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Design Phase

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"Careful management is necessary here as creativity can have its cost." 
 

"Viability is further proven using rapid design and prototyping"


"One additional hundred pounds spent in the design phase may save you 10000 in the next""

 

Design to realise the agreed specification

Stage Once the product concept is defined, the next step is the Design Phase where the final product is created in parallel with the manufacturing process. This is a creative process that is essentially realisation of what had been formalised in the concept.

Work is mainly focused in design activities, but it is supported by a multi-functional Project Team in order to integrate manufacturing requirements in the early stages and to use industrial resources when it proves efficient.

The aim of the team is to achieve design completion level that is measurable against predetermined quality standards; with zero risk and achievement of material cost targets at the end of this phase.

The basic design activity in this phase is the sequence of design trials. Each trial is a round of models composed by: data configuration, assembly, evaluation and investigation for problem solving.
The output of the this phase is, briefly, at a predetermined time :

(a) the complete bill of materials ready for Manufacturing preparation
(b) the drawings and specifications of the new pieces and parts
(c) a plan for achieving product approval
(d) a plan for the production process
(e) the agreement on deliveries for key and new parts in time for mass production
((f) the technical evaluation results proving design completion level according to manufacturing quality rules
((g) an updated cost calculation

Teamwork

ExamplesAs this phase can bring significant cost a very well structured team should be brought together.  We have very detailed information regarding how best to manage Team requirements and how best to improve the understanding of the process even down to agenda for each of the milestone meetings that are required.

Milestones

ExamplesMilestone 0 - Kick off (Feasibility Approval)
Milestone 1 - Design Evaluation – First Trial
Milestone 2 - Functional Model Approval Proto-Trial
Milestone 3 - Project Approval – Confirmation Trial
Milestone 4 - Design Validation

Information here is relevant to one particular type of product. We advise you on the most relevent process for your requirement and if required can work with your team to bring clarity and less cost risk to your development process..  Contact us to discuss in depth our experience in rolling out a product development process across three countries in Europe each with design teams of 40+ engineers.


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