Better, Faster, Cheaper and Now Smaller?
Jun09

Better, Faster, Cheaper and Now Smaller?

Better, Faster, Cheaper and Now Smaller?      Think better, faster, cheaper and now smaller! For last few decades, the practice of making devices smaller was left up to the giants of innovation like Intel and Apple. Often it took hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars and enormous resources to engineer products into smaller packages while adding functionality. However, as industries have evolved, innovations have allowed for...

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Why Choose A World Class Manufacturing Partner Early

Reasons to choose a world class manufacturing partner early. You’re the design engineer / inventor/ team and you have this great innovative product, you’ve cogged together 10 units, spent a ton of hours and money on getting them built and running and and countless more hours keeping them running. The good news, you’ve got your funding and the OK to move forward, the challenge, taking this design from the “fragile-works-mostly-with-a...

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What Your Prototype Says About You

Designing and fabricating prototypes during the product development life cycle is a critical part of the product learning process. Successful prototypes will prove that the product idea is feasible, will help qualify the engineering design, and are needed to receive customer feedback prior to producing higher production volumes. The interesting thing about a prototype is that it is an extension of you, your company, and the values of...

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Maintain A Strong Relationship With The Supplier: Tip #4:

Tip #4: Maintain a Strong Relationship with The Supplier There is a lot of articles written about the importance of the supplier in new product development and innovation. Most of these articles focus on topics such as supply chain management, supply management, supplier relationship management (SRM), and quality control. While these topics cover important issues such as product quality and continuous improvement plans, there is a...

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How to Avoid Feature Creep and Scope Creep: Tip #3

Tip #3: How to Avoid Feature Creep and Scope Creep During Product Development Lifecycle Scope Creep. Feature Creep. Creeping Featurism. Featuritis. Project Creep. These are all terms used to describe the state in a project where the scope or features of the product continually change as the project progresses. Many of the articles written regarding scope/feature creep discuss software feature creep or methods of managing creep. Of...

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Do not Ignore the Balloon Effect: Tip #2

Tip #2: Do Not Ignore The Balloon Effect An analogy that best describes the constraints of the product development process is one of a balloon. If a balloon is pressed or squeezed in one place, the fixed volume of air is just displaced and the balloon deforms. Here is how this analogy relates to product development. A program manager or engineer might attempt to squeeze cost or time out of the product development process only to find...

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