Seven Keys to Successful Product Development

March 25, 2020 | Blog
Developing a new electronic product can be very challenging, especially when the product is very different from existing products or uses cutting edge technology. In order to succeed with new product development, there are some key considerations to keep in mind that will reduce the risk for the development process: 1.Development Team The single most important factor to a successful product development is having the correct people on the development team. Those folks should have knowledge and experience in the key technologies involved, as well as previous product development experience. They need to be very effective working together as a team, as well as teaming up with the client. 2. Project Planning and Management Every project needs to have a well-defined timeline of activities in order to ensure that the project schedule will be met and that project costs are maintained within budget. It should be clear for each member of the team which activities are their responsibility and when they need to be complete. As events occur during a project that affects the original project plan, the project team must be flexible to adjust tasks to maintain the overall schedule. In some cases, additional resources can be added to the project at critical times to overcome unexpected obstacles. 3. Product Requirements Before any product development proceeds very far, it is critical to creating well-defined requirements for the product. Well defined requirements will ensure that all critical features of the product will be implemented. Failure to identify a critical product requirement in the early phase of product development can lead to rework and schedule delays later. Generally, the development team will need to elicit requirements from the customer, since they may not be explicitly stated. 4. Architecture The electrical, mechanical, and software architecture become the foundation for the product design, much like the foundation of a building supports the entire building. Choosing the major components for the architecture (e.g. microcontroller, software operating system, transducers, displays, etc.) will set the direction of future design activities. If a component has been selected that is not yet proven (e.g. bleeding edge technology), the entire product development can be at risk. For new technologies that are proven (e.g. leading-edge technologies), it is important to enlist the support of the component vendor that provides that technology. 5. Prototype Testing As prototypes are designed and built, comprehensive testing of these prototypes is needed to verify the design performance and testing. The development engineers (electrical, mechanical, software) can do their own design verification and testing as a start. But, ultimately the product verification and validation should be performed by an independent, internal system test team. This team can be viewed as the first customer for the product. 6. Factory Focus It is important to have a good understanding of the factory’s processes and capabilities when creating a design for production. This will allow the PCB design and mechanical design to be adjusted to meet the factory’s capabilities and limitations. Without having a good knowledge of the factory that will manufacture the product, it may not be possible to optimize the production cost for the device. 7.Communications Although this is the last item on the list, this is the most important factor of all! Communication between all parties is critical to the success of the project. This is communication within the development team, with the client, with the factory, with vendors, and other key stakeholders. Regular project team meetings are essential to keep everyone aligned and to resolve any obstacles or roadblocks. If the client has engineering resources to support the product development, encouraging direct communication between the client’s resources and the development team’s engineering resources is critical. There are many other factors that can help ensure a successful product development, but the 7 key factors above seem to have the biggest impact. Contact Our Team Indesign, LLC is a multi-discipline engineering design firm that provides full turnkey electronic product development to allow clients to get their new product ideas into the market quickly. Indesign offers complete product development capabilities, starting with a product concept and finishing with a ready-to-manufacture design. Indesign has an ISO certified product development process and a proven track record for on-time, on-budget, high-quality product realization. To learn more about us and our services,
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Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020

February 13, 2020 | Blog
Indesign exhibited at the 2020 International Consumer Electronics Show – January 8 – 11, 2020. This is Indesign’s 23rd year to exhibit at the International CES. The 2020 International CES® is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, featuring the latest consumer technologies across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies. (more…)
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First Full Time Job: Working at Indesign, LLC

November 27, 2019 | Blog
Coming right out of college after only previously working three-month long internships and work-studies, starting a full-time job was both exciting and intimidating. I prepared myself to drive to my new job – though I had come and toured the building before for the onsite interview, now was the real thing. (more…)
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Indesign PCB Prototyping

October 9, 2019 | Blog
One in-house capability that sets Indesign apart is our ability to assemble printed circuit boards. We have found that as our electrical engineers design circuits and schematics and our ECAD team lays out the printed circuit board, it is incredibly valuable for the engineers to be able to walk down the hallway and talk to our assembly team. The extensive knowledge that they have regarding assembly allows our teams to design in a way that is more efficient to manufacture and provides a better product for our clients. On Time & On Budget Our assembly team can assemble both by machine and by hand depending on the requirements of each project. They work closely with the rest of a project team to determine what is needed for each board and how to deliver the highest quality product on time and on budget. Innovative Equipment Our investment in machine assembly equipment allows Indesign to have more control of the design schedule to better meet commitments to our customers. We can have bare boards fabricated and delivered as quickly as three days. We work with our clients to get the parts needed to assemble their boards; they can send us all their parts, some of their parts, or Indesign can do all the procurement work. The assembly team works to have all of the components for a board ready for PCB assembly as soon as the bare boards are delivered – allowing for the fastest possible turn-around time. This allows our engineers to quickly test the prototypes once they are assembled, and make adjustments before moving on to the next phases of development. The machine assembly area includes the following equipment: Stencil printer (solder paste screening) Automated pick and place machine (surface mount devices) Reflow oven PCB assembly capabilities include Surface Mount Technology (SMT), Thru-hole, and mixed technology (SMT with Thru-hole) for single and double-sided placement. This equipment allows for the placement and soldering of components in packages as small as 0201s and BGAs/QFNs with a 0.4 mm lead pitch. To help insure quality soldering, Indesign uses a thermal profiler which allows for more precise temperature zone control within the reflow oven. Contact Our Team Today Indesign can also assemble lead-free and leaded PCBA’s, depending on the needs of our clients. Our highly experienced assembly staff are IPC-610 certified. Questions regarding our services? Contact us by calling (877) 561-0274.
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Celebrating Our 1 Year Anniversary at the Indiana IoT Lab

March 28, 2019 | Blog
Indesign has been a member of Indiana’s IoT (Internet of Things) Lab in Fishers, IN for one year. The IoT lab is a 24,000 square foot workspace dedicated to supporting collaboration and innovation for the Internet of Things. As a member, Indesign has a dedicated workspace that provides an additional location for the Indesign product development team to work alongside other Indiana IoT member companies. (more…)
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Indesign & DeveloperTown Mind Meld: IoT

January 8, 2019 | Blog
Indesign and DeveloperTown hosted an event focused on IoT technologies at DeveloperTown. Our presentation focused on IoT applications and connectivity, while DeveloperTown continued the discussion with a focus on data communication, security, and updating. (more…)
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LoRa® – Long Range Connection for IoT

December 18, 2018 | Blog
Our clients want to connect to the internet and there are many ways to get there. If your application needs a low cost and short range solution with small amounts of data and the ability to connect to a phone, Bluetooth or BLE might be the right fit. If you have an application that doesn’t have the luxury of connecting via a cell phone and needs to connect directly to the cloud (Internet) and you can support a monthly fee, a cellular connection can be considered for integration into your application. (more…)
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