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Product Design – The Design-To-Cost Aspect

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When it comes to product development, most inventors fail to recognize or overlook the importance of the product design. While every phase of the new product development is important, product design phase is something that requires a little bit more consideration. After all, the outcome of the conceived product predominantly depends upon its product design. Product design also affects the manufacturing costs, and eventually the final price, of the product. For that reason, new product design is one very important stage that every inventor should heed to without fail.

New product design has many aspects, but in this blog, we will shed some light on Design-To-Cost aspect. Design-to-cost or DTC is a methodical approach to designing a product in such a way that the cost of product development and manufacturing is minimum. DTC has many components, but we will list only the main ones and explain how to deal with them during the new product design phase.

Materials

Overuse of material has three severe penalties – increase in material cost, increase in production cost, and increase in ecological footprint. Using the wrong type of material also has the same penalties. For that reason, one has to be very cautious with choosing and using the material. One also needs to be cautious with over-engineering – designing a product to be more complicated than necessary. Over-engineering leads to overuse of material. Smart product design, computer analysis, and performance tests help choose the right type of material and eliminate the overuse of material, minimizing the overall cost of manufacturing.

Manufacturability

Designing a product by adhering to the principle of “Design for Manufacturability” can drastically reduce the cost of the final product. Design for Manufacturability or DFM in simple terms is designing a product in such a way that it is easy to mass-manufacture. In order to design a product that is easy to manufacture, inventors should involve the manufacturer in the product design phase itself. A product manufacturer’s advice during the product design stage can save drastic design changes as well as money later on.

Labor

For certain products, usually the ones requiring manual assembly, testing, packaging, etc., the cost of labor can be a major overhead. Inventors should not overlook this labor cost. The number of laborers, as well as the labor-time, should be clearly defined and calculated during the product design phase, and the product design should focus to minimize both the number of laborers and labor time required.

Maintenance

Certain products demand regular maintenance, and it costs a lot. A product design company can reduce such a maintenance cost in two ways:

  1. Create a robust product design – the one that demands less maintenance.
  2. Create a maintenance-friendly product design – the one that is easier and faster to maintain.

Quantities

Production quantities have a drastic impact on both the production efficiency and cost. Designing a new product without considering the required quantities might adversely affect the production efficiency, and it also increases the costs. Estimating the product quantities beforehand during the initial research and product design stages can factor towards the reduced final cost of the new product.

Accessories

Most new products have some accessories, like packaging, components, spare parts, user manuals, and so on. All these accessories add costs to the final product’s cost. Inventors should not overlook these accessories and their costs. Some of these accessories directly complement the final product; hence, accessories should be the part of the main product design.

Logistics

If the new product is targeted for the global market, the product’s logistics costs can be significant. The new product’s size, dimension, weight, fragility, storage, and so on could increase the logistics costs. This logistics aspect needs to be considered during the product design phase so that a definitive design and the proper arrangements can be made beforehand.

New product development is challenging, and one of its stages, the new product design, requires considerable consideration. Numerous aspects are involved in new product design, and it is radically tough for inventors to tackle them all on their own. Fortunately for inventors, there are some new product design companies, like GID Development Corporation, that can help address all the product design challenges and assist in launching a new product into the market.

GID Development Corporation is one of the experienced and leading product design companies in California, USA. Utilizing advanced technologies, like Dassault Systèmes’ 3D EXPERIENCE Platform, which includes SIMULIA, SOLIDWORKS, CATIA V6, and other product design and engineering apps, and their in-depth knowledge accumulated over the years, the veterans at GID Development Corporation help inventors with definitive product designs for their conceived products.

Along with new product design, GID Development Corporation also provides a complete product development service, which includes product prototype development, product prototype testing, production tooling development, production setup, manufacturing setup, and everything in between and beyond. Whether it is product design and development of products with imbedded software, products with electronics, medical device products, electromechanical products, generic products, or special-purpose products, GID Development Corporation will definitely “GET IT DONE!”

To learn more about the leading product design company in California, GID Development Corporation, just visit http://www.gidcompany.com/.

GID Development Corporation is currently also offering a free telephonic conference to help answer various product design and development-related questions. Any inventor who is interested can just call Patrick McCarville, one of the veterans at GID, at 714.528.2482 between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST.

Steps in the New Product Development

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New product development may seem as simple as forming an idea for a revolutionary product, manufacturing it, and putting it on the market, bringing it to the customers. Well, the reality is that new product development is a complex process, which involves contributions from many skilled individuals. New products should not only be useful inventions that can be mass manufactured and sold for profit, but they should also be safe to use, protected by intellectual property rights, and more importantly, be easily marketable.

Here are some steps, explained by GID Development Corporation, a product development company in California, USA, which are involved in new product development.

Germinating Ideas

The primary stage of a product development is coming up with a fantastic idea for a new groundbreaking product. Oftentimes, new products are introduced in the market by first recognizing a specific need in the market and then developing a product to satisfy that need. Sometimes, revolutionary product ideas also occur just by chance or an unusual incidence that triggers the concept in the mind of the innovator.

Researching Plausibility of the Idea

The next stage of the product development is finding out the plausibility of the idea. In other words, the innovator needs to find out the degree of acceptability, usability and the value of the conceived new product. Knowing how well the potential customers will receive the new product is vital. It prevents a lot of time, money, resources and efforts on the development of products that are worthless to the potential customers.

Concept Development

Development, or rather, enhancement of a concept is the essence of new product development. It includes, but not limited to getting a grip on the basics, such as market research, material selection, material costs, product design costs, prototype development cost, overall manufacturing costs, potential profit, target regions, target customers, and so on.

Actual New Product Development

Actual new product development is the stage where the conceived idea and all the researched and concept development data are amalgamated and put into action. A product development company starts with the creation of new product design, using researched data. After the creation of a definitive product design, the company moves on to the development of prototypes. Then, the prototypes are tested, and changes are made until an idealized new product is realized.

Bulk Manufacturing

After realizing an ideal new product from the conceived idea, the product is bulk manufactured. Usually, it is affordable to outsource bulk manufacturing. If the budget is not the constraint, your own production facility can also be set up to bulk manufacture the new product.

Commercialization

The commercialization stage of new product development involves packaging, branding, logistics, warehousing, as well as rolling out the advertising and marketing campaigns. In short, commercialization is a stage of bringing new products to the market and to the potential customers.

New product development is a complex, time-consuming, and arduous process. An innovator cannot tackle the new product development process on their own. Luckily, product development companies, like GID Development Corporation, are established that can help innovators with the entire product development process.

GID Development Corporation is an American product development company based in California. Utilizing their vast experience and the most advanced technologies, like Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which includes product design and product development apps, such as CATIA V6, ENOVIA, 3DVIA, SOLIDWORKS, and more, the veterans at GID Development Corporation assist innovators in every stage of new product development. Whether it is the development of medical device products, mechanical products, electrical products, electromechanical products, products with imbedded software, or any other types of products, GID Development Corporation will always thrive.

To learn more about GID Development Corporation, visit http://www.gidcompany.com/.

GID Development Corporation is currently offering a free 15-minute telephonic consultation. Anyone who is interested should just call Mr. Patrick McCarville, one of the pros at GID, at 714.528.2482 between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST.

ElectroMechanical Products – Get It Done at The GID Development Corporation, USA

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Electromechanical product development is not a difficult process but, yes, a bit more complex than ordinary product development processes. It includes the same of sets of manufacturing stages including, conceptualization, designing, prototyping and bulk manufacturing. But, what are exactly electromechanical products?

Electromechanical products can be defined as products with both electrical and mechanical parts. The whole process of electromechanical product development remains the same as the routine product development, the only difference is, realizing and manufacturing of these products necessitates supplementary mechanical and electrical engineering. The process of integrating electrical engineering and mechanical engineering in a product may sound simple, but in fact, it’s a complicated process demanding 100% precision.

The branch of electrical engineering is widespread with in-depth presence in almost every genre of product. It deals with the study and application of not only the electronics and electricity but electromagnetism, as well. While these are some misunderstood topics for a common inventor or a business person, the final products of electrical engineering are all the things that operate on some form of electricity, which we usually see in our surrounding daily activities. This may include products such as power grids to computers to light bulbs to smartphones to spacecraft to automobiles, everything that requires some sort of electricity to operate is a result of electrical engineering.

On the other hand, mechanical engineering is a branch of engineering that is multiple times broader than electrical engineering. This genre of engineering comprises the study and application of thermodynamics, electricity, mechanics, kinematics, material science and structural analysis to name a few. Unlike other branches of engineering, mechanical engineering is also quite difficult for a normal person to understand; however, the final products of mechanical engineering are machines and devices that we find in our surroundings. Most common products in our surroundings that utilizes one or other principles of mechanical engineering are toasters, door locks, automobiles wristwatches, elevators, aircrafts, etc.

In the 21st century, the demand of multipurpose and revolutionary electromechanical products is surpassing every expectation. These list of electro mechanical products involves every product that could make people’s life more comfortable and convenient. Innovators / entrepreneurs have the ideas for awe-inspiring electro mechanical products that could change the way we live and perform our day to day tasks, but conceptualizing and bring those ideas to life is bit complicated or impossible for most of them. Opportunely, there are product design and development companies that help these innovators / entrepreneurs live their dreams.

If you are an entrepreneur or innovator with an idea for electromechanical products, products with imbedded software, medical device products, products with electronics or something similar that can create a buzz in the market, the GID Development Corporation can help.

With more than four decades of industry experience and a significant track record of customer satisfaction, the GID Development Corporation is an American product design and manufacturing company led by industry veterans. Based in California, GID has the in-house teams of product designers, engineers, prototyping experts and project managers to bring ideas to life in the most lucrative manner. For the development of 100% precise product development at reduced cost and time, they utilize the latest technologies, like Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform that includes CATIA V6, ENOVIA, 3DVIA, SOLIDWORKS, 3DEXCITE, and more.

They have the team, technology and vehemence required to the development of revolutionary electromechanical products, products with electronics, medical device products, products with imbedded software, or anything else, GID Development Corporation will “Get It Done.”

Learn more about GID Development Corporation and how they can help you bring your ideas to life Call Patrick at 714.528.2482 between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST for a free consultation.

5 Important Steps for the Development of New Products with Electronics

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Development of products with electronics is as equally challenging as the development of generic, non-electronic products. New product development, whether electrical, mechanical, electromechanical, medical, or generic, is a tough task. Materializing a mere new product concept into reality involves several steps. For products with electronics, however, in addition to the standard product development steps, there are several more steps involved. Here in this blog, we shed some light on 5 important steps that entail the development of new products with electronics.

Step 1. Design the Circuit Schematic

Designing the circuit schematic for products with electronics usually involves early research so as to identify and select the ideal topology (circuit diagram) and most affordable, yet efficient components.

The step may also include running software simulations as well as bread boarding. Speaking of bread boarding, it is nothing but the creation of basic prototypes for products with electronics.

Designing the circuit schematic requires lots of thinking and considerable years of experience in the field of electronics engineering. In order to design the circuit schematic for new products with electronics, industry experts use some sort of computer software application. There are many such software applications available, but SOLIDWORKS, a part of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes, is the most versatile and popular.

Step 2. Develop the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) Layout

Utilizing the same software application as in Step 1., the experts now develop the PCB layout for the new product with electronics.

While some portion of the PCB layout may be auto-routed, the remaining portion would normally be routed manually. Usually, the PCB layout is very sensitive, for power components as well as RF components, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.

Once the final layout is ready, the software application will let the expert know, whether the PCB matches with its schematic. The software will also check wire lengths, wire widths, spacing, and so on, to ensure that the PCB layout meets all the guidelines for the specific PCB fabrication process being used.

Step 3. Create, Assess and Debug the Prototype

Based the circuit schematic and PCB layout, a prototype PCB of a new product with electronics is fabricated and assembled with all the right electronic components. With the prototype ready, it is thoroughly assessed, and if any issues or problems are found, it will be noted and rectified.

Most inventors expect to go everything right on the first try, but this is not possible. No product prototype, whether for generic, electronic, or mechanical product, is perfect or flawless on the first go. There are always some issues with the first prototype, which need to be rectified. Rectifying a prototype PCB is a difficult step because identifying the precise problem in the field of electronics is not something easy. Even after the precise identification of the problem, coming up with a right fix can take some time.

Step 4. Program the Microcontroller

Today, almost all products with electronics have some sort of microcontroller, a small computer in the form of a chip, which acts as the brain of the product.

These microcontrollers are programmable, and they are often programmed using “C” programming language. If the program needs to be fast and efficient, other high-level assembly languages may be used.

Often, the microcontroller is programmed by the expert who has designed the circuit; however, sometimes a specialist is brought to do the programming.

One a side note, because the products with electronics use a programmable microcontroller, they can also be called products with imbedded software.

Step 5. Looks and Ergonomics

This step is always handled by other professionals. An expert who is proficient in 3D modeling is needed to create the adequate looks and ergonomic (user-friendly, comfortable and functional) designs for the new products with electronics.

Creating the packaging, i.e. the outer body or casing, for the products with electronics is a challenging task. Electrical products are susceptible to various damages; thus, when designing and developing the packaging for the products with electronics, the experts need to consider the following factors:

  1. Protection from electrostatic discharge
  2. Protection from mechanical damage
  3. Protection from electromagnetic interference
  4. Protection from heat
  5. Ease of maintenance
  6. Cost

As mentioned before, the development of products with electronics is challenging. Therefore, it will be a great idea to hire an eminent product design and product development company that, along with the design and development of generic products, also specializes in the design and development of products with electronics.

If you happen to be an innovator and need help in the design and development of the new products with electronics, then GID Development Corporation is here to help. A leading product design and product development company in California, USA, GID Development Corporation specializes in the design and development of products with electronics, electromechanical products, medical device products, and other generic as well as special-purpose products. They use the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes, which assists them in designing and developing accurate product prototypes at reduced cost and time. No matter what the new product concept is, GID Development Corporation can “Get It Done.”

To learn more about GID Development Corporation, just visit http://www.gidcompany.com/.

Currently, GID Development Corporation is offering a free 15-minute telephonic consultation with one of the veterans, Patrick McCarville. You can call Patrick at 714.528.2482 between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST.

Outsourcing: The Best Approach to Introduce a New Product in the Market

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A couple of decades ago, entrepreneurs and small companies had to do everything themselves when they wanted to introduce a new product in the market. These days, as the technology advances and people demanding more and more revolutionary products, doing everything in-house may not prove to be possible, at least, economically.

Hiring the right resources, that is, product design experts, product development engineers, prototyping geniuses, marketing gurus, sales whizzes, etc., on a full-time basis, is incredibly expensive, especially for entrepreneurs and small companies. Fortunately, these days, there are several good American product design and product development companies established to whom these small companies and entrepreneurs can turn to when it comes to introducing new products in the market. Outsourcing most of the requirements is a prudent solution, allowing entrepreneurs to get the very best, and only pay the outsource partner when they need its assistance. Here are some of the functions that an entrepreneur can outsource:

Product Design & Product Development

Unless you are a skilled engineer, experienced with creating new products, you will certainly want to outsource the processes of product design and development of your potential product. Even if you are a good engineer, many projects need multiple engineers with multiple skill sets. For instance, any electromechanical product typically needs, at least, a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, and an industrial designer who can create a suitable casing or enclosure for the potential product. If your concept is for a product with imbedded software, you will definitely need a software engineer.

Further, if a certain portion of an electrical product, mechanical product, electromechanical product, medical device product, or any other product, is complex, you may need multiple engineers with different skill sets. Having such engineers on a permanent basis is expensive and not to forget impractical, as you will not need them on a frequent basis. For that reason, outsourcing product design and product development is the best approach.

Product Prototype Development

Product prototype development is another important function that you may definitely want to outsource. Similar to product design and product development, product prototype development is a difficult process, which requires experience, multiple skill sets, and adequate product prototyping software and equipment. Having full-time product prototyping experts with vast experience and multiple skill sets is again very expensive. Further, acquiring product prototyping software and equipment is also costly. For that reason, outsourcing product prototype development makes sense.

Bulk Manufacturing

Bulk manufacturing is one of those important functions that you should certainly consider outsourcing. Bulk manufacturing a new product means establishing a suitable-size facility, procuring expensive manufacturing equipment, setting up an assembly line, hiring different personnel, and so on. This involves a colossal investment, which may simply prove impractical or impossible for small companies and entrepreneurs. Outsourcing bulk manufacturing drastically reduces expenses as well as risks.

It will be in the best interest to outsource bulk manufacturing to a USA-based company that is capable of small production runs. Once things start to flow smoothly, you can turn to an Asian manufacturer in order to raise your profit margins.

Marketing

Marketing should be the least likely function to be outsourced. No one can do better marketing of your product than yourself. This function should be performed in-house. You can hire several marketing consultants who may perform some research and offer good marketing guidance. Having an in-house marketing team will also provide you a good control over your marketing efforts. Still, if you are a startup with limited capital, you can consider outsourcing the marketing to a specialized agency.

Sales

Similar to bulk manufacturing, this is another crucial function that you should definitely consider outsourcing. Sales representatives or manufacturers’ representatives are an important component in just about every industry. They typically work on a commission, so you do not have to pay them anything until they truly generate sales. It is really a prudent decision to outsource sales.

Outsourcing sales function not only saves money, but it also helps you establish and connect to the wide sales network channels. Selling a new product to distributors and wholesalers usually requires a strong connection, which you will certainly gain by outsourcing to sales representatives.

Well, these are certain functions that are worth outsourcing. There are some product design and product development companies in the USA that can carry out all the functions on your behalf. For instance, check out GID Development Corporation. A vastly experienced product design and product development company in California, USA, GID Development Corporation provides the complete A – Z services, from new product design to product fulfillment and everything in between. Whether you want to take a new medical device product, new electromechanical product or any other type of product to the market, GID Development Corporation will assist in every phase.

Learn more about GID Development Corporation by visiting http://www.gidcompany.com/.

Currently, the leading product design and development company in the US, GID Development Corporation is offering a free 15-minute telephonic consultation with one of the veterans, Patrick McCarville. You can call Patrick at 714.528.2482 between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST.