Conficio team

About Conficio

Conficio Product Design is a collective of design engineers. We have varied backgrounds that include Medical Devices, Real-Time Switch Mode Power Supplies, Automotive Hardware and Software, Kinetic Sculptures and Rapid Prototyping. We are used to working in high pressure and highly-regulated environments.

At Conficio we can help you at whatever stage you are at with your new product. Our unique Pathways program gives you the flexibility to take as little or as much of our expertise and time as suits your project and budget. With vast experience of assisting clients develop their products across a wide range of industries your project will be in safe hands. Our open book policy means that you are in control of every aspect of the development of your new product.

Conficio Product Design is the ultimate early adopter of your product. We will understand your vision, brainstorm solutions and start you on your design journey. Our dedicated engineers can provide everything from early concept designs through to support once your product is released. We provide experienced and commited mechanical, hardware and software engineers supported by our tireless project manager to ensure that your product is delivered on time and to specification.

At Conficio we understand that the design process can become trunkated and we are able to support our clients by providing additional resource to supplement their own engineering team. In such a contracting role, the engineer will still be supported by the knowledge of the rest of the team to provide our clients with the added value of a number of engineers without the cost. If a client re-engages with Conficio we will endeavour to return the same contracting engineer to them to ensure the highest quality service.


Our Teams Expertise

EUROPE

ASIA

Industrial Design

Electronics

Mechanical

Firmware

User Experience

Design Strategy

Software

User Interface

Interaction

Hardware

Concept Development

EUROPE

ASIA

Schematic Capture

Electronics

Altium Designer

OrCAD CIS

PCB Layout

Design Strategy

Software

User Interface

Interaction

Hardware

Electronic Hardware

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The Conficio Team

Andy House

Andy

Managing Director

Our Business Development guy / Managing Director who has an extensive background in
real-time embedded software design and developing for payment systems and ecommerce.



Jon Reece

Jon

Technical Director


Jon is the architecture guy, with an extensive background in software design. Graduating with a degree in Physics it appears that Jon is capable of turning a software problem on it’s head to find more subtle methods of implementation.



Zach Donohue

Zach

Design Director


Creative and innovative lead industrial designer with a grounding in engineering principles. Zach has a good understanding of the consumer market, a holistic view of the NPD process, from ideation through to manufacture.



Matt Radford

Matt

Commercial Director

Experienced Prince2 Project Manager, self-motivated, resourceful and result driven individual, with a dynamic approach to leadership and management, through structured process to achieve high end results on time.



Neil

Neil

Software Director


Loves making electronics and software work in harmony. With an electronics and control degree, a background in automotive diagnostics extensive experience in embedded software, Neil can see your initial idea all the way though to manufacture.



Lee Wade

Lee

Engineering Director


A hands-on Lead Design Engineer with vast experience of the full design and product lifecycles to deliver electro-optic and electro-mechanical products to market on time and to budget. Quality conscious, customer focused, thrives under pressure, has a track record of innovation and excels at motivating people.




Brent

Brent

Industrial Design Engineer


Brent is the new Industrial Design Engineer here at Conficio. With years of experience in Mechanical and Product design, from hands on to digital environments. He capable of developing full turnkey product solutions from concept through to manufacture.



Cleo

Cleo

Marketing Manager


Cleo has worked across a number of industries throughout her career, from energetic medicine to IT marketing, from training and education, to agency-side design studios. Cleo has joined the team at Conficio to evolve the marketing strategy and brand positioning, utilising both online and offline approaches.






Our Teams Experience

Our Design Philosophy

Design Pathway

A product should have an elegance to its design, making it intuitive to use as well as enhancing the whole user experience. To achieve that aim, a process must be followed that breaks down the development pathway into manageable and measurable phases. The first phase in launching a new product is to carry out extensive market research. This research is crucial to the success of the product. It also forms the client’s rational and it is important for Conficio Product Design to share and understand this. The functional and non-functional requirements identified by the market research need to be captured; The Conficio team will develop the requirements alongside the client, detailing the level of performance required and highlighting the importance to the product of each of the requirements. This removes any ambiguity, substantially reducing the risk to the project and forms the document to which the client can validate their product. When this has been agreed a formal issue of the Requirements document will be released so the project can move into the following phase.


Requirements Specification

From the Requirements Capture the Requirements Specification is developed. During this stage sketches of the physical configuration will be made as well as high level diagrams of the functional blocks required; this could be software flow diagrams, module design and use cases and/or hardware module identification. This is done with a ‘black box’ approach. At this stage the design is still very open and in fact this is where the Conficio engineers like to throw away the ‘box’ and think freely and explore. Again, we like our clients to join us in this process. This will undoubtedly lead to a few different options to be considered. The performance against cost, the ‘nice to- have’ features and the pros and cons of each solution can then be fully understood and an informed decision made on the chosen project pathway. Once completed, this phase will be fully documented and a Requirements Specification Document created for the client’s approval before moving to the next stage.


Design Specification

If the engineers aren’t having fun already, they will now! This next phase is The Design Specification, the process of ‘drilling down’ into the black boxes and finding the best solutions; looking at existing and emerging technologies to see how they can help or be used in the project. The development tasks are shared amongst the team and if timescales necessitate, multiple engineers can be working on the design at the same time to achieve schedules. The software/firmware architecture will be developed along with component selection to meet the requirements. Schematics will be generated for PCB design, harness and wiring diagrams generated as well as a fully costed Bills of Materials for all subassemblies forming the final or top level assembly. The Design Specification document becomes the ‘blueprint’ for the client’s product and is the document that the development team refer to at all times. The only thing left to do now is build it.


Testing

The largest section of the project is the Development and testing phase. This is where a client’s product comes to life. Once building and testing are completed the client is invited to run through the previously agreed approval process to accept and sign off the project. At the end of the project the Design Specification along with all other documents are handed over to the client as part of their Intellectual Property (IP) package and for reference when any further development may be required, by us or a third party.