CUONICS - Custom-made avionics

CUONICS GmbH is your reliable partner for custom-made solutions in the field of civil and military aviation. Our main focus is on the development of safety-critical hardware and software up to DAL A, according to RTCA DO-254 respectively RTCA DO-178C. We also offer a broad range of services from system development based on SAE ARP4754A / ARP4761, to FPGA design based on RTCA DO-254 and our own standards, to environmental simulation tests based on RTCA DO-160,  consulting services, safety analyses, and test rig construction.

Quality management according to DIN EN 9100 supports the whole spectrum of our services, to maintain our high product-centric quality standards. Our team has many years of experience in avionics and will support you at every stage of the product development process. Our specialists will help you to accomplish certification, to perform verification tests or will assist you with your quality management system.

Quality Management Administration Management System Development Hardware Development FPGA Development Software Development Technical Documentation Purchase Production Quality Assurance Customer

Quality Management

Our quality management system complies with the requirements of DIN EN 9100 and is designed in a process oriented way. Beside the requirements of DIN EN 9100, customer requirements and applicable legal and governmental requirements, we consider in our planning and continuous improvement all stakeholders in the context of our company.

The intense involvement of our quality management and assurance into each project is crucial for reaching our business goals related to customer satisfaction and product conformity, as was as our own high quality goals. All departments that make direct contributions to products and projects use a version control system, revision controlled software and comply with our configuration management process.

Management

Our management focuses not only on the company itself but considers the whole context. It regards an assessment of risks and chances when deciding on strategic concepts and company policy.

We reflect on our actions through management reviews and monitor and rate the achievement of our business objectives:

  • Improvement of quality
  • Enhancement of customer satisfaction
  • Quality conscious supplier selection and evaluation
  • Optimization of the individual processes and inter-departmental collaboration
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System Development

Our system development is based on the norms SAE ARP4754A / ARP4761 and bridges the gap to the development processes for hardware according to RTCA DO-254 and software according to RTCA DO-178C. Consistency in the tool chains ensures a quick and bidirectional information flow with minimum redundancies from the customer requirement to the implementation – and back, as a successful safety assessment process with its various measures according to SAE ARP4761 depends on.

As we cover all fields of development, we can suggest alternative architecture options or develop an architecture with you, which utilizes the strengths and advantages of an implementation in software, hardware or programmable logic (FPGA) for each functionality of your system to achieve the most efficient, most safe and most economical solution.

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Hardware Development

Our team has many years of experience in the area of hardware development according to RTCA DO-254, for civil and military aviation. As needed for each individual project, we apply all relevant processes to the necessary extent, from definition of high-level, low-level and derived requirements via planning, development, verification and validation up to certification.

Our tool-based process landscape integrates all requirements of SAE ARP4754A and RTCA DO-254. In combination with a version control system and our configuration management, it is a cornerstone of our project management. This ensures a consistent and process oriented work flow as well as complete traceability of all design data throughout the project.

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FPGA Development

In aerospace, RTCA DO-254 applies to FPGA design as it is considered as a hardware development activity. With our expertise in this special sector of development, we do not only guarantee a certifiable development accompanied by the verification activities required by the norm, but we also unleash the full potential of the FPGA devices by robust and highly optimized designs.

Our FPGA team living in the black-green world of “Matrix” will be thrilled to partnership you in delivering robust and dependable FPGA designs on time.

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Software Development

Our software development according to RTCA DO-178C covers all software life cycle activities required by the specification - from planning and requirements engineering up to independent verification.
By close cooperation with system and hardware development, consistent architectures with optimized utilization of the hardware resources are achieved.

By creating a SysML/UML based high-level model, we get a concise and early understanding how the blueprint of the component should look like. Dependent on your predefined technology choice or our suggestion, we perform the software implementation in a model-driven approach or by hand-written code.

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Technical Documentation

Our technical documentation offers the creation of clear and consistent new documentation, and revision and examination of existing documentation.

Planning, development, production, and verification are recorded in detail as an essential part of the final product.

The whole technical documentation of a project is created in close collaboration with the operating departments, based on a comprehensive catalogue of templates and according to the norms and standards as agreed upon with the customer. It is checked for completeness, conformity, and plausibility and is subsequently approved and controlled. It is stored using a version control system.

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Purchase

Our suppliers and the quality of the goods they deliver are a crucial factor for reaching our business goals. This is why we select and evaluate our suppliers carefully.

Any items with impact on our products or projects are ordered solely from approved suppliers and undergo an incoming goods inspection. We put particular emphasis on marking, traceability and conformity of the items with the specified criteria and characteristics.

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Production

We produce prototypes, pre-production and series production devices in small batches compliant with the approved design data. The production or mounting of devices, modules and cable harnesses is performed according to out processes and work instructions which fit the applicable norms and specifications to guarantee full product conformity and a high quality.

The execution of each step in the workflow and the used production facilities are documented in a traceable way. The verification is performed by the Quality Assurance department which is closely following all production activities.

Our effective processes and lean corporate structure enables us to achieve maximum quality also for small batches at a fair price.

Quality Assurance

Quality assurance is an important part of our quality management system because the quality of our products and services is crucial for the long-term success of our company in the market.

Our quality assurance supports the quality management through the continuous monitoring of our processes. It contributes to the early detection and utilization of possible improvements and thus to the continuous improvement of our quality management system.

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Administration

Our administration is the initial contact for customers and business partners. It is responsible for all administrative and organizational activities. All internal functions and tasks in administration, scheduling of appointments and meetings, accounting and invoicing are quickly addressed, supported and controlled here.

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Customer

In accordance with our corporate policy, the customer is our focus. We concentrate our efforts in terms of customer satisfaction, product conformity and high quality standards. All divisions operate customer- and service-oriented and offer the highest possible degree of flexibility.

Our range of services – simple and concise

Quality Management DIN EN 9100

To implement our company policy we established a quality management system according to the aviation specific quality management norm DIN EN 9100, which is applied in all departments and is valid and mandatory for the whole staff according to their field of responsibility.

Our quality management system is designed in a hierarchical and process oriented way and besides the requirements of DIN EN 9100, it also considers customer requirements, legal and governmental requirements, and all stakeholders in the context of our company. It contains well-defined process sequences, procedures and work instructions, forms, and checklists.

This ensures that all activities are precisely planned, controlled and monitored, and that the requirements of our quality management system are clearly described and mandatory in all departments with every staff member.
In the center of the implementation of our quality management system is the responsibility of every employee to help towards accomplishing our company policy and achieving our high quality standards by adhering to our principles.

System Development

Our system development is based on the norms SAE ARP4754A / ARP4761 and bridges the gap to the development processes for hardware according to RTCA DO-254 and software according to RTCA DO-178C. Consistency in the tool chains ensures a quick and bidirectional information flow with minimum redundancies from the customer requirement to the implementation – and back, as a successful safety assessment process with its various measures according to SAE ARP4761 depends on.

As we cover all fields of development, we can suggest alternative architecture options or develop an architecture with you, which utilizes the strengths and advantages of an implementation in software, hardware or programmable logic (FPGA) for each functionality of your system to achieve the most efficient, most safe and most economical solution.

Hardware Development

Compliance with restrictive processes during development of complex hardware for applications in the aerospace domain becomes more and more demanding. Requirements originate from DIN EN 9100 and RTCA DO-254 which is applied by the certification authorities to development of complex hardware. The extent and rigor of the objectives is determined by the required Design Assurance Level of item under development.

In our company, the whole development process is supported by cutting edge measurement technology and industry-proven software tools. To satisfy our own high expectations on reliability and quality, we perform accompanying MTBF and FMEA calculations.

Our portfolio also includes circuit simulation, engineering tests and environmental tests. Finally, the long-standing experience enables our skilled personnel to develop safety relevant components in compliance with the highest design assurance levels in aerospace.

Simple or complex hardware, with or without software – we offer individual solutions meeting your demands.

FPGA Development

Increasing complexity and numerous projects’ requirements place FPGAs as integral part of avionics development today. Being the subset of the hardware development, FPGA development strictly follows the DO-254 processes. In addition to compulsory processes and procedures, the handwritten FPGA designs strictly follow in-house VHDL coding standards. Our expertise encompasses major FPGA vendor technologies offering full life-cycle development or consulting services to combat specific implementation hurdles. CUONICS FPGA know-how is focused on specific avionics interfaces like ARINC-429 or MIL-STD-1553, and extends to widely used high/low speed interfaces like PCIe, UART, SPI, I²C. We are capable of delivering complex avionics FPGA solutions that include complex processing algorithms or glue logic for the overall control of the embedded integrated circuits. FPGA verification is compulsory according to DO-254; our support extends to verification and certification up to DAL ‘A’. Finally, the FPGA team living in the black-green world of “Matrix” will be thrilled to partnership you in delivering robust and dependable FPGA designs on time.

Digital Signal Processing algorithms and video processing are gaining huge momentum in FPGA designs. CUONICS FPGA team experience in this area guarantees FPGA vendor tailored efficient solutions in high-speed processing designs covering from initial floating-point problem solving in Matlab/Simulink of complex mathematical algorithms ending in optimized fixed-point FPGA implementation. The services extend to Software Defined Radios, IIR/FIR filter design, decimation/interpolation, different modulations used in communication channels and general video processing.

Math blocks (DSP slices) of FPGA devices are powerful and generally numerous. Collaborating with us will ensure that algorithms are ‘tuned’ to the maximum utilization level reliving you from last-minute search of pin-compatible ‘bigger’ FPGA devices, every FF, LUT, BRAM or DSP slice counts.

Software Development

Our software development takes the objectives of RTCA DO-178C into consideration – from the beginning throughout all phases of the project, in order to ensure a smooth certification process. By modeling the processes with the same tool chain we use for system and software architecture and design, they are seamlessly integrated into the project work and are brought to life as warrantors for highest quality. The process model can be specifically tailored according to the required Design Assurance Level and may even be extended by customer specific parts, e.g. resulting from additionally required norms and regulations.

Traceability records are created easily during daily work, and besides playing a crucial role in the certification, they also enable us to maintain and adapt the developed software in the long run.

Information flow between the involved roles from the development departments of hardware, software and system as well as between development and independent verification is organized by a version and application life cycle management system which ensures the process conformance and guides the users interactively through the procedures worked out in tight cooperation with the quality management department.

Technical Documentation

Our technical documentation offers the creation of clear and consistent new documentation, and revision and examination of existing documentation.

Planning, development, production, and verification are recorded in detail as an essential part of the final product.

The whole technical documentation of a project is created in close collaboration with the operating departments, based on a comprehensive catalogue of templates and according to the norms and standards as agreed upon with the customer. It is checked for completeness, conformity, and plausibility and is subsequently approved and controlled. It is stored using a version control system.

Purchase

Our suppliers and the quality of the goods they deliver are a crucial factor for reaching our business goals. This is why we select and evaluate our suppliers carefully.

Any items with impact on our products or projects are ordered solely from approved suppliers and undergo an incoming goods inspection. We put particular emphasis on marking, traceability and conformity of the items with the specified criteria and characteristics.

Production

We produce prototypes, pre-production and series production devices in small batches compliant with the approved design data. The production or mounting of devices, modules and cable harnesses is performed according to out processes and work instructions which fit the applicable norms and specifications to guarantee full product conformity and a high quality.

The execution of each step in the workflow and the used production facilities are documented in a traceable way. The verification is performed by the Quality Assurance department which is closely following all production activities.

Our effective processes and lean corporate structure enables us to achieve maximum quality also for small batches at a fair price.

Quality Assurance

We consider both process-centred and product-centred quality assurance. Continuous monitoring of the implemented processes and the results they produce guarantees consistent process and norm compliancy, and early error detection in all departments. This ensures that we achieve our high quality standards.

Quality assurance as part of our quality management is deeply integrated in the projects to ensure we achieve our high product-centred quality standards. This integration starts at the project planning stage by using the integral processes of RTCA DO-254 respectively DO-178C. In the verification the quality assurance is witnessing and supervising acceptance tests, functional tests and reviews. Additionally internal audits are conducted for all departments on a regular basis.

Management

Our management focuses not only on the company itself but considers the whole context. It regards an assessment of risks and chances when deciding on strategic concepts and company policy.

We reflect on our actions through management reviews and monitor and rate the achievement of our business objectives:

  • Improvement of quality
  • Enhancement of customer satisfaction
  • Quality conscious supplier selection and evaluation
  • Optimization of the individual processes and inter-departmental collaboration

Management Assistant

Our management assistant is the initial contact for customers and business partners. It is responsible for all administrative and organizational activities. All internal functions and tasks in administration, scheduling of appointments and meetings, accounting and invoicing are quickly addressed, supported and controlled here.

Safety

We offer our know-how and our possibilities in tool-based calculation of reliability forecast as well as safety and risk management on device level to ensure during the development phase that the required reliability and fault tolerance meets all requirements. Already during the design phase it can be assessed which reliability the product can offer at the end. The calculation is based on field data which are collected in a handbook, e.g. the MIL-HDBK-217 in conjunction with ANSI/VITA 51.1. With these data, action can be taken early in the development phase to improve the quality and maintainability in a sustainable way.

Our business activities encompass:

  • FHA (Functional Hazard Analysis)
  • FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) and FMECA (Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis)
  • FTA (Fault Tree Analysis)
  • MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)

Test Rig Construction

From planning to production – we offer you individually developed test rigs, created in line with your requirements and optimized using our know-how – everything from a single source! We place great importance on highest quality and customer satisfaction. Our optimized processes, flexibility and experience provide you with effective solutions for your application.

Our experienced engineers and technicians design individual systems, from manual test devices with user control to automatic test rigs. Depending on use, test protocols can be created via integrated PC interfaces.

On request, our qualified staff can also conduct initial operation or function tests and coach your team to use the test rig correctly.

Environmental Tests

We also offer a broad range of environmental simulations testing of your mechanical, electromechanical, and electronic components. These are executed in-house or in close cooperation with our local partners. We have specialized in testing according to national and international specifications like MIL-STD 810, RTCA DO-160 as well as according to customer-specific requirements.

In compliance with RTCA DO-160 we offer these categories

  • Section 4 - Temperature and Altitude
  • Section 5 - Temperature Variation
  • Section 6 - Humidity
  • Section 7 - Operational Shocks and Crash Safety
  • Section 8 - Vibration
  • Section 9 - Explosive Atmosphere
  • Section 10 - Waterproofness
  • Section 11 - Fluids Susceptibility
  • Section 12 - Sand and Dust
  • Section 13 - Fungus Resistance
  • Section 14 - Salt Fog
  • Section 15 - Magnetic Effect
  • Section 16 - Power Input
  • Section 17 - Voltage Spike
  • Section 18 - Audio Frequency Conducted Susceptibility - Power Input
  • Section 19 - Induced Signal Susceptibility
  • Section 20 - Radio Frequency Susceptibility (Radiated and Conducted)
  • Section 21 - Emission of Radio Frequency Energy
  • Section 22 - Lightning Induced Transient Susceptibility
  • Section 24 - Icing
  • Section 25 - Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
  • Section 26 - Fire, Flammability

We would be happy to support you and provide advice for all your questions and problems regarding environmental simulation.

Consulting

Do you need a competent partner in the implementation of your project? We can support you individually in the implementation of your ideas. We prepare solution concepts or alternative methods on request, optimize existing processes or support you and your team with advice and assistance.

We are at your side from the application stage right through to completed certification with innovative concepts, technical competence and experience.

Our team has many years of experience and supports you throughout the entire product development process. As specialists, we even support you on the way to approval, in the verification tests and in the Environmental Tests sector.
Our optimized processes and lean company structure ensure that even in the case of complex projects we can ensure a sustainable, cost and time optimized implementation, which is flexibly tailored to your requirements.
Please contact us – we would be happy to help you!

Get to know us

CUONICS GmbH was founded in 2015 by Philipp Lemberger. Although the company has only been on the market for a short period, our team can offer many years of experience in the avionics development and production sector.

Based in Straubing, CUONICS GmbH offers customized solutions for renowned customers throughout Europe in the civilian and military aeronautics industry sector.

 

 

What can we do for you?

We are your expert partner for anything avionics.

We look forward to hearing from you!

CUONICS GmbH
Äußere Passauer Str. 137
94315 Straubing

Phone:   +49 (0)9421-75307-0
Fax:+49 (0)9421-75307-99
E-Mail:info(at)cuonics.com