What is a Production Prototype?

If you are reading this post, you probably understand the basics of prototyping early in the product development lifecycle. In past posts on prototyping, we have discussed the Proof-of-Concept Prototype and the Design Prototype (also referred to as the Form/Fit/Function Prototype) as the first two phases of prototypes in world-class product development. Let’s define these two prototypes again as a refresher: Proof-of-Concept...

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Apt Innovations in BBC News Article

Leardon Solutions client Apt Innovations from Northern Ireland is portrayed in the BBC News article Cold winter inspires NI man’s pipe business. Leardon Solutions designed, engineered, prototyped, and qualified the Floe winterizing product for Apt Innovations and currently manufactures components for the...

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Success Factors of a Product Inventor

There are many inventors in this world but unfortunately many of their inventions never see the light of day. Why is this? There must be some factors that determine if the inventor will create a successful company from the product idea or if the inventor will fail. Leardon Solutions worked with Randy Hupp from EcoLeeser from the early days of his invention of a product that helps increase the chances of survival for released rockfish...

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Alexis McCollom talks about developing the EquiStix product

Alexis McCollom, owner of Equus Athletics a woman-owned company in North San Diego County, discussed the process of developing the innovative EquiStix product with Debra Simpson on the North San Diego County Business radio show. Equus Athletics creates innovative products for both the horse and the rider. The EquiStix is a cost-effective deep-tissue massage tool for horses that allows owners to perform warmup and recovery massage and...

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Creating and Maintaining Successful Supplier Relationships: Part 3

In the last article on supplier management entitled Creating and Maintaining Successful Supplier Relationships: Part 2, it was shown that each of the Five Vital Characteristics of a Successful Supplier Relationship has a direct impact on the supplier commitment and capability. This article also described how the supplier manager should focus her efforts on implementing the improvement techniques for each characteristic, hence...

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