Product Development

Indesign has been helping clients design and develop embedded electronic products for over 20 years. Our dedicated engineering team works together in our 30,000 sq ft facility in Indianapolis, IN. We support clients from all over North America, creating high tech products in a variety of industries from consumer to industrial to military. Supporting more than 75 design projects per year has enabled our engineers to embed the latest technologies in our client’s newest products. Contact us online or call us today at (877) 561-0274.

Indesign uses a proven process for new product development to deliver your projects on schedule, with high product quality, and within your budget requirements. Our product development process removes risk from your new product development.

Indesign’s ISO certified quality management system divides the overall product development process into several phases with key activities defined for each engineering discipline in each phase. The typical phases of a project are:

  • Concept Development – The basic concept and high-level features of the product are defined. Various concepts may be explored with a final concept selected based on your market research, business plan, and product costs.
  • Requirements and Architecture – Detailed requirements for the product are created. This is often a joint effort of the client and Indesign. As requirements are established, the mechanical, electrical, and software architecture of the product is created. This includes selection of the key electronic components of the product.
  • Design and Prototyping – The detailed mechanical, electrical, and software design occurs. This includes MCAD design of the mechanical parts and ECAD design of the Printed Circuit Board. The software code is written. Prototype parts and circuit boards are fabricated to build working prototype units.
  • Prototype Testing – Mechanical and electrical design testing occurs. Software system validation testing is performed. Regulatory and compliance testing is performed by external test labs.
  • Factory Production Support – Following the release of design information to the factory, Indesign engineers support the factory during the transition to production. This may include development of factory test sets, tooling support, and evaluation of factory made engineering models of the product.

A high-level diagram of Indesign’s product development process. Click to enlarge.

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Flexible Development Process

We schedule design reviews with you at critical points in each phase of development to assure that the project is proceeding as desired. A complete list of all project activities is typically tracked in a detailed project schedule format, such as a Microsoft® Project schedule.

Indesign’s product development process is very flexible, adapting to meet the needs of your own internal processes. Indesign has used its product development process in projects involving more than 100 different clients, ranging from start-up companies to Fortune 100 companies.

Our product development process was designed for complete product development projects, beginning with product concept development and ending with design introduction into manufacture. However, this process can be used not only for full turnkey product development but also for subsets of the product development activities.

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Stage 1
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This is an initial discussion to share our skills and capabilities and understand your product needs. If needed, we will enter into a non-disclosure agreement to facilitate the exchange of more details about the product requirements.

Stage 2
Discuss the details

The purpose of this more detailed discussion is for us to get an in depth understanding of your product needs and for you to get a firm understanding of our technical capabilities in the specific areas needed for your project. Typically, this discussion will involve appropriate members of your team, Indesign Business Development Manager, engineers, and Project Manager.

Stage 3
Create a proposal

Based on the information we have received, we will create a detailed project proposal or Statement of Work (SOW) for your embedded electronic product. This Statement of Work will define project scope, activities, deliverables, schedule, costs, and proposed business terms. We will work closely with you to create and refine a Statement of Work that will satisfy your needs.

Stage 4
Project kickoff

Once we have a signed Statement of Work, Indesign will then assemble the engineering team and resources needed to start the project. A project begins with a kickoff meeting with members of your team and members of the Indesign Project Team.

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