In the Production Unit phase the focus is primarily: (1) Value Engineering - reducing the per unit manufacturing cost of the product, and (2) Reliability Engineering - reducing warranty service costs for the product (3) Automated test Equipment - reducing labor needed during production
We have extensive experience with Design for Manufacturability (DFM) both on new products and on existing products. DFM principles are applied to all products we design. We are also experienced at improving the manufacturability of products through techniques such as value engineering and reliability growth. Below are a few illustrative examples. Heart Valve Crimper: This device is used to squeeze an artificial aortic valve to fit into a catheter before being implanted. Took an unworkable design and morphed it into one that was smaller, easier to manufacture and package in a standard sterile pouch. Hemorrhoid Drug Delivery: Designed a very low cost syringe for a mass manufactured drug delivery device. Dental Mixing Gun: Designed a low manufacturing cost hand-held version of a competitor’s tabletop mixing device. Surgical Laser: Developed a lower power, lower cost version of a standard Holmium:YAG surgical laser. We also have extensive experience with automatic test equipment (ATE) and highly accelerated life tests (HALT). We work with tool makers to prepare the products for high volume manufacturing.