How to Create a Seamless Transition from Design to Manufacturing
Timing is everything, especially when it comes to launching a new product. One of the most critical steps to getting your product on the market is the transition from design to manufacturing. For many businesses manufacturing is most likely not their core competency, this is why partnering with the right contract manufacturer is essential. But how do you do this seamlessly while saving time and money?
The first step is to choose the right contract-manufacturing partner. Find a manufacturer, who is going to become an extension of your team, has experience manufacturing similar products and can provide full product lifecycle support.
When you have decided on the right partner, get your manufacturer evolved as early as possible. Contract manufacturers can help provide valuable insight on manufacturability and even help make suggestions on materials that can decrease cost and benefit your overall design.
Once the design has been finalized, set up cross-functional teams. These teams should be composed of mechanical, electrical, software, systems, manufacturing, and quality engineers. Having the right people on your team will smooth the transition from design to manufacturing.
By combining their proven expertise and wide knowledge base it creates a rounded approach for manufacturing and regulatory compliance. During each phase of development, the team minimizes obstacles and adheres to ISO standards and FDA regulations, bringing your product to the market faster.
Finally when you are ready to begin manufacturing a prototype it is important to train the manufacturing team. Share as much knowledge as you have. CAD drawings that provide simple text and picture-based instructions provide greater assurance of quality and workmanship and faster time to market.
When it is time to begin production, create clear lines of communication. Keeping your manufacturer in the loop on everything from projected sales, to actual numbers can help you and them to better plan on purchasing materials and scheduling. This communication not only saves time and money, but also creates better teamwork and contributes to a more efficient manufacturing process.
Do you have a current need for a manufacturing partner? Contact A&D today!