MEKRA Lang operates its own development department at the Ergersheim location. This is where we develop and produce cameras and imaging/image processing ECUs for the commercial vehicle segment. Product development is based on Automotive SPICE and FuSi (functional safety) principles.
To maintain our position as market leader, one of our goals is to continue to grow through innovation. By combining experience, know-how and creativity, we create new products to help our customers meet their present and future challenges. It is of special importance to us to play an active part in molding the future of indirect vision systems for commercial vehicles, including the development of electronic mirror replacement systems. That is why we create platform solutions in addition to camera monitor systems to be able to generate customized products tailor-made to meet our customers’ requests and expectations.
Our pre-development department designs solutions which form the basis for targeted and efficient development of serial products according to specific customer requirements. We do not only facilitate but also explicitly encourage joint pre-development projects with our customers.
We are uniquely familiar with our technology partners’ markets, customer needs and project roadmaps. Based on this knowledge we define product platforms. Pre-development of core technologies at MEKRA Lang includes the inspection and activation of hardware components and the pre-development of imaging and sensing algorithms and software.
The development of digital vision systems for large-scale production starts in our electronics systems development department. Our systems developers are our customers’ point of contact for expert advice in all design matters. They process the relevant information for specifying systems and module requirements and architecture. Based on their input, our developers then derive hardware, software and mechanical requirements. Systems development at MEKRA Lang marks the starting point of a process which is fully traceable from customer request to systems design and systems testing. This enables us to not only meet customer requirements but also to comply with international development standards, particularly Automotive SPICE.
Our experienced hardware developers create design concepts for camera hardware, modern control units (ECUs) and intelligent mirror electronics in-house and implement these from circuit design to layout. The team performs its development tasks in close consultation with our customers and partners to accommodate individual customer requests and to generate solutions with attractive cost-benefit ratios.
Our software developers focus on designing and testing robust embedded software and firmware for microcontrollers and integrated circuits referred to as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Vehicle communications and diagnosis, image processing and additional intelligent functions, including the turn-signal-controlled display of overlays, are the key areas of activity. Depending on our customers’ preferences we use traditional project management methods or apply agile development principles.
We design and configure sensor heads featuring optical and mechanical properties suitable for the challenging conditions in which automotive camera systems are used. We either choose commercially available lenses offered by trusted project partners for cost-efficient standard applications or we use our core expertise to create customized lenses from scratch. Our products can be found in various segments of the automotive industry already.
The mechatronics systems development department is responsible for designing and integrating electrical components and systems. One of the most important tasks related to camera systems is simulating the different ways in which fields of vision are rendered. We ensure that the interaction of multiple cameras on one vehicle is aligned and specify the ideal ergonomic layout, monitor size and position for each system. When performing simulation and computing tasks for mirror replacement systems, we ensure compliance with all applicable ECE regulations and ISO standards.
Our mechatronics components are the result of close collaboration between the mechanics, electronics and software departments. This way we develop rugged camera monitor systems featuring components which meet all the required electrical and mechanical requirements. Our portfolio of development services also includes the integration of folding mirror gears, antennas, sensors as well as additional lights.
MEKRA Lang’s testing department is closely integrated with the company’s mechanics and electronics development operations and supports these with concurrent tests during all of the project phases starting with pre-development.
We provide various laboratory facilities to ensure that internal and customer requirements are both adequately met. A few examples are our optics lab for ensuring camera monitor system image quality, hardware-in-the-loop testing facilities for ensuring software and systems functionalities, and various environmental, mechanical and shaker tests for automotive stress simulations. In addition to internal tests MEKRA Lang also coordinates testing activities by external partners as well as field tests on customer premises.
During the development and optimization of all of our mirrors, electronic driver-assist systems, camera monitor systems and vision solutions we perform tests under real-life driving conditions. This enables us to ensure early on that our products meet all customer-specific requirements as well as the highest quality standards before we go into large-scale production. We always make sure to plan, perform and evaluate the tests in close cooperation with our customers and the development department.