Case Studies

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Computer Server System Test Environment

Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) 

When HP needed a supplier to build, test, and deliver over 1500, custom, 1-U, 19” rack mountable test controller boxes to HP’s contract manufacturers worldwide, they turned to Ball Systems.

Ball Systems was successful at managing multiple requests and orders from manufacturing sites across the globe, and managed orders from as little as 3-pieces to over 300-pieces at a time.

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Shipments were seamlessly managed to such diverse locations as Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Germany, China, Taiwan, India, Mexico, and Texas. Ball Systems managed all interactions with the manufacturing sites, and without exception delivered the units in the timeframes promised. Ball Systems came alongside HP to deliver its custom systems-test control box to as many as 15 contract and in-house manufacturing sites worldwide. HP engineers had designed a first pass of the new control box, but did not want to be burdened with managing the assembly and distribution of the boxes to manufacturing sites around the globe. HP turned to Ball Systems to build the boxes on their behalf, and deliver them to the CM’s on a turnkey basis. As a result, after some intial information and specification sharing, HP no longer had to be involved in the production and distribution process, nor did they have to provide ongoing support for the test boxes.

Ball Systems was successful at managing multiple requests and orders from manufacturing sites across the globe, and managed orders from as little as 3-pieces to over 300-pieces at a time. Shipments were seamlessly managed to such diverse locations as Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Germany, China, Taiwan, India, Mexico, and Texas. Ball Systems managed all interactions with the manufacturing sites, and without exception delivered the units in the timeframes promised.

Client Testimonial

Ball Systems was a pleasure to work with.  They kept us appraised of each order, managed the overall project in such a manner as to minimize the efforts required by our team.  As a result, we were able to focus on much higher value-add activities for our company. Thanks to Ball Systems for all the hard work, and for making our lives easier.


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Portable Suitcase Tester for Automotive Entertainment System Testing

Pioneer Electronics 

When Pioneer Automotive Electronics needed a solution to emulate their factory in-line functional test at the factory of their customer, a top automotive manufacturer, they turned to Ball Systems to design a portable, durable, and comprehensive custom test solution for their application.

 

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The Requirement:

Pioneer Automotive Electronics was required from time to time to visit its customer, a top-tier automotive manufacturer to resolve a variety of concerns on-site. Pioneer engineers would be called-in to evaluate Pioneer product on the automotive production line in order to resolve perceived quality issues, peforms sorts, or to audit product performance. They needed a comprehensive test solution that could not only emulate their own in-house, and in-line automated test environment, but was also portable and flexible enough to test an entire family of radio head units and associated components and/or options, inlcuding navigational systems, CD players, DVD players, XM tuners, amplifiers, speaker systems, and speakers.

Ball Systems’ cross-functional design team worked with Pioneer to define requirements, review past performance and/concerns, understand schedule and budgetary constraints, and review product specifications. Ball Systems engineers developed a custom suitcase tester which was not only many times more capable than prior suitcase testers, but which also provided dramatic improvements in durability, reliability, ease of use, and also flexibility across multiple product families. The resulting solution exceeded customer expecations and has even translated into improved perception of quality and attention to detail of Pioneer from its own automotive customer.

Client Testimonial

Ball Systems was a pleasure to work with. We had several instances where we were not able to provide certain information and/or components on a timely basis, but Ball Systems engineers continued to move ahead where they could, and frequently adapted their project plans to accomodate the issues we were facing. The quality of the Ball Systems testers was extremely high, and we have recommended Ball Systems to our own automotive customer as a result. Thanks to Ball Systems for all the hard work and patience.

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