Fleckner + Simon UPDATE

New version of Mechanical SPICE

In January 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 1.6.

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 intacs™ advisory board, is a founding member of the intacs™ 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!

Interview on new ISO standard 21448

Almost 10 years after the publication of the ISO 26262 standard, this year the ISO 21448 "Road Vehicles - Safety of the Intended Functionality" (SOTIF) has been published. It now starts where the ISO 26262 reaches its limits, for example in the development of assistance systems. The effects of the standard on the development of Level 1 and Level 2 systems is explained by Dipl.-Ing. Josef Horstkötter, partner and managing director of F + S Fleckner and Simon Informationstechnik GmbH, in an interview.

Autonomous systems change development processes

Everyone is talking about autonomous driving. Even if there has been a decline in the euphoria (everyone can determine the current phase of the hype cycle for themselves) and it is becoming apparent that level 5 autonomous driving will take much longer than sometimes predicted, it remains an important issue for the future of the automotive industry.

The existing standards are not sufficient for ensuring safety in the development of modern assistance systems. That is why the standard “ISO 21448 Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF)” was published this year. The standard “ISO 21434 Road Vehicles - Cybersecurity Engineering” exists as a Committee Draft (CD) and is expected to be published this year as a Draft International Standard (DIS).

To meet the requirements for vehicles for highly automated driving (level 3) and fully automated driving (level 4), auto manufacturers and suppliers are conducting preliminary work and recommendations. These developments are being verified in pilot projects and can lead to supplements of existing standards and creation of new standards. Examples are the white paper “Safety First in Automated Driving (SaFAD)“ prepared under the auspices of Daimler or the Pegasus project, which is subsidized by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

F+S is intensely following the considerations, projects and efforts toward standardization. ISO 21434, which is currently in the making, provides important input for the development of “Cyber Security add-on for Automotive SPICE“, which is being created with the active involvement of F+S.

We are convinced that this will continue to affect the development processes for systems and software in the automotive sector. We are discussing the developments and tendencies both internally and with our partners, and are establishing the necessary knowledge base. We would like to share this with you by occasionally publishing information about the specific issues under “Added value”.

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