Companies that are looking to improve the speed of their development process are typically coming to us because they are:
Creative Mechanisms Solutions
Tony's company provided us with creative solutions to design problems on several new products. He and his team worked collaboratively with our team, designing, iterating, and prototyping to deliver on time, and on budget, the contracted work. Tony has a deep understanding of injection molded tooling and works to ensure the designs can be made successfully. Our company has worked with many design houses. Tony and his team equal any of these in terms of knowledge, speed and creative results.
Many customers come to us with accelerated project deadlines as well as an overall desire for help in shortening the time it takes to develop a product in general. Speed is critical in product development. Every hour removed from a project helps both shorten the lead time and lower the development cost. Of the many ways to facilitate speed in the development process, my experience shows that physical layout of the product development shop as one of the most productive. A facility’s layout can either hinder or help the team’s speed. Read more about our structure for collaboration here.
We approach most projects in a similar manner. This process is designed for both speed and innovation through collaboration. Everyone touts collaboration as a key to success; however, it’s how we collaborate that accelerates development timelines and yields greater innovation. Following is a standard brainstorming-through-prototyping process:
Since every project is different, the time needed to complete each project differs as well. Although we have worked on and off some projects for years, most take a few months. Some take only a few weeks. Here is a typical timeline for a project:
Many companies in the product development business try to be all things to all people by offering a broad range of services: they generalize. We have chosen to narrow our focus: we specialize. We are mechanism experts. We define a mechanism as anything with a moving part. It can be as simple as a living hinge or as complex as a robot. We also help companies take their product development to the next level in three main areas. We work with companies trying to speed up their product development process either to get product to market faster or get more products developed per year. We help companies increase their innovation by developing more innovative product concepts and mechanisms or by innovative engineering that improves the user experience or lowers cost. Lastly, we help companies improve their product turnover to manufacturing by providing better engineering for manufacturing. Our focus in these areas allows us to specialize in next level product development.