Cutting Time in Product Development: Four Areas Where Your Contract Manufacturer Can Help
Nowhere is the phrase “time is money” more accurate than in product development. A slow product development cycle can increase engineering costs, material costs and marketing costs. When design and manufacturing are outsourced, some original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) see design and manufacturing as distinctly different areas. The reality is that close collaboration among the customer’s design team and contract manufacturer can reduce time and minimize the potential for costly errors.
Design teams focus on product form, fit and function. However, that focus is often on the customer’s requirements for form, fit and function, rather than best manufacturing choices for delivering the desired form, fit and function. The result is often a more costly manufacturing process or a need for an additional design spin to eliminate constraints or quality issues that aren’t identified until the qualification production run.
The team at Burton Industries sees four areas where their expertise and analysis tools can improve the product development process:
- Design for manufacturability (DFM)
- Design for test (DFT) and identification of optimum test options
- Component selection
- Cost reduction.
For more information contact Burton Industries Inc.
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