Putting Some SPICE Into Mechatronics

January 12, 2021


SPICE stands for "Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination". Even if software development was the main driver of the initiative at that time, the "S" in SPICE is nowadays used for the entire system development. Automotive SPICE is a domain-specific adaptation of the International Standard ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE). The purpose of Automotive SPICE is the assessment of process capability. The ASPICE Process Assessment Model can be found here, it is a framework and the material can be downloaded. We have different types of SPICE that could be the requirements from OEMs in the future.

  • Automotive SPICE 
  • Test SPICE
  • Hardware SPICE
  • Agile SPICE
  • Mechanical SPICE

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OEMs can use the ASPICE framework to assess the process quality capability of their suppliers during supplier selection. It is mainly used to evaluate the development processes utilized by automotive suppliers of control units and software in the vehicle. For Kautex, this means that as we develop a control unit and software for Rhapsody, we must follow the ASPICE framework. The ASPICE framework is built around the V-model demonstrated below. Some OEMs require different levels of ASPICE for both awarding business and PPAP before SOP, so it is therefore important to fully understand and implement in our development.


There are five levels of ASPICE and explained in the graphic, ranging from L0 to L5.

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For further info on ASPICE and Kautex's safety system, contact us today. 

About Kautex

At Kautex, we are driving the future. As a Tier One automotive supplier with more than 30 plants in 13 countries, Kautex designs, develops and manufactures traditional and hybrid fuel systems, advanced cleaning solutions for assisted and autonomous driving, engine camshafts and plastic industrial packaging solutions. A pioneer in the design and manufacture of automotive plastic fuel systems, Kautex is expanding its portfolio to offer smart products and data-driven services to our customers, including thermoplastic composite and composite-metal hybrid battery systems. From a lightweight battery system to a hybrid fuel system to autonomous drive vehicle cleaning systems, Kautex is committed to pioneering solutions for the era of new mobility.

Our employees are part of a global community committed to solving customer needs, leveraging diverse skillsets, making sustainability a differentiator, embracing the diversity that is part of a global, multi-industry leader and creating an environment where employees can build a dynamic career. Together, we are reimagining the future of mobility.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit: www.textron.com

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