Fleckner + Simon UPDATE

intacs SPICE for Mechanical Engineering V1.7 released

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At the beginning of December 2020 a new version of SPICE for mechanical engineering was published by intacs ™. The "Process Assessment Model SPICE for Mechanical Engineering" is now available in version 1.7.

The changes from V1.6 mainly include formal inconsistencies, which have been removed. The changes at a glance:

  • MCE.4 Output Work Product 13-04 is related with OUTCOME 6 (instead of OUTCOME 5)
  • MCE.4 Output Work Product 08-52 is also related with OUTCOME 6
  • MCE.5 BP7 references OUTCOME 6 (instead of OUTCOME 5)
  • MCE.5 Output Work Product 13-04 is related with OUTCOME 6 (instead of OUTCOME 5)
  • MCE.5 Output Work Product 08-52 is also related with OUTCOME 6
  • MCE.5 Output Work Product 13-50 is also related with OUTCOME 6
  • Term “mechanical” consequently used instead of “mechanic”
  • Name of intacs Working Group updated

For more details see document revision with Annotations.

André Zeh, managing director of F + S Fleckner and Simon Informationstechnik GmbH and member of the intacs ™ Advisory Board, is a founding member of the intacs ™ working group "SPICE for Mechanical Development" and has made a significant contribution to the development of the process model from the start.

Administrative Head of Limburg-Weilburg District visits F+S

Limburg-Weilburg district’s former administrative head was a guest at F+S back in 2013. In September 2020 the current administrative head of Limburg-Weilburg district Michael Köberle visited F+S and was received by the managing directors Josef Horstkötter and André Zeh. He was accompanied by Mr. Gerharz, the economic development organization’s (WfG) chairperson, and the district's press spokesman, Mr. Kieserg.

The company, its development and its range of activities were presented by Mr. Horstkötter. In the discussion that followed, the district’s administrative head obtained information about technical issues such as electromobility and autonomous driving. He also gathered information about the difficult recruitment of employees in the region and the future prospects of the company. During a short tour of the F + S company premises, he was also introduced to automobile control units and the work involved. You can find a detailed report on the district's homepage.

Landrat Besuch FS 2020Image: Managing Director André Zeh, District Administrator Michael Köberle, Managing Director Josef Horstkötter and WfG Managing Director Walter Gerharz (from left) in the F + S premises.

Successful recertification according to ISO 9001:2015

9001 ger tc pIt has become a good tradition: F + S GmbH has been certified according to the latest edition of ISO 9001 for more than 19 years. A recertification took place in September 2020, in good F + S habit "without deviations". This has once again shown: Quality is a top priority at F + S.


Farewell to retirement

Interview Joachim Fleckner 2As part of a small ceremony, company founder Dr. Joachim Fleckner retired at the age of 69 at the end of July this year. After more than 20 years of active work at F + S GmbH, Dr. Fleckner continues to be closely associated with the company as a partner.

In line with the company's philosophy, he had already put the management in younger hands in 2011 at the age of 60. Since then he has worked on a project basis for a small group of customers and has coached the young colleagues with his enormous specialist knowledge.

The Frankfurter Neue Presse took the change as an opportunity and published an article. We lose a highly valued employee who has always enriched our everyday work with his friendly nature and constructive way of working. We wish him all the best for his well-deserved retirement!

Interview to Whitepaper SaFAD

Autonomous systems are a major challenge for the automotive industry. In addition to the required functions (most of them have already been implemented), it is important to ensure the security of the systems under all (un-)conceivable circumstances. Vehicle manufacturers and suppliers have carried out a study on the design of future levels 3 and 4 and published the results in the White Paper Safety First for Automated Driving (SaFAD).

In an interview, graduate computer scientist Marc Ruppert, a long-time employee and consultant at F + S Fleckner and Simon Informationstechnik GmbH, explains what knowledge the study has gained and what additional requirements for system development have been defined for levels 3 and 4.

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