Product Development

While ongoing manufacturing, sales, and marketing produce your current cash flow, your future profits are directly linked to the product developmentProduct Development Question Marks Image efforts that you are conducting today. This can cause a problem in today's finely tuned manufacturing operations as the sharp focus on manufacturing efficiency leaves not enough of the right kind of resources available to successfully develop new products at the rate the market requires.

Our approach to product development is based on the fact that no outside firm can duplicate the industry specific knowledge that has taken years to develop within your company. This realization is critical in allowing us to combine your industry specific knowledge with our engineering and product development knowledge and diverse background from many industries. You spend a little time to provide us the benefit of your knowledge, we provide our product development knowledge and the majority of the design time, and the result can be a much more profitable product than either of us could have achieved on our own.

Concurrent engineering is more than a popular buzzword at Product Design, Inc. When we say concept analysis we mean the whole product concept including not only the physical design of the product, but also how it will be produced and at what cost, what special tooling is required or profit enhancing, what level of service or user manuals are required, and how the product will fit into existing distribution channels. By following this "Work the Front End Hard" approach much of the uncertainty has been removed or reduced by the time serious money is committed to engineering the chosen concept into a complete product.



Product Development, Piggies go to Market ImageConcept Selection: Matching Market Desires to Production Possibilities

The selection of the correct concept is critical to the success of any given product development effort. Our methodology uses industrial research, competitive product research, technical software tools for early analysis and visualization, and formalized concept evaluation techniques to insure that an informed rational concept selection is made.



Engineering: Turning a Concept into a Profitable Product

Ideas are a dime a dozen. It takes hard work to turn them into reality. Hard core engineering supported with the right tools and the right product development processes are what it takes to make your product a reality. The picture at right shows the result of a Cosmos/M stress analysis on a plastic cover from one of our product development jobs.

The ability of Cosmos/M to accurately solve component contacts quickly gives us the ability to analyze parts more accurately in the context of a realistic assembly. The speed of the Cosmos solvers gives us the ability to quickly perform analysis directly on Pro/engineer models without the need to spend excessive time building and simplifying FEA models.




Project Management: Staying Focused on The Goal

Gantt Chart Aids Product Development ImageTrue Concurrent Engineering is made possible by MBA level project management skills and years of industry experience. These are combined with a strong engineering background to insure that your project moves rapidly towards successful completion.



Product Design, Inc.
5133 Washington St., Suite 9
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

Phone: 630.663.1642
Fax: 630.663.4552
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