When is the best time to engage Device Solutions? Quality of design, choice of manufacturing partner(s), selection of components, testing/rework/yielding, and a number of other considerations are critical to the success of Pilot and Large Scale Production. As noted in previous articles, the earliest stages of the design cycle are the best times to weigh the relative benefits of component choices, layout and tolerances, kinds of manufacturing test, final assembly and QA to warrant boxing up and shipping products off the production line. The production stage and subsequent stages are where an inordinate amount of costs can be incurred if not planned, managed, and reviewed with extreme scrutiny. As with other choices along the product lifecycle, production choices have to be considered with regard to trade-off’s, alignment with objectives, and making sure to find “the right fit”. The downside for choosing the wrong manufacturing partner will be direct and immediate impacts on product assemblies, schedules, lack of rigor of testing subassemblies and final assemblies, as well as low yield rates and ultimately product warranty returns. Like all the stages before and after this stage, it is important that relevant options are evaluated and product expertise is brought to bear to stack the odds in favor of high quality and high yield production. Even if the design, approvals, certifications, etc. are already done, Device Solutions can help with the Pilot and Large Scale Production stage.
Bob, Chris and the Device Solutions team are always keeping in mind the objective of getting as high a quality product to market as possible given the design and market constraints. A great value of having DS in your corner for the Pilot and Large Scale Production stage is that DS has been through these production issues many times over and has worked with manufacturing and fulfillment organizations to streamline the processes and generate as high yields as possible.
The first step, no matter what stage of your development or re-design is to contact Bob (Device Solutions’ CEO) and arrange an in person discussion. If you have already worked with Bob and Device Solutions, you know about the incredible experience of working with a company that prides itself on openness, transparency, and authenticity (and innovation). If you haven’t met the Device Solutions team, you owe it to yourself and your company to have an ongoing relationship with a company who has proven its prowess in production and achieved extremely high levels of quality and yield.