When it comes to manufacturing, time is money. A change in production time of just a few minutes can make a huge difference when it comes to your overall profitability. Of course, that doesn’t mean you don’t want to risk mistakes in your product’s design that might take a toll on quality or reproducibility. It’s important to formulate a practical plan to product development that will cut down on time without sacrificing quality. Here are some tips to help you get ready.
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT TIPS TO SPEED UP THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
- Start with a strategy: Taking your time upfront can have BIG results. So before you start, take a step back and start formulating a strategy that you can use to guide you during the product development process. Nail down a timeline that you want to stick to. If you have a hard deadline for the production of your product, aim for a date that’s a bit earlier to account for potential hiccups during development.
- Work with a good team: Trying to tackle every aspect of product development on your own is virtually impossible. Make sure that you have a team around you who is going to help you achieve the best possible product outcome. That includes finding an engineer who is experienced specifically in design for injection molding applications. They will be helpful in making recommendations and helping you navigate the development process.
- Establish priorities: The reality is that you probably won’t be able to get every single feature you want into the final design for your product. Make a list of priorities for your product including things related to durability, aesthetics, longevity and flexibility. Having these priorities laid out will make it much easier for you to make decisions regarding your product.
- Test, test, test: When you think your product is ready to hit the production line, it’s time to start testing. Even with the most sophisticated engineering software and design technology, there are some things that might go awry when you take a product concept and actually try to manufacture it. Be prepared for plenty of testing and prototyping before you get it right.
Get started with your new product development by speaking to one of the experienced engineers at KASO Plastics. We have extensive experience working with taking products from initial concept through production and are ready to answer all of your injection molding and product development questions.