Technical Capabilities

Optimal solutions for your engineering challenges.
Ball Systems capabilities extend from build-to-print to original electrical, mechanical, and software design of test and automation systems. Depending upon our customers’ needs, we can leverage specific technologies and in-house expertise to help develop the optimal solution to your engineering challenges.
For full listing of services and specialized capabilities within each,
please see our services page.

Core Capabilities

Electrical Design

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  • System and architecture design
  • Electrical requirements definition and gathering
  • Electronic circuit design (Orcad, Cadence, Altium, Multisim, Mentor Graphics)
  • Electronic circuit simulation (ModelSIM, Multisim, Altium)
  • PCB design (analog, digital, mixed-signal, high speed, RF, power, etc.)
  • PCB layout (Altium, Orcad, Cadence, Ultiboard, Mentor Graphics)
  • Prototype and production PCB assembly
  • Electronic testing and design verification
  • FPGA, CPLD, DSP, microcontroller design & programming
  • Video and audio processing
  • Analog design
  • RF design and testing to 40GHz+
  • Signal conditioning and processing
  • Communication interfaces (e.g., USB, RS232/RS485, CAN, ARINC, MIL-STD, proprietary (e.g., Boeing Intellibus, GE GEA, Whirlpool WIDE, etc.)
  • Battery Powered and portable devices (battery charging & management)
  • Sensors and controllers (including touch-screen display)
  • High speed digital buses (SPI, I2C, PXI, PCI, PCIe, cPCI, cPCIe, Memory, etc.)
  • Power supply design (including switching power supply design)
  • Inductor design – toroid, E-core, U-core

Software Design

 LabVIEW developers and architects

  • NI certified architects (CLAs) & developers (CLDs)
    • National Instruments Gold Alliance Partner
  • NI’s full suite of software programs for test, and measurement, e.g. LabVIEW, TestStand, VeriStand, LabVIEW FPGA, DIAdem, RF Test, LabWindows CVi, etc.
  • Driver development including PCI, PCIe, I2C, SPI, SCI, Flash drivers, etc.
  • Communications sub-systems (CAN, FlexRay, various ARINC, Mission Systems Ethernet, MIL-STD, serial, EtherCAT, proprietary, others)
  • Custom software development
  • Languages including assembly languages, C, C++, C#, Visual Basic (VB), Java, Python, PICS, VHDL, and other programmable logic
  • Graphics user and human to machine interfaces (GUI & HMI)
  • Software & hardware modeling & model integration
  • 3-phase power monitoring
  • Real-time control & monitoring
  • Embedded controller system design
  • Database management & integration
  • Windows & custom PC applications
  • Intelligent I/O sub-systems
  • Communications control & PLC
  • Microcontroller, DSP, RF software
  • RTOS (Thread X)
  • File Systems (File X)
  • Schedulers (Nemos)
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Mechanical Design

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  • System and architecture design
  • Mechanical requirements
  • 3D CAD design
  • 3D part modeling
  • Part and assembly documentation
  • Mechanical prototyping and production
  • Enclosure design
  • Material selection
  • Test fixture design

Systems Engineering

  • Feasibility studies
  • Requirements documentation
  • Requirements management
  • Product development
  • Prototyping and early run production
For full listing of services and specialized capabilities within each,
please see our services page.

Test, Engineering and Manufacturing Solutions

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  • Turnkey automated test systems & fixtures for PCAs, modules, systems, etc.
  • Full test strategy, design & integration services
  • On-site test installation, verification, training & support
  • National Instruments based design, programming and integration
    • Reconfigurable PXI, cRIO, sbRIO, & PCI based test systems
    • NI software programming: LabVIEW, TestStand, VeriStand, LabWindows CVi, Inertia, DIAdem, etc.
  • Portable/field test solutions
  • Test automation & line integration
  • Integrated test platforms, test stands, consoles, racks
  • Custom test cabinet & interconnect system design
  • Custom circuit designs: analog, digital, mixed, RF, power, FPGA
  • Custom test software, firmware, & FPGA designs
  • RF test systems, fixtures, programming, & tuning to 40GHz+
  • Semiconductor test systems, programming and custom load boards
  • Dyno-based test & control systems
  • Vision inspection systems
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  • Build-to-Print manufacturing
  • Low & medium volume production
  • Rework, remanufacture & repair
  • Testing, validation & verification services
  • Custom & COTS test equipment/cabinet assembly
  • Printed circuit board (PCB, PCA, and CCA) design & assembly
  • Schematic capture & PCB layout, including SMT, T/H & mixed-mode PCB design
  • Panel wiring & electrical enclosure fabrication & assembly
  • Custom & production cable assembly
  • Custom mechanical manufacturing & assembly
  • Quick-turn PCBs & custom prototyping
  • In-house prototyping and machining
  • Design for manufacturing (DFM) & design for test (DFT)
  • Power distribution equipment assembly
  • Component sourcing
  • Traceability
  • Metal fabrication & mechanical assembly
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  • Process automation
  • Machine vision & inspection
  • Test equipment & integration
  • Process control development
  • PLC design & integration installation
  • Production line automation
  • HMIs & custom user interfaces
  • Data acquisition development
  • Material handling & conveying
  • Motion control integration
  • Industrial engineering & manufacturing engineering
  • Database & IS integration
  • System architecture
  • Robotic integration
  • Automated test equipment design & integration
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Specialized Testing

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  • RF module design, development & production
  • RF test system design, programming & integration
  • Automated testing of all popular RF standards & protocols
  • Component, module & system level testing
  • Characterization, performance assessment & verification
  • High-power compression testing
  • RF & wireless design, packaging & test, DC to 40 GHz+
  • Test fixture development, fabrication, assembly & tuning
  • Test system fabrication & test, including build-to-print
  • Legacy RF test system hardware & software upgrade/conversion & validation
  • RF test plan development
  • Custom RF hardware designs
  • Custom RF test software
  • RF capability, DC to 40 GHz+
  • From simple to complex modulation
  • Implementations from design verification to production test
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  • Semiconductor IC test systems & load boards capable of spanning device development, prototyping, verification, characterization & production test
  • RF, mixed-signal, power amplifiers, A-D’s, etc.
  • IC test plan development & device characterization
  • Verification/validation, characterization, final test, wafer probe
  • Voltage, temperature, & device configuration characterization
  • Dynamic, offset, statistical, energy, capacitance & resistance performance
  • Handler/prober integration
  • Soft-dock & hard-dock
  • Device interface/load board design, fabrication & manufacture
  • Reduce test times from weeks to hours without process variable reduction
  • Per Pin Measurement Capability (PPMC) & 4-quadrant sourcing
  • Multi-site abstraction
  • Multi-controller architecture with independent resources
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