Research & Development
Phoenix International’s R&D efforts are focused on emerging technologies involving embedded-systems, vehicle communications networks, material science, vehicle electrification, and intelligent systems. We are also achieving breakthrough developments in the product areas of displays
, components, and power electronics
Specific Areas of Research
- Field Robotics
- Autonomous vehicle control
- Position and obstacle avoidance
- Path planning
- Artificial intelligence
- Machine health
- Condition-based maintenance/prognostics
- Sensor networks/sensor fusion
- Embedded operating systems
Advanced Manufacturing Lab
Phoenix International has a team of engineers dedicated to improving product reliability through fundamental manufacturing research. Reliability improvements can be driven through process or component research. Engineers focus on developing or implementing new technologies and materials in our production process, such as lead-free production. We thoroughly analyzed how our production processes needed to change to implement lead-free solder and components, and the required advancements we made to ensure comparable or increased reliability.
Product Verification & Validation
After the prototype is built, it is subjected to an extensive Complete Verification Plan to verify circuit assumptions and ensure the design meets the designated requirements in the PRD. Tests are customized to the specific project and include a Bench Test and Electrical and Environmental Test, which are conducted by our Product Test Department.
Once the prototype has passed verification, it is provided to the customer for validation testing on the vehicle to confirm end-user performance. Once validation testing is confirmed as successful, the customer gives approval and production begins.