In this fast changing world of technology it is crucially important for new product development that products reach the market as quickly as possible in order to;
- maximise market penetration and thus profitability
- offset the impact of competition
- produce clear brand identity
To achieve this it is essential that there is a seamless path from design all the way through to distribution. The manufacturing stage is a critical part of this process as this has the potential to be a major obstacle to mass market availability.
Able Contract Electronics was invited to be part of the client’s new development of an electronic medical device aimed at preventing deep vein thrombosis on long haul flights.
Whilst the client had full control of design for functionality Able were in a position to offer professional advice on design for manufacture (DFM). This advice included;
- best layout of components to suit the manufacturing process
- review of clients bill of materials to find most cost effective sourcing of components
- offer of advice on alternative components for best pricing
- best panel size for optimising mass production
- input in design for testing
In addition to this, Able also provided a review of design for manufacture to look at potential failure mode risk points in the manufacturing process and conducted a Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (DFMEA) review to look at lessons learned from prototypes help “mistake- proofing” (Poka Yoke) the assembly and testing process.
The result of this is that the client’s product was brought to market in a timely manner and successful market launch. The product has gone from strength to strength with product spin offs that have now been accepted as aiding recovery from sports injuries and is used by several premiership football clubs and a medical product that aids recovery from leg ulcers and oedema.
Able Contract Electronics now produces in excess of 30,000 electronic circuit assemblies per month for its client.