Starting a new project is an exciting time! And while there's plenty to talk about, the real work begins once the concept design has been agreed and thoughts turn to 'how are we going to make it?' That's where we can help you – with design for manufacturing (DfM) advice and the creation of prototypes before heading for full scale box-build production, either in the UK or at one of our overseas facilities depending on the volume required, You may want to kick off production in the UK then move it overseas as production ramps up – we are flexible (and realistic) enough to give you the most cost effective options.

New product introduction

It’s always exciting to be working on a new product – but it can be tough to meet deadlines set by management and marketing.

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This is where our engineering and production teams can provide advice to help accelerate your product into manufacture – and our fast prototype service move your project forward with speed.

If an objective is to get your new product to market quickly and cost effectively, the OSI Electronics engineering and production teams can help you during your NPI process.

Our skilled engineers, working with your designers, have a huge amount of experience as well as SoildWorks 3D modelling software and comprehensive parts libraries to assist them.

And with their production colleagues, they will looking at your product from a design for manufacturing (DfM) perspective to optimise it for efficient manufacture and testing.

Design for manufacturing
DfM brings you real benefits, for it takes every facet of a product from a production and test point of view to ensure the

DfM brings you real benefits, for it takes every facet of a product from a production and test point of view to ensure the final product is right first time, is reliable, will be delivered on schedule and cost less.

In essence, DfM means designing a product for ease of manufacture and testing.

Why DfM is good practice

DfM will select manufacturing processes which are simple, economical and have the least manufacturing time, minimise the number of parts to help reduce costs and production time while using as many standard components as possible.

The DfM concept designs parts for multi-use, avoids separate fasteners and minimises handling, including assembly turn directions and operations.  It also optimises testing procedures.

Design review
Why not call us in to discuss your project at an early stage? It’s never too early to consider design for manufacturing! Before any design commitments

Why not call us in to discuss your project at an early stage?

It’s never too early to consider design for manufacturing!

Before any design commitments are made, we can discuss the impact of your choices upon the manufacturing processes – minimising costs and maximising yields.

Key considerations are:

  • Volumes – high, medium or low.
  • Volumes – choice of PCB technology.
  • Market – sales and manufacturing location(s)
  • Type of product – general ISO 9001 or specialist, e.g. medical, automotive, aerospace.
  • Production lifespan.
  • Product derivatives / variants.
  • Key components – ongoing availability.
  • Cost targets.

There is a modest charge for this service – an investment which can be reflected in the end cost and reduced lead times.

Device programming
If you’re stuck over the issue of device programming, it’s something else we can help you with, for we can program a wide range

If you’re stuck over the issue of device programming, it’s something else we can help you with, for we can program a wide range of devices, including EPROM, micro controllers, PICs, programmable logic and flash memory.

And because software and product revisions happen, we can also update the programming during final test so your product is field ready before it leaves us.

Prototyping
We can also help you with prototype and pre-production manufacture. Our fast prototyping service gives you the opportunity to test a fully working product, representative

We can also help you with prototype and pre-production manufacture.

Our fast prototyping service gives you the opportunity to test a fully working product, representative of a production item, before committing to final production.

And being a quality prototype, it will enable you to field test your product in the knowledge it’s ‘the real thing’.  For us, we can check the manufacturing process is optimised.

There’s more about this on our Fast prototype service page.

Engineering skills
At the start of a project, our engineers will assess all the relevant documentation and drawings in detail, creating whatever drawings are missing to

At the start of a project, our engineers will assess all the relevant documentation and drawings in detail, creating whatever drawings are missing to generate a production job pack.

And to ensure you get the best out of working with us, our engineering team – as with colleagues in production and test – is geared to being flexible to individual customers’ requirements.

Our engineers are responsible for:

  • Preparing bills of materials (BoM).
  • Specifications for metalwork, plastics and other materials.
  • Document capture and processing.
  • Job pack creation.
  • Issue level control.
  • Revisions and engineering change implementation.

During production, our engineers proactively look for opportunities to take cost out of the product build or improve the lead time as part of our approach to continuous product improvement.

Give us a ring
Why not talk to one of our business development managers about your project and how we can help to bring your ideas to life? 

Why not talk to one of our business development managers about your project and how we can help to bring your ideas to life?  +44 (0) 1480 222 480.

If you would like to know more about the many benefits to you and your company from outsourcing to OSI Electronics UK, please go to the Complete product build page.

And to tell us about your project, please e-mail us or phone +44 (0) 1480 222 480.  Or, if you prefer, use the form below.






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