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Frequently Asked Questions

Confidentiality is an essential concern for us. Before you disclose the design to us, we will send to you a signed Confidentiality Agreement (also known as a Non-Disclosure Agreement or NDA). This is a legally binding agreement that prevents us from disclosing your product to any third party.
Definitely not! Upon fulfillment of the design contract, all engineering files and manufacturing packs will be handed over to your company, and you are free to work with any contract assembler of your choosing.
A project timeline, with measurable milestones, is the first item created for client review once the functionality goals are understood. Though only an estimate, the timeline provides a valuable tool for all parties to keep abreast of the current stage of development as well as to assess the effectiveness of our design efforts. Weekly billing correlates to project milestones so that any questions regarding the design can be addressed immediately, and any changes to design priorities can be integrated in a timely manner.
This is actually a very common situation. Legacy design needs a modification, and the original author is no longer around. To assist, we will need to review the schematics and speak to you about its functionality. Once this is done, it’s a matter of implementing the new changes, verifying performance, and creating the new manufacturing pack. We will also create detailed engineering documentation to accompany the changes.
Creating functional prototypes is what we do everyday. We will design the circuit, layout the board and deal with the PCB manufacturing and assembly contractor.
Testing and approval decisions are product specific. While CE electrical testing is mandatory for some products, UL may not be mandatory. Spark Electronics typically performs the electronic circuit design portion of product development, producing the PCB to be worked into the housing. Because a product is tested in its complete form (not just the bare PCB outside the enclosure), it falls to the company wishing to produce the product to attain the appropriate testing certifications. If desired, Spark Electronics can take your assembled product to the third part test laboratories on behalf of your company and deliver to you a fully certified and approved device.
RoHS, also known as the Lead-Free Initiative, stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. RoHS (or Directive 2002/95/EC) originated in the European Union and restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products. All applicable products in the EU market after July 1, 2006 must pass RoHS compliance. RoHS impacts the entire electronics industry. Spark Electronics complies with the RoHS initiative by designing only with RoHS-compliant components and utilizing lead-free printed circuit boards and soldering methods.