Fleckner + Simon UPDATE

Interview to Pegasus Project

PegasusTo test automotive vehicles millions of kilometers were driven and they are far from sufficient to guarantee the safety of these systems. To develop a feasible and affordable alternative for verification and validation of autonomous systems the Federal Ministry for Economy Affairs and Energy conducted the Pegasus project.

The results of the project and what this means for the development of level 3 systems explains Josef Horstkötter, Dipl.Ing., owner and managing director of F+S Fleckner and Simon Informationstechnik GmbH in an interview.

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

KI Deep LearningArtificial Intelligence (AI) is also being used ever more extensively in today’s motor vehicles, whether for image analysis and radar plotting or for speech and text recognition. Autonomous driving without AI is simply inconceivable.

What is easy for humans, namely to learn from experience, is very difficult for computers. A wide-spread approach to AI systems is Deep Learning, in which artificial neuronal networks with numerous so-called hidden layers are implemented between the input and output layer.

We have examined this method intensively, and our employees have attended in-depth advanced training on the subjects of AI and Deep Learning.

In addition to the theoretical principles of the various neuronal networks, our employees have developed networks and models themselves on the basis of analyses of natural language and have derived automatic statistical models from existing databases.

We now have the expertise to support our customers with assistance systems and autonomous driving.

New version of Mechanical SPICE

In January 2020 a new version of SPICE for Mechanical Engineering was published by intacsTM. The Process Assessment Model SPICE for Mechanical Engineering is now available in version 1.6.

The changes from V1.5 are:

  • References to ISO/TS 16949 replaced by IATF 16949
  • German parts of Annex E translated to English
  • Some minor formal inconsistencies and typos corrected
  • “Proposal” in title removed

For more details see document revision “1.6 with Annotations”.

André Zeh, Managing Director of F+S Fleckner und Simon Informationstechnik GmbH and member of the intacsTM advisory board, is a founding member of the intacsTM Working Group „SPICE for Mechanical Development“. From the beginning he made a massive contribution to setup the Process Assessment Model SPICE for Mechanical Engineering.

20th company anniversary

At the end of 2019, F+S GmbH celebrated its 20th anniversary as part of the Christmas party.

All employees with spouses or life partners, as well as shareholders and retirees were invited to the "Little Kitchen" event location in Limburg, which was decorated for Christmas.

In a pointed speech, Managing Director Josef Horstkötter took the guests on a journey through the past two decades of company development. With his eyes firmly on the 25th anniversary, he also made his first, statistically based, but nonetheless not very serious, forecasts of the expected business development over the next few years.

The two company founders and namesake Dr. Joachim Fleckner and Thomas Rainer Simon spoke as well. They thanked the employees and remembered of the company's founding days. They also illustrated the increasing importance of the fields of activity of F+S GmbH.

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The evening was accompanied musically by "cannibale vocale". The nationally known choir from the Westerwald presented a bizarre vocal repertoire with many surprises, which was received with joy and enthusiasm.

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The evening was rounded off by a Christmas buffet and interesting discussions among colleagues.

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F+S illuminated Limburg

Dom LichtfestivalWith great success, the Limburg Light Festival took place on November 29th and 30th, 2019.

Under the title "Limburg lights up", larger areas of the old town were provided with Christmas illuminations. The highlight of the festival was the lighting of the cathedral. Many colorful lights danced across the historic building and turned into rays and colorful motifs. Music and a Christmas audio story complemented the lighting installations.

Additional audio stories awaited visitors at the historic town hall and on the “Plötze”. They told events about historical life in Limburg.

The light festival was made possible by local sponsors. As an attractive employer, F + S GmbH financially supported the festival. As a “thank you” we were able to enjoy the projection of our F + S logo on the beautiful cathedral portal.

At the end of this year, we now wish all our customers and employees a peaceful Christmas season and a successful start to the New Year 2020!