product and software development services are available for on-site or off-site support or integration with our customer's strategies, developments and processes, in a manner that is flexible to our customer's needs.

INDEPENDENT CIRCUIT DESIGN REVIEWS
IPC Group provides independent and unbiased schematic and PCB design reviews. We comprehensively review circuits down to the pin level, assessing correctness, adherence to requirements and compliance with standards. We provide a full written report of review actions, outcomes and recommendations, and can also confirm that changes are implemented correctly. By engaging IPC Group in design reviews our clients are able to reduce the number of board turns, shortening their time to market and reducing development costs.

CERTIFICATION MANAGEMENT
IPC Group can manage the process of certifying your product in accordance with applicable Australian and international standards. This includes:
Working with our clients to identify applicable standards and plan the compliance and certification process.
Analysing and assessing standards to determine key requirements affecting a product’s design & labeling.
Reviewing 3rd party designs to identify compliance issues.
Undertaking design remediation activities to correct compliance issues.
Preparing information packages for briefing laboratories in support of compliance inspection and testing.
Identifying suitable test laboratories and obtaining competitive quotations.
Setting up products and systems in support of compliance testing.
Managing and assisting with pre-compliance testing, and formal compliance testing.
Interpreting and assessing compliance reports.

EMC CONSULTING
Our solid understanding of RF behaviour means that we know how to develop products that have minimal EMC profiles. IPC Group conducts independent reviews of 3rd party designs aimed at identifying EMC issues. We also test, analyse and correct non-compliant 3rd party designs. We own or have access to an extensive range of specialised test equipment and tools required to effectively undertake EMC investigatory and remediation work.

TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING
Through our development experience we have gained extensive knowledge of the latest technologies and techniques employed in a wide range of industries and applications. Our broad exposure means that we can often provide advice on technologies and techniques that are “outside the square” of your industry space. This can provide you with the edge you need over your competitors. Our highly experienced technology consultants can be engaged to provide ad-hoc advice, or where necessary to prepare formal white papers and reports assessing technologies, implementation options, technical feasibility, technical risks, compliance matters and cost versus performance trade-offs.

DESIGN REMEDIATION
IPC Group can be engaged to correct circuit problems. This can include correcting circuit functionality, performance, manufacturability issues, reducing circuit size and cost and/or correcting circuits to meet compliance requirements.

PATENT PREPARATION
IPC Group provides assistance in the preparation of patents. This includes:
Working with our clients to help them devise their IP protection plan.
Preparing detailed product specifications that describe the equipment or system that embodies the invention.
Assisting with the production of “freedom to operate” reports.
Briefing patent attorneys on the nature of the invention.
Assisting with the drafting of claims.
Supporting patent searches.
Reviewing patent applications for consistency and accuracy.
Responding to examiner queries.
Reviewing PCT reports.
Assisting with responses to any prior art claims.
Guiding patents through the international examination process.

ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT CONSULTING
IPC Group can review your engineering processes and systems and provide expert advice on how to improve them. In particular we can provide a targeted written report on how to improve your document control, design review, CAD, development process, project management and quality assurance processes and systems. We can also provide assistance and on-site training in support of establishing new engineering processes.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
IPC Group offers project management services. We can manage all aspects of your products’ development, including the contribution of 3rd party industrial designers, mechanical engineers, patent attorneys, packaging designers, test laboratories, suppliers and manufacturers. This ensures you have a single point of contact, have clear and consistent project reporting and have a seamless, coordinated development process.

DUE DILIGENCE INVESTIGATION
IPC Group undertakes unbiased due diligence investigations. We can provide a written report assessing the value of IP, confirming feasibility and areas of deficiency.

EXPERT WITNESS
IPC Group' senior engineers can provide unbiased expert opinion and advice on all technical matters related to electronic products and electronic product development.

GOVERNMENT GRANTS
IPC Group is able to assist clients with applications for government grants such as those administered by Commercialisation Australia, including:
preparation of technical specifications and project plans as required in support of grant applications;
the establishment of activity and resource tracking systems as required to justify periodic grant payment plans;
providing a credible track record to bolster your overall project team strength and image;
and supporting you in interactions with Commercialisation Australia.
We have been instrumental in assisting clients who have been successful in gaining government development grants.