Do you need electronic product design for something that is not available on the market? Require a professional electronic circuit designer and/or printed circuit board (PCB)? Or perhaps a proof of concept? Maybe you just need some electronic experts to review your circuit schematic or PCB layout? Perhaps you need an embedded programming / coding expert? In any case, we are confident we can support your needs. We have a wealth of experience with electronic design, electronic development, electronic prototyping, electronic production advise, and firmware programming. We are proficient with various EDA tools and various OSs. We started using Protel in the 1990's, before it was rebirthed as Altium. We still use Protel/Altium if/when required, however prefer to use gEDA (and some times Eagle). We use gEDA because it is open-source and therefore can be integrated with our custom Python tools to auto create PCB footprints, auto create BOMs and price lists using the Octopart API https://octopart.com or Digikey API https://services.digikey.com. This allows automation of some of our services/skills, which requires less human hours, and therefore higher efficiency and lower development costs.
Our custom electronics experience is broad: analogue electronics, digital electronics, RF electronics, TI MSP430, ST STM32, FPGA, WiFi, Bluetooth, custom wireless protocols for long range, power management (PMIC), buck and boost converters, lithium (Li) battery charging, lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery charging, wireless induction charging, various sensor interfacing (IMU, accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, image sensors, ultrasonics, IR, encoders, radar, laser range finders), various control interfacing (brushed DC motors, BLDC, servo motors, stepper motors, linear actuators, pneumatics, hydraulics). With a deep understanding of electronics, sensors and computer networking we find IoT devices straight forward. We even have a sewing machine for conductive thread and LilyPad's to embrace wearable technology.
We believe that a good electronics design will use a microcontroller (MCU) or microprocessor (MPU) that allows one to develop firmware (i.e. software for hardware), so the features/solutions are flexible and extendable. We have expensive experience with programming at all levels from embedded programming, to application programming, GUI programming, cross-platform development, and web development. We are Linux experts and confident with all programming languages (e.g. C, C++, Python to say the least) and all operating systems. Our desktop computers typically run Ubuntu/Debian and use VirtualBox to run all operating systems (OSX and Windows) at the same time.
A design wouldn't be complete without PCB assembly, prototyping, testing and debugging. We typically get our bare PCB's manufactured in China along with a stencil (about 5 days turn around time). We then use our reflow oven to do surface mount soldering, and the rest is done with a solering iron. We have tools and tricks of the trade for PCB surface mount and through hole rework. We are confident with manual soldering components down to the 0603 level.
The CTO of COLETEK (Luke Cole) originally worked for Hemisphere GPS (purchased by AgJunction) as a "Robotics Engineer" implementing auto-guidance solutions for agriculture tractors and quadbikes. Luke Cole also worked at Location Aware Technologies (433) developing indoor tracking devices. And also worked for leading research institutes such as NICTA, CSIRO and ANU Robotics System Lab (lead by Alex Zelinsky).
Lance Cole has also worked at NICTA and has a background of various hardware development, such as working for a contract company to the US millary (EOS), building the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).
Hawker is a town in the Flinders Ranges area of South Australia, 365 km north of Adelaide. The town population is about 300, with another 200 people in the surrounding district. It is in the Flinders Ranges Council, the state Electoral district of Stuart and the federal Division of Grey.
The main economic activities in the area are tourism and pastoral runs of sheep and increasingly cattle. Due to the arid environment, the stocking rates are low, at about one sheep per three to four hectares. Hawker is 55 km south of Wilpena Pound, a unique natural dish-shaped range of hills popular with tourists, as well as the spectacular scenery of the southern Flinders Ranges.
Hawker was a thriving railway town from the 1880s until 1956 as it was on the famous Ghan railway line, until the route was moved further west when the line was upgraded.
The town, population of about 300, offers visitors all essential services needed for their stay in the Flinders Ranges or for those venturing further into the Outback of South Australia.
Hawker is administered by the Flinders Ranges Council based in Quorn, another unique location which has so much to offer the visitor. A large variety of accommodation styles is available in the district at affordable prices. A number of establishments provide meals or takeaway food, and there are several stores to stock up on provisions for that short or longer stay in the north.