Syntronic contributes to better radiotherapy equipment, with new motion control solution

A world-leading medtech firm selected Syntronic as their partner for a project that in the long-run will enable doctors to cure cancer tumors more efficiently, through new radiotherapy equipment with greater precision. The medtech firm is releasing an Electronic Portal Imaging Device (EPID) designed for improved radiotherapy treatment. Syntronic contributed to the project’s success by developing a flexible, precise, and technically advanced motion control system solution. In the field of radiotherapy, precision is a matter of crucial importance. Medtech equipment that results in greater precision, such as the EPID developed by Syntronic’s partner, facilitates the process of assessing and treating tumors. By providing medical professionals with more precise information, innovative medtech equipment also make it easier to determine the most efficient radiation dose in each case.

Improved accuracy and quality

The EPID that Syntronic’s partner has developed uses a detector matrix to acquire images in the beam direction of the field. The device instantly displays two-dimensional images in high resolution. It is designed to collect data quickly and has a strong radiation resistance. The overall aim is to provide medical professionals with improved positioning accuracy and better radiotherapy quality.

The motion control board developed and designed by Syntronic is based on field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology. The board controls all motion systems on the electronic imaging device, including joint motion. The movement of each part has corresponding position detection and real-time communication with the main control board.

Quick and reliable

A major advantage with Syntronic’s solution is that once an abnormal state is detected, the main control board will issue a warning. At the same time, the main control board is equipped with status indicators. The solutions make it possible to quickly detect and identify any issues that may occur, by observing the status of the indicator light.

The digitization of medical imaging treatment equipment is an on-going trend in the medtech sector. In the radiotherapy segment, the industry is focused on development solutions that will result in better data management strategies, positioning, and precision.

Syntronic is a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production, and aftermarket services. Among our customers and partners are some of the world’s most technology intensive businesses and organizations in sectors such as telecom, automotive, defence, industrial and medtech.

From R&D to production: Syntronic provides computing equipment partner with blade server solution

Syntronic recently developed and produced a blade server pass-through module solution for a large domestic computing equipment manufacturer. The leading manufacturer chose Syntronic as ODM (Original Design Manufacturer). The pass-through module provided by Syntronic in the context of this project can reduce network costs and improve parallel efficiency, while ensuring high bandwidth and low latency.

The customized blade server pass-through module developed and designed by is a high-speed networking device. It provides an easy connection between the system chassis and any external network infrastructure. The server also provides an external data interface. As a result of the design, the computing nodes in the chassis can be directly connected to external TOR data center switches via ethernet.

Moreover, our module also supports six generations of IEEE standards, 25Gb/10Gb ethernet auto-negotiation and 14 high-speed ethernet links. According to the characteristics of I/O modules installed in pairs, and at the same time to achieve redundancy and improve performance, the pass-through modules are installed in the I/O area behind the system chassis.

Tests and advantages

Syntronic performed FCT board-level function tests and FST machine function tests on the pass-through module during the production process. The FCT board-level functional tests included MCU and CPLD automatic programming function tests, analog voltage tests, I2C tests, VPD tests, temperature tests, power tests, clock tests, LED tests, RS-232 and other serial port tests. Moreover, Syntronic’s test engineers tested the PRBS reliability of the pass-through module through eye diagrams to ensure the successful delivery of the pass-through module.

The main advantages of blade servers are the low operating costs, high processing density, and the fact that few cable connection points are required. In the future, blade servers will become more and more modular, and their computing power and scalability will become stronger.

Syntronic is a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production, and aftermarket services. Among our customers and partners are some of the world’s most technology intensive businesses and organizations in sectors such as telecom, automotive, defence, industrial and medtech.

Syntronic provides leading sports equipment manufacturer with detection solution

Syntronic Chengdu´s R&D team has developed a set of advanced bicycle wheel inspection solutions in the context of a partnership with a world-leading bicycle parts manufacturer. The solutions are based on advanced detection technology.

The unique set of solutions developed by Syntronic’s Chengdu team include strain gauge sensor-based spoke tension detection equipment and single-chip control. This set of solutions can not only detect the performance and quality of the bicycle before it leaves the factory, but also accurately locate abnormalities in faulty bicycles, which simplifies and speeds up the repair process.

A growing need for detection solutions

In the sport equipment industry, there is an increasing need for advanced detection solutions, such as the ones developed by Syntronic in the context of this project.

To bicycle parts manufacturers, ensuring that all types of bicycles have effective transmission and durability is an issue of great importance. Their research and development work is centred around this issue. Testing the quality of bicycle parts before they leave the factory is also an essential step. It is especially important to test the stretch of the bicycle wheel spokes and the distance between the gears. For those reasons, manufacturers are increasingly turning to R&D experts such as Syntronic in search of efficient solutions.

Digital transformation

In the bicycle spare part sector, the traditional wheel inspection basically relies on the experience and feel of individual professionals, who carry out tests and adjustments manually. However, with the substantial increase in the production quantity, only relying on manpower for inspection is associated with lower efficiency and a higher error rate.

To ensure product quality and improve inspection efficiency, bicycle component manufacturers increasingly opt for digital transformation solutions. The use of intelligent test equipment aiming to inspect the products out of the factory has been identified as an efficient way forward. Syntronic looks forward to developing more cutting-edge solutions for existing and potential partners who are interested in streamlining their production technique.

Syntronic is a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production, and aftermarket services. Among our customers and partners are some of the world’s most technology intensive businesses and organizations in sectors such as telecom, automotive, defence, industrial and medtech.

Syntronic signs agreement with hardware security firm Quantum eMotion Inc

Syntronic Research and Development Canada has signed an agreement with Quantum eMotion Inc (QeM), a company that specializes in hardware security for connected devices. The company is renowned for its Quantum Random Number Generator, which is based on a patented solution that exploits the built-in unpredictability of quantum mechanics and provides enhanced security to protect high value assets and critical systems.

Under the new agreement, Syntronic will provide optimized design, integration, and small-scale manufacturing services to produce the first version of a portable USB QRNG product based on the operational prototype that QeM has developed.

Cutting-edge technology

“Our first product will be a USB-powered, FPGA-based design of a digital and analog assembly allowing a host PC to control the Quantum Number Generator (QRNG) and receive the requested random samples over the USB connection,” Francis Bellido, CEO of QeM, comments. “Ultimately, we want our portable QRNG to deliver strong hardware protection, with a simple touch, across any number of IT systems and online services,” he adds.

Taimoor Nawab, VP Business Development at Syntronic, comments: “We are excited to work with Francis and team at Quantum eMotion to help bring this cutting-edge technology to realization and look forward to supporting them throughout the productization process.”

Protects sensitive data

Syntronic’s partner’s strategic intent is to commercialize the first ultra-portable QRNG based on electron quantum tunneling and to provide a simple hardware security module that will provide bullet-proof protection for sensitive data inside standard servers. The technology will make blockchain-based processes inviolable and enable internet users to communicate uncrackable information across from any device to any number of services.

QeM’s solutions are expected to contribute to improvements in the healthcare services industry. The technology is also relevant to other crucial areas, such as financial services, cloud-based IT security infrastructure, classified government networks and communication systems, secure device keying (IOT, automotive, consumer electronics) and quantum cryptography.

Syntronic looks forward to contributing to the development of safer hardware security systems, in collaboration with QeM.

Syntronic is a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production, and aftermarket services. Among our customers and partners are some of the world’s most technology intensive businesses and organizations in sectors such as telecom, automotive, defence, industrial and medtech.

Syntronic expands into Montreal

Syntronic is reinforcing its presence in Canada by expanding into the city of Montreal. Our first Canadian office based in Ottawa, which was twice voted one of the top 10 Best Places to Work, recently embarked on a substantial recruitment drive due to the increasingly high demand from North American customers. The Montreal expansion forms part of a strategy to offer customers service with greater proximity.

To lead the new site in Montreal, Syntronic has hired Pierre Olivier as the Site Manager in Montreal with an initial focus to set up a carrier grade engineering team focused on delivering complex engineering solutions and services to a number of our existing and new customers.

Montreal and its surrounding neighborhoods have some of the world’s leading technology companies with expertise in all facets of complex product design from HW, SW, AI, MedTech and more. “To ensure we continue to provide these technology leaders the best engineering design services possible it made perfect sense for us to expand into Montreal” says Darrell Wellington, SVP Syntronic Canada.

In Canada, Syntronic’s engineering teams will continue to work with some of the global technology and product leaders in Telecom, Automotive, Defence, Robotics, Industrial and Medtech to help develop their next gen solutions. The team has advanced expertise within areas such as RF, Digital, Embedded SW, AI, machine learning, big data analytics, UX, mobile and full-stack design.

We are excited to continue to expand, and further help our customers, with our new presence in Montreal.  Syntronic expects to grow its Montreal presence rapidly with the goal to have a team of 100 employees locally in the next 15-24 months.

 

Pierre Olivier brings over 30 years of experience in embedded products, having worked in different roles throughout his career in the wireless and broadcast industries. Additionally, he brings customer interaction experience in application engineering.

Most recently, Pierre worked as Embedded Software Manager for Grass Valley, leading development efforts for a line of broadcast-grade audio/video processing blades.

Syntronic is a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production, and aftermarket services. Among our customers and partners are some of the world’s most technology intensive businesses and organizations in sectors such as telecom, automotive, defence, industrial and medtech.

For additional information or to learn more about our offering please contact: learnmore@syntronic.com

Radio association awards scholarship to Syntronic’s thesis writers for outstanding work

The Swedish Board of Radio Navigation (RNN) has awarded its annual scholarship for outstanding work to Gustaf Dahl and Ludvig Johansson, who wrote their Master thesis at Syntronic. In their thesis, Dahl and Johansson investigated the possible impact that hardware can have on the precision of an Ultra-Wideband (UWB) positioning system.

Dahl and Johansson completed their thesis project at Syntronic’s Gothenburg office last year, as final year students at the department of space, earth, and environment at Chalmer’s University of Technology. They were nominated to the scholarship by their mentor and selected as winners by experts at the RNN. “It feels great to have our work recognised by the RNN, which is an internationally renowned organization within radio navigation,” Gustaf Dahl comments.

             

Gustaf Dahl, left, and Ludvig Johansson, right.

Quality and progressiveness

The RNN is a collaboration between government authorities and other stakeholders that play an active role in navigational matters, as users or suppliers of navigation and positioning services. Each year, the board selects an academic project that is particularly interesting from a radio navigation perspective. Quality and progressiveness are the main assessment criteria.

Dahl’s and Johansson’s Master thesis entitled Impact of Hardware Components on the Precision of a UWB Positioning System stood out for its quality and originality. “The scholarship confirms that the thesis project at Syntronic was of excellent quality and that UWB positioning systems are an interesting field with great potential,” says Gustaf Dahl.

Interesting findings

In their project, Dahl and Johansson attempted to isolate the influence that antennas- and oscillators have on the positioning precision by designing and manufacturing an UWB positioning evaluation system.

The thesis writers modified their system to evaluate how its performance was affected by the use of different antennas and oscillators, over the course of the project. They were able to identify an interesting trend: the band-reject properties and increased frequency stability had a positive impact on precision.

According to Dahl, UWB positioning systems have promising potential and should be subjected to further research. “It is an interesting field with many different areas of application,” he says. “UWB positioning systems can be used to construct more reliable driverless vehicles. Another possibility is to combine them with GPS systems, to make it easier for drivers to localize themselves in challenging environments where they risk losing their GPS connections easily, like in urban environments with tall buildings,” he adds.

UWB position systems remain an area of interest at Syntronic’s Gothenburg office. “It was a rewarding experience to write a thesis at a company with experienced engineers interested in the same solution. At Syntronic in Gothenburg, some interesting projects in which virtual recognition technology was combined with positioning technology to create so-called ‘sensor fusions’ have been carried out. By using these sensor fusions, it is possible to improve self-driven vehicles by expanding their ability to determine their position accurately,” Dahl explains.

Support from Syntronic in Gothenburg

The idea to produce a thesis focused on UWB positioning system was born at Chalmer’s University of Technology, where progressive areas of development form part of the syllabus. When Dahl read a thesis proposal on UWB positioning systems published on Syntronic’s website, it struck him as the perfect match. “It was a great opportunity to add an element of reality to our thesis project. When you write your thesis outside of the academic settings, with a company like Syntronic which is committed to develop new solutions, you get the chance to explore how your knowledge and findings can be used in practice,” he says. “Syntronic provided guidance, but at the same time, we were free to develop the project according to our own interests and visions,” Dahl adds.

The next step

In March, Dahl and Johansson presented their thesis a second time at a digital seminar organized by the RNN. The purpose was to give stakeholders in the field of radio navigation, such as the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), government authorities, and private sector representatives the opportunity to discover the findings. Approximately 60 people participated in the seminar.

Dahl, who joined Syntronic Gothenburg as an RF engineer in October 2020 after having graduated from Chalmer’s University of Technology, continues to explore his interest in UWB positioning systems – in a different role. “A new Master thesis related to UWB positioning systems is being produced by two students here at Syntronic Gothenburg at the moment. I follow their work attentively and look forward to the end result!” he concludes.

Syntronic is a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production and aftermarket services. Among our customers and partners are some of the world’s most technology intensive businesses and organizations in sectors such as telecom, automotive, defence, industrial and medtech.

Syntronic signs agreement with leading automotive company

Syntronic has signed a contract with a leading player in the automotive industry in China. In the context of the new partnership, experts at the automotive company’s engineering department will work in close collaboration with Syntronic on R&D projects.

Both parties are looking forward to a long-term cooperation. Syntronic and its new partner will conduct projects aiming to develop better, stronger, and more efficient production management systems, as well as projects related to subdivisions in the automotive industry.

Moreover, Syntronic will assist the company in developing and improving its manufacturing execution management system (MES), enterprise resource system (ERP), product life cycle management system (PLM) and laboratory information management system (LIMS).

The company that has selected Syntronic as its new partner offers advanced automotive product tests and cutting-edge technical solutions. It is renowned in the automotive industry for the high quality of its services. The company is also widely recognized as an innovative pioneer with a progressive approach to research.

Automotive expertise at Syntronic worldwide

Worldwide, Syntronic has high-level expertise in core automotive areas such as automation, electrification, and connectivity. Syntronic has extensive experience of projects involving power electronics and RF design, which serve as the foundation of modern technology solutions such as 5G communication and electrical cars.

Furthermore, Syntronic’s teams in strategically selected offices across the world have advanced expertise within signal processing, data science and embedded systems, which are valuable skills in the automotive industry.

A promising industry

The automotive industry continues to show promising growth in the Chinese market. According to the China Automobile Association’s predictions, vehicle sales will increase by at least 4 % in 2021, which means that more than 26 million units will be sold.

Syntronic is a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production and aftermarket services. Among our customers and partners are some of the world’s most technology intensive businesses and organizations in sectors such as telecom, automotive, defence, industrial and medtech.

Syntronic China signs technical agreement with world leading MedTech firm

Syntronic China has signed a technical cooperation agreement with a world-renowned medical device manufacturer. The innovative MedTech company specialises in developing efficient radiotherapy equipment for cancer treatment.

Modern radiotherapy is one of the most successful cancer treatment methods. Although the field is developing at a promising pace, researchers still face numerous challenges, such as difficulties related to radiotherapy data management and bottlenecks in the application of image-guided technology. AI solutions are expected to have a positive impact on projects aiming to develop more efficient equipment.

Thanks to innovative AI solutions, such as the ones that are being developed by Syntronic’s partner, it is highly possible that advanced radiotherapy treatment will have the capacity to save more lives in the future. Researchers predict that by 2035, an additional one million lives will be saved each year through advanced radiotherapy.

Syntronic’s contribution

By combining traditional radiotherapy technology with digital technology and AI solutions, Syntronic’s partner develops new and more efficient equipment. Syntronic has contributed to this important cause by providing the MedTech firm with an updated and customized FPGA control circuit board.

The updated control circuit board has a high-efficiency motor drive function, logic control, and counting operation functions. It is flexible, reliable, and highly suitable for application scenarios.

The updated control circuit board can be used to solve problems that commonly occur in the complex systems that advanced radiotherapy equipment is based on. It is a solution with a short development cycle and high parallel computing efficiency, which results in a wide application range.

Syntronic is looking forward to the collaboration with our world leading customer in the MedTech sector.

Syntronic is a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production and aftermarket services. Among our customers and partners are some of the world’s most technology intensive businesses and organizations in sectors such as telecom, automotive, defence, industrial and medtech.

Increased specialization at Syntronic in Sandviken: Ready to become top-modern mechanics hub

Syntronic’s production site in Sandviken is entering a new development phase. The plan is for the site to become a specialized hub for mechanical assembly and mechanical construction. “This is a fresh start for our Sandviken site!” says Anders Wejåker, Manager of Mechanical Engineering at Syntronic in Sandviken. “We have a lot of experience in mechanical assembly and mechanical design in Sandviken already but since they will be our prioritized areas of expertise, we will grow and develop even further within those specific segments,” he comments.

The specialization in Sandviken is likely to have a positive impact on Syntronic’s overall growth journey. “Our aim is to be able to handle all Syntronic’s mechanical assembly operations in Sweden. That means that teams with other areas of expertise will be able to focus whole-heartedly on their core activities and entrust the Sandviken site with their mechanical assembly needs,” Anders Wejåker comments. “The new approach will put us in a position to assist colleagues at other locations with their projects,” he adds.

In addition to the increased focus on assembly, the Sandviken site is in the process of strengthening its high-level mechanical design team. “The plan is for us to become the core of Syntronic’s mechanical design segment. In order to achieve that, we need to employ more specialists,” Anders Wejåker explains.

As a result of the specialization, the team in Sandviken will be able to improve the efficiency of projects conducted at other Syntronic sites in Sweden, but the team will also be in a position to handle an increasing number of projects conducted entirely in Sandviken. “Our on-going specialization has already strengthened our market reputation as a reliable mechanics partner,” says Anders Wejåker. “The Sandviken site is growing, both in terms of size and assignments, which is a positive and promising development for us.”

Greater efficiency

Another novelty at the Sandviken site is that the mechanical workshop has entered a growth phase. The workshop will be able to handle a greater number of manufacturing projects. “We are getting ready to intensify our manufacturing operations,” Anders Wejåker comments. “The advantage of in-house manufacturing is that it increases our flexibility. It puts us in a position where we can modify components during the manufacturing process in accordance with the customer’s needs, which will result in greater efficiency and shorter delivery times,” he adds.

Syntronic’s specialization strategy in Sandviken will create new job opportunities in the region – both in the short run and long-term. “We are looking forward to increase the size of our team and attract competent and highly-skilled people to our site,” Anders Wejåker comments. He adds that new job opportunities will open up both on the assembly side and in the mechanical workshop.

High standards

As a result of the increased specialization, the site in Sandviken will henceforth mainly focus on advanced mechanics and mixed volumes. The increased specialization is associated with several benefits. “Specialization will allow us to operate more efficiently, in a less time-consuming way. It is also an excellent strategy for ensuring that the quality of our products and solutions continue to increase,” Anders Wejåker explains.

In addition to the long-term plans of expanding the team, Syntronic will make logistic improvements to optimize the Sandviken site’s ability to handle an increased number of projects. For instance, the company plans to invest in new test equipment at the site.

Anders Wejåker is looking forward to entering a new phase together with his colleagues in Sandviken. “Everything that we have achieved in Sandviken so far was possible thanks to the very competent and dedicated people who form part of our team here. We look forward to keep growing together,” he concludes.

Syntronic is a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production and aftermarket services. Among our customers and partners are some of the world’s most technology intensive businesses and organizations in sectors such as telecom, automotive, defence, industrial and medtech.

Syntronic reinforces its presence in Eastern China, relocates to new location in Nanjing

Syntronic China’s Nanjing branch has relocated to new state-of-the-art premises equipped with a high-end lab. The relocation forms part of Syntronic’s strategy to reinforce its presence, strengthen its offer, and continue to build long-term relationships with key customers in Eastern China.

The new R&D premises in Nanjing were officially inaugurated at a corporate ceremony last week. “The relocation of the Nanjing office is in line with Syntronic China’s rapid business development in Eastern China. I am very happy to witness this important moment,” Björn Jansson, CEO of Syntronic Group, commented.

Strategically important hub

The strategic relocation is expected to have a positive impact on Syntronic’s Nanjing-based R&D team’s operations. Syntronic’s Nanjing branch, which was officially inaugurated in 2019, is the company’s fourth branch in China. Nanjing is a strategically important location from a business perspective since the city is renowned as an essential economic and cultural hub.

Syntronic has long-term plans for continuous growth in the Yangtze River Delta region in Eastern China, where major cities such as Nanjing, Shanghai and Hangzhou are located. As a part of the on-going expansion strategy, the company opened a fifth Chinese branch in Shanghai this week. The Shanghai branch will work in close collaboration with the R&D team in Nanjing.

Further expansion

Zinser Zhao, General Manager of Syntronic Asia, is optimistic about the future. “In the two years that the Nanjing Branch has been operational, we have adhered to the customer-centered idea, continuously gathered high-end talents, reinforced the research and development segment, and focused on strengthening our team,” he said at the ceremony. “We now look forward to further growth in multiple cities, where we will continue to deliver high quality solutions to our customers,” he added.

Zhou Xanjun, Regional Manager of Syntronic East China, is convinced that Syntronic will continue to develop in the region and that the office relocation is a positive step in the right direction. “Today is a memorable day for our Nanjing branch. I believe that everyone present have the confidence and strength required to create better value together with the company,” he commented at the ceremony.

Representatives of Syntronic key customers in Eastern China have already expressed a willingness to continue to strengthen and intensify their business relations with the company.

Covid-19 update

The Covid-19 situation in China has improved considerably in 2021. Since February, no locally transmitted cases have been detected in the country. According to the World Health Organization, more than 52 million vaccine doses have been administered in China so far. Strict quarantine and mass testing regulations are in place for international visitors.

Syntronic is a leading design house specializing in advanced product and systems development, production and aftermarket services. Among our customers and partners are some of the world’s most technology intensive businesses and organizations in sectors such as telecom, automotive, defence, industrial and medtech.