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Local manufacturers often have greater supply chain stability, higher quality assurance, less waste, fair working conditions, and adherence to strict safety standards. So, before you look for an offshore manufacturer, see what options you have in the Seattle area first. This guide will help you locate local manufacturers and make an informed decision on who to partner with on your next project.
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New Product Introduction (NPI) is the process of establishing a clear plan to take your product from concept to its final form. The steps involved in this process vary from project to project, but the end goals are the same: reduce waste, avoid miscommunication, speed up production, and save money. To have a successful project, you need to have an appropriate NPI plan and work with engineers or contract manufacturers that are well-versed in NPI. Here’s how you can use
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Often, the two terms – along with production—are used as though they are synonyms. It’s not entirely wrong to do that, as they are very similar processes. However, creators may be surprised to find that a company that offers to manufacture a product is not capable of providing fabrication. Today’s supply chain is very segmented, so it’s not unusual for one company to handle processing raw materials while another uses the parts to make products.
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In most cases, a creator is going to have to work with a partner, or several partners, to make their way through the stages involved in taking a product to market. Otherwise, it would be far too costly and complicated to make their idea a reality. Here are the five standard steps most product development timelines will follow.
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The benefits of lean product development are extensive, making this a go-to method for creation across all industries, from computer applications to mass manufacturing. Lean builds predictability into an often unpredictable process. Here are just a few ways that lean helps creators.
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Prototyping comes in many forms. In some cases, it's wise to use a rough model to show the concept works. In others, the design must be as close to the future product as possible to get stakeholders on board. Regardless of the needed fidelity, most prototypes will go through five distinct stages: defining, focusing on features, production, testing, and presenting.
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Now that you’ve come up with a concept for an exciting new product, it’s time to start thinking about how to find the right manufacturer for it. Although this seems fairly simple, it’s actually very common for product designers to get hung up on this step. When so many manufacturers seem capable and trustworthy, how do you know which manufacturer is right for you and your product concept?
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Manufacturing safety standards have always been a priority among top contract manufacturers, but it is an especially important topic following the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, not only do manufacturers have to consider the usual safety standards—such as protecting workers while they operate potentially hazardous equipment—but manufacturers also have to take steps to protect their workers from infectious diseases.
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Knowing precisely what product engineers do opens the door to collaboration between engineers and the businesses that hire them. You can work together with engineers to develop a product that is innovative and user-friendly. With this goal in mind, here’s everything you need to know about the relationship between product engineering vs. product development.
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Rapid product development (RPD) is a method of creation that allows inventors to prove their concept and bring items to market faster. It offers many advantages that bear consideration for those who may be starting with limited funds or a short timeline. With rapid product development, they can bring better products to the market and gain competitive advantages.
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