The role of systems engineering in the development of the ZEISS thermal imaging camera and why it is also glue that holds project together.
The second part of ZEISS’ series of articles on the development of the ZEISS DTI 3 thermal imaging camera looks at system engineering. In this context, the product development process can be roughly divided into three stages: the design or pre-development stage, the main development stage, and the post-development stage. We are taking a look behind the scenes at the people behind the individual departments who are involved in the process of developing the ZEISS DTI 3.
In this interview, Christoph Stark (system engineer and technology expert thermal imaging) and Florian Grimminger (system engineer for optics) explain the different stages of the process in system engineering and elaborate on what it means to be involved in the development of a product from an engineering perspective.
Christoph: “Roughly speaking, a system engineer ensures that a product has the desired technical features. This process can essentially be divided into three stages. First, there’s the design stage, otherwise known as pre-development. In this phase, category management has already done the groundwork, carried out the relevant research, and identified key consumer requirements. System engineering’s job is now to determine from a technical perspective whether these needs can be implemented technically during product development.