PRODUCT DESIGN METHOD
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Phase A – PLANNING
Laying the foundation from which to design your product on. This Phase will see the development of the Project Charter documents. These documents carry the project forward and will be managed under revision controls as each Phase of the project is completed. In this Phase we capture all available technical, regulatory, user, service and marketing requirements. Inside the Charter documents will be an aesthetic brief outlining the design direction for the look and feel in the concept phase.
Phase B – CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
Using the information gathered in the Planning Phase we will begin exploring the look and feel of the Structures + Enclosures for the products design. We will present several options for the aesthetics of the cover set, component placement of the internal systems along with structures for support + mounting. Through a series of down-selecting design reviews, we will complete this stage of the project with a winning concept that can be passed to the detailing Phase. You will have 3D renderings of the winning design for marketing efforts.
Phase C – DETAILING + ALPHA BUILD
Time to make it real. We will take the approved concept from Phase B and detail the design for the appropriate prototyping and production technologies. During which we will be focusing on user interface, ergonomics, panel separations, assembly requirements, Ingress Protection (IP) ratings along with regulatory and quality considerations to name a few. Prototyping will be taking place throughout this Phase as required before a final functional prototype is produced for a detailed review and test of the product. The final prototype will be used to find any minor changes that the client would like to see before investing in production tooling.
Phase D – REFINEMENT + PRE-PRODUCTION
Minor refinements to the product design based on Alpha Build feedback. We will also make any specific production design changes for selected manufacturing technologies. Investment into production tooling with approved vendors. We will build a number of Pre-Production units for our clients from the first approved articles from the tooling. These Pre-Production units will likely be used for Verification and Validation with third party test houses, along with pre-sales to friendly sites.
Phase E – DMR TRANSFER
Device Master Record (DMR) transfer to a client approved Contract Manufacturer for serial production. We will facilitate the file transfer and review the production line, traveling to the contract manufacturing facility on behalf of our client to minimize any delays during the serial production set-up. Production time.