Electronic Product Design
New Electronic product development requires that an organized set of phases be followed by the marketing, engineering, and manufacturing teams to avoid pricey mistakes. Industry experience has demonstrated that it may cost 3 to 10 times more to correct oversights, which should have been accomplished in a preceding phase. A summary of the primary phases, which have come to be generally accepted as an efficient development process, follows:
When designing any Electronic product, the first step is to identify the need the product will fill, and identify the market it will be sold into. In this step, Initial product definition is done. This phase also highlights major work tasks to be done. Take this phase very serious in Electronic product design.
Concept and Feasibility Study
A product is broadly defined based upon a perceived market need. Marketing and Engineering jointly determine market, technical and regulatory feasibility. Intense government regulations in most industries determine an Electronic design as much as market requirements. Engineering may model high-risk subsystems to build needed technical confidence. They then issue a summary report of findings and facts and start to write the technical specification of the prospective product.
A project team is selected, a kick-off meeting is held and product specifications are further defined along with regulatory requirements. A prototype is designed and built to assure design bugs are corrected before commitment to tooling. Usually one prototype may not be good enough to get the satisfactory point, so we may need to modify the prototype or try a second one. But the most challenging part of engineering and electronic design is here.
Production of Prototypes
This Phase requires a complete bill of material for manufacturing, build, and tooling for a small number of the product. The product team is expanded to include manufacturing personnel. The team creates a more detailed specification then designs, documents, tools and procures sufficient parts to manufacture and test a small evaluation build, which we usually call it per-pilot run. These Designed prototypes may be used for regulatory testing, marketing shows, investor meetings and any other demonstrations.
The first fully controlled and documented products are made for initial sales during this phase. This is a vital phase for cooperation between engineering and the manufacturing company personnel. Typically 20 to 100 products are made with responsibility gradually shifting from engineering to full manufacturing operations as engineering completes and debugs both the product and its documentation. Test procedures and test engineering sets are needed to support manufacturing process.
Following the pilot run there will likely be changes to the firmware, and possibly the circuit design, as the unit develops into a stable, final product. During this phase, manufacturing personnel largely handle the product's build and support. The documentation is placed under formal control and engineering provides sign-off and review of any needed changes until the product is technically stable.
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