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Design for Manufacture

We understand that a low-cost well-designed product can be let down if it cannot be manufactured and reliably and affordably tested for its intended lifetime.

To achieve this, products need to be designed for manufacture. Often, products need to be designed for a specific identified contracted manufacturer and to suit the resources and abilities that they have at their disposal.

When designing for manufacture we ask several questions including:

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Component selection

Are the components available to the manufacturer?

Are there any restrictions associated with the components?

Can the components be second sourced?

Are the components explicitly specified?

Manufacturability

Are tolerances unnecessarily tight?

Is manufacturing information clear, structured and complete?

Are devices easy to program?

Can software be developed or purchased to automate programming, testing and configuration?

Are PCBs designed for cost effective manufacture, e.g. pick and place, reflow and flying probe testing?

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Testability

Is the product easy to test?

Are there clear test instructions?

Can cheaper test equipment or jigs be produced to allow for multiple production lines?

Where can automated testing be used or built in test sequences?

Security

Can the device be protected against being copied?

How traceable is the product?

What controls can be put in place?

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Long Term Support

Often, products need to be designed for a specific identified contracted manufacturer and to suit the resources and abilities that they have at their disposal.

However, there is always a risk that something might go wrong, a component becomes obsolete, a contract manufacturer changes, a new regulation comes into forceā€¦

As a business that has been established for over 20 years, you can depend on us to support the manufacturing of your product, system or service in the long term.

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Offshore Manufacture

One of our customers asked us to develop a high-volume radio-based product and manufacturing was planned to be offshore to reduce costs. The offshore manufacturer had limited radio test equipment but wanted to run multiple production lines.

In response we adapted the embedded software of the product and developed a low-cost test setup and procedure that allow the contract manufacturer to scale up production lines cheaply and efficiently.