System integration

Point of Care Diagnostic Product

Our Point of Care products are used wherever quick results are needed to be able to make equally quick decisions – some of which may be life-altering. This includes the doctor’s practice or the emergency room where performance and precision are pivotal.

The challenge is to produce highly reliable diagnostic results for highly complex systems under difficult circumstances – without the facilities of a full laboratory. For the things that matter most: Our health and that of everyone close to us.


How do we deliver fail-proof precision for something as complex as a plane turbine?

In System integration scientists and technical experts from various disciplines work alongside in order to grasp the complex relationship of analytical systems.

We are a dedicated and experienced group of qualified chemists, physicists, engineers and laboratory technicians, with:

  • A holistic and sustainable way of thinking (view on the "whole"), in accordance with our motto "Think Systems".
  • A deep understanding of complex and multidisciplinary contexts within system development (components and interfaces).
  • A deep understanding of electrochemical and optical detection technologies, as well as measurement and evaluation procedures.
  • A broad range of products and technology knowledge, also of competitor products.

As a central component in the development of Point of Care systems, we ensure that test carrier and instrument fit together and that the required performance of the system is guaranteed.

We need a system view! With so many variables and dependencies involved in diagnostics we need a holistic approach to factor in the interplay of all the dimensions involved: interfaces, workflow, hardware, software, their interplay, environmental factors to name a few. System integration ensures that system components, such as test carrier and instrument, fit together and that the required performance of the system is guaranteed.

As a central component in the development of Diagnostic analyzer, system integration ensures that all components, such as test carrier and instrument, fit together and that the required performance of the whole system is guaranteed in the end.

Within Point of Care we work together with all trades of the different sciences and engineering backgrounds – all of whom are experts in their field. Depending on the project we also work with device manufacturers from across the globe …

System integrators accompany a product through the entire development cycle until production and beyond. When the pieces don’t fit together, it is their role to troubleshoot and get everyone at a table and translate between the worlds of subjects and disciplines and drive the improvement process with them – until the device works exactly as it should. This is a real tinkering job.

In many ways, system integration is a very creative job because there are so many dimensions to consider and ultimately many ways lead to Rome. We also develop our own algorithms for measuring methods that are decisive for the performance of a product. Albeit, you can only be creative if you have a deep understanding of the subject with all its interdependencies.

It is impossible to just open the hood and know instantly where the problem lies. It is a long process and requires real investigation. But solving these highly complex issues should foremost be fun for all system integrators, not a cause for frustration. Our biggest reward is finding the fault.

Point of Care projects are mostly complete system developments.

 

"There is no role that works with more contact to other trades than system integration. We are in midst of it all."

Dr. Jürgen Spinke
Head of System Integration, Centralized and Point of Care Solutions

System integrators speak both the language of scientists and engineers and everything in-between often translating between the various disciplines. And they also carry the voice of the users into the development process by looking at their needs as well as the product as a whole. They continuously switch language. And hats.

System integration is an important link between the various R&D departments which contribute to the development of our diagnostic analytical systems. In system integration, the optimal interaction of the component designs is ensured in order to achieve the required key performance characteristics of the overall system design.

System Integration includes the following tasks:

Systemdesign / -architecture

Description of requirements and specifications especially for the interfaces between system components.

Measuring Methods and Algorithms

Selection of the best detection and measuring methods, design of measuring sequences and fail safe features, and make sure that the raw values are translated into correct patient results.

Configuration Management and Release Testing

Implementation and release of the various instrument/system generations, providing test tools for their characterization and transfer system/testing know-how into the production process.

System Performance Verification

Create evidence for the performance of the system, e.g. evaluation of environmental influences, system robustness and reliability, analytical sensitivity...

We need people with a 360° understanding. People who understand the forest as an ecosystem rather than looking at each tree individually. As system integrators, we focus on performance, so that the forest produces as much oxygen as possible.

50-100

mio. annual invest in Point of Care

>12

different professions / skills in the department

Thanks to advances in data processing, mobile technology and communication, the possibilities of Point of Care products continue to grow. As does their complexity. In the future we will need even more people with a 360° understanding of the system to expedite the potential of diagnostic products and forge the healthcare of tomorrow.