FlashPoint Technologies is dedicated to developing world class, open automation products and solutions built around open standards and embedded software architectures. Our focus is the integration of software tools and components from global leaders, and innovative concepts that we have created, into packaged OEM solutions. The focus of our business is in four main areas:
- Software Integration
- Consulting Services
- Contract Manufacturing
- Packaged OEM Solutions
Software Integration-This group within FlashPoint Technologies is responsible for finding readily available and leading edge technologies, as defined by customer specifications, to create custom software solutions on specified hardware platforms. The concept is to find software components or modules that satisfy a particular task.
We work with the respective vendors to determine what is needed to integrate all components into a common end product. The end product has a common look and feel, and in some cases, a single development environment and licensing scheme and is typically a “brand labeled” solution marketed by an OEM.
FlashPoint provides all necessary integration engineering required to make the modules function together as a finished product. Quality testing, documentation customization, and hardware compatibility testing are all provided as part of these Software Integration Services.
Consulting Services-Oftentimes an OEM is looking to conceptualize or prototype a product before finalizing a design. The Consulting Services group within FlashPoint Technologies provides third party design services. The focus here is to find different software solutions available in the marketplace, test, and recommend which products may be best suited and easiest to integrate into a common automation platform following the shortest path to market.
Embedded automation offers machine builders the chance to add significant power to their products through the use of newer technologies that permit control, data/information gathering, web services, and traditional human machine interface (HMI) on a hardware platform that is both space efficient and cost effective.
A key part of these services is the recommendation, evaluation, and selection of the final hardware platform and operating system (OS) to use.
Typically an OEM will use this group when they are in the process of re-engineering their market presence or a particular product or family of products. Time to market is key so as not to lose a window of opportunity.
Contract Manufacturing-The trend these days is for an OEM or machine builder to focus on core competencies. As an extension of our consulting services, FlashPoint is often called upon to recommend third party manufacturers of automation systems.
These organizations will typically provide all the automation needs for an OEM piece of machinery and ship the controls as a pre-tested subassembly for mating with the equipment either at a job site or in the OEM facility depending on the size and scope of the automation solution.
Packaged OEM Solutions-Our years of experience in automation have led to the Introduction of many productized solutions where FlashPoint combines the services, software integration, consulting, and contract manufacturing into finished products for OEM’s. These products are marketed under the FlashPoint Technologies name and utilize software components we have created or licensed that are embedded into hardware platforms to satisfy niche market requirements.