If you’re a startup, or you’re just getting ready to release your company’s first product, the manufacturing process can seem overwhelming. The entire process of new product development (NPD) can be difficult to get right the first time.
At Pivot International, we have over 50 years of experience bringing products into manufacturing. With our global supply chain and manufacturing facilities spanning three continents, we truly are experts in this field. With our one-source business model and proven design for manufacturing (DFM) expertise, let us help you take the stress out of bringing your product to market.
Let’s discuss the steps needed to take your product into manufacturing.
Finalizing Your Product Design
First, you’ll need to finalize your design. This means ensuring your product has all the features and functionality you and the consumer want and that it’s been designed in an easy and cost-effective way to manufacture. You should also consider factors like durability, reliability, and aesthetics, as these can all affect your product’s success in the market.
To do this, you’ll need to do some research and development (R&D). This can involve testing your product’s design through prototyping and iterating on the design based on the results of those tests. Consider consulting with experts in the field, such as industrial designers or engineers, to get their input on your design.
Ensure your product’s design is simplified in order to manufacture it. Working with a company that has experience in DFM will lower the cost of production, allow for faster production times, and improves the quality of your product.
Choosing the Right Manufacturer
Once your design is finalized, it’s time to find a manufacturer. There are many different types of manufacturers out there, and the one you choose will depend on factors like the type of product you’re making, the volume of units you need, and your budget. Some common types of manufacturers include contract manufacturers, original design manufacturers (ODMs), and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
When choosing a manufacturer, it’s essential to do your research and compare quotes from multiple manufacturers. You’ll want to consider factors like the manufacturer’s experience, reputation, and production capabilities. If the manufacturer owns their own facilities vs. outsourcing to a third-party manufacturer. You should also visit the manufacturer’s facilities in person, if possible, to see their operations firsthand and make sure they’re a good fit for your product.
Creating a Production Plan
Once you’ve chosen a manufacturer, you’ll need to create a detailed production plan. This plan should include all the information the manufacturer needs to produce your product, such as the bill of materials (BOM), factory assembly drawings, work instructions, and any quality control measures that will be put in place. You should also include information on certifications or compliance requirements your product may have, such as FCC or UL certifications.
Once your product is manufactured, it’s time to bring it to market. This can involve a number of steps, such as packaging and labeling your product, creating marketing materials, and setting up a distribution channel – to name a few. You’ll also need to consider how you’ll price your product and handle customer service and support.
Communication is Key
To ensure the success of your product, both parties must stay engaged throughout the manufacturing process. This means communicating regularly with your manufacturer and providing them with any updates or changes to your design or production plan. The manufacturer should also be responsible for openly addressing any issues that arise, such as quality control problems or delays in production.
Manufacturing Doesn’t Have to be Complicated
Taking your product into manufacturing is a complex process that requires careful planning and coordination. By following these steps, we hope we’ve provided a clearer path on how to manufacture your new product.
If you’d like to learn more about our manufacturing processes, contact us today!