From idea to project
Since it was established in 1973, CAPETTI ELETTRONICA has embarked on numerous partnerships with national universities and research centres, such as Turin Polytechnic, Milan Polytechnic, the National Research Council (CNR) and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), to name but a few. Naturally, this has enriched the skills of the research, development and innovation department, which has been the jewel in the company’s crown for some time now.
The company has therefore been designing and producing electronics in-house for approximately 50 years. Its organisational structure has areas dedicated to key manufacturing design processes, such as feasibility analysis, the implementation of specifications, the development of electrical layouts, industrial-scale operations and mass production.
Vertically Integrated Process
In particular, the company has:
- a design team made up of hardware designers and mechanical designers. Projects follow a standard procedure that commences with drawing up functional specifications and continues with designing the electronic board in its external casing, verifying dimensions and assembly phases using 3D CAD simulations and drawings.
- a development team made up of software and hardware developers. Applications are written and incorporated within the system to obtain the final result. A dedicated integrated development environment (IDE) is used for development and debugging, connected to interface tools that give access to any microcontrollers on boards, such as JTAG interfaces. This makes it possible to control all system variables and input signals, and compare them with the development of a finite-state machine for the programme.
- A complete set of laboratory instrumentation for the validation and verification phase, and to check operational lock-outs in the product prototyping phase. The equipment available covers the main electrical or radiofrequency measurements required for developing and verifying designed products. There are also programmable power supply units and signal generators, which are calibrated and tested regularly by external organisations.
- A precision welding laboratory, an automatic warehouse for electronic components and all equipment required to modify prototypes and perform reworks on electronic boards autonomously, in accordance with RoHS standards.
- Test benches, which are often designed in-house, allocated to the production area and overseen by qualified operators for functional and end-of-line testing. Test results are logged through specific compliance reports and device labelling to ensure traceability.
During the product’s lifecycle, the entire supply chain is monitored (to trace any inherent defects), in addition to batches of critical components, feedback from technical support, and returns for repair (to assess potential weakness in mass-produced products). This enables ongoing improvement during operations and potentially for the entire product lifecycle.
Examples of projects implemented for our partners:
- High Frequency Industrial Inverter
- High Frequency Rack Inverter
- High Frequency Integrated Inverter
- High Voltage Controller
- High Voltage Module
- Railway Climate Control Unit
- Railway Door Control Unit
- LED Driver Module
There have also been numerous prominent collaborations for research projects: