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Bluewater and Tait in R&D partnership

Bluewater and Tait in R&D partnership

Agreement sees companies sharing knowledge and R&D skills

New Zealand electronics design house Bluewater Systems and Tait Radio Communications have signed a partnership deal to share specialist skills and resources in R&D. “This partnership with Bluewater Systems is a two-way street,” says Steve Kingston Tait’s group development manager. “It’s about working with partners to give both parties more flexibility, especially at peaks in the research and development cycle. For example, Bluewater can supply Tait with additional capacity in circuit board design and Tait can provide Bluewater with expertise in areas such as radio frequency (RF) design and compliance testing and certification.”

According to Shayne Crimp, director of Bluewater Systems, “to deliver the diverse and exacting solutions we develop for our customers we occasionally need access to specialist resources that we don’t have in-house. This is where the partnership with Tait is extremely beneficial.”

“For example, we are developing a new video encoding and decoding platform that can be used in high definition video cameras. It is a large and high value project that demands robust design and thorough testing to ensure the product will withstand the most rugged conditions. Through our partnership with Tait we now have local access to their advanced mechanical and testing laboratories and skilled staff. This will provide considerable savings in time and convenience, which in turn will enable cost efficiencies and faster product delivery for our customers.”

Crimp further adds that Bluewater is using Tait’s laboratory to help test the upgrade of the Extronic’s iCAM501 digital stills camera, which Bluewater helped develop last year. “The camera is being used in hazardous areas worldwide such as chemical and pharmaceutical plants, oil and gas production platforms, emergency services and more.” he says.

“The Canterbury region of New Zealand has a thriving ‘eco-system’ of electronics and technology companies. This is a great advantage to Tait because, as we focus our efforts on understanding what total solutions our customers need, we can partner with other specialist companies to deliver the complete solution,” says Kingston.

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