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Prototype Development on Production Lines

We Use Our Production Line for Prototype Development

Some Say It’s Crazy…We Disagree!

Using production lines for prototype development is a great way for companies to test out new products. It gives your business a competitive edge in new product development and is cost-effective.

Read on for some tips on how and why your business should incorporate the use of our production line in your prototype development phase.

New Product, New Problems

As managers and new product engineers know, when your company has a brilliant idea for a new product the first step is to develop and test a prototype. Not only does the prototype have to meet the company’s desired specifications, it will also most likely have to meet the standards of various compliance requirements.

Mistakes that pass through the prototype testing phase become extremely costly down the road and can lead to expensive recalls. You can avoid the possibility of recalls and redevelopment by placing a strong focus on quality, functionality and manufacturability during the prototype-testing phase.   

A Case in Point

Pratt & Whitney was featured in a Forbes article when they were struggling at the production line level. Executives met with workers at the factory to see what was holding back progress because they were concerned about the significant amount of time and money already invested.

When questioned on the reason for the holdup, the factory workers voiced that the production line instructions didn’t make sense and that the layout was problematic. Problems like these can cost companies millions and hold back product development.  

The best way to avoid these problems is to partner with the right production line from the beginning. Partnering with the wrong production line can result in a cascade of costs that can set your company back for months, if not years, depending on the importance of your new product.

Make the Prototype Development Process Predictable

Forward thinking production line companies like Sonic Manufacturing Technologies work closely with product development teams. More importantly, they supply businesses with superior engineering resources to facilitate the production of new products.

Executives and managers don’t like surprises. Efficiency requires predictability and working with a knowledgeable and high-quality production line ensures that your prototype is produced with the utmost care. Therefore, there’ll be no nasty surprises during the development process.

Making the prototype development process predictable requires attention to detail, advanced engineering expertise, and dedication.

The Premier Production Line for Prototype Development

A jewel of the Silicon Valley, Sonic MFG is an industry leader in San Jose and the Bay Area. We also serve Sacramento and Salt Lake City as their premier choice for production lines.

With Sonic MFG’s services, your new products will be on the shelves in no time. Better yet, in addition to speedy service, we are committed to producing top quality, from prototype to production.

Make your new product releases a smashing success with Sonic MFG as your production line of choice. Rather than stressing over it, you can feel confident in our prototype development process.

Contact Sonic MFG today to learn more about prototype development and our New Product Introduction services.

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3 Internet of Things Examples

3 Internet of Things Examples That Show Just How Connected We Really Are

Remember when the internet was only on computers?

Whether you’re aware or not, you probably come in contact with several connected devices during your daily routine. In fact, there will be an estimated 26.6 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices by the end of 2019.

Three Unique Internet of Things Examples That Are Becoming More Common

From your watch and fitness tracker to refrigerators and mirrors, it seems everything is connected now. Up to 70% of consumers already own a voice-activated system, such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa. But what about the next great IoT innovations?

Here are three Internet of Things examples that show just how far the technology has advanced.

1. Internet of Things and Medical Devices

Healthcare and medical manufacturers are experimenting with IoT technology to improve patient care and monitoring.

Personal fitness trackers that will monitor basic health functions like your pulse when you work out have been around for years. Some manufacturers are now developing devices that will keep a record of specific health functions, like blood pressure, oxygen levels, and even brain waves.

Right now, patients with these devices need to visit a doctor in order to download the data. However, it won’t be long before this information can be accessed remotely so medical professionals can monitor their patients in real-time and potentially receive advanced warnings for a serious health issue.

Devices like this will have a major impact on the quality of patient care and controlling certain healthcare costs.

2. Internet of Things and Cars

All of those driverless cars you hear about on the news rely on connectivity and real-time analytics to function. And it’s not just robot cars that use Internet of Things.

Modern vehicles today can gather important environmental information, like temperature, weather, and even road conditions. Based on this data, systems in these cars can make modifications or adjustments to improve performance and safety for occupants. The amount of data these vehicles are collecting is growing by the day. Cars are expected to produce 350 MB of data per second by 2020.

In the near future, IoT-enabled vehicles will send performance information straight to car dealerships so technicians are better able to diagnosis the problem and prepare for a fix. Some cars are already doing this. Techs might even be able to remotely tweak your vehicle’s systems so you can avoid a visit and long wait at your local dealer’s service center.

3. Internet of Things and Smart Toilets

One of the most unique Internet of Things examples today is found in your bathroom.

Kohler has introduced the Numi Intelligent toilet. This throne of thrones features customizable ambient lighting, a heated toilet seat, foot warmers, and automatic flush. And, of course, it connects to Alexa to play your favorite music while you do your business. Plus, it can be programmable to individual users.

All jokes aside, we’re not far away from a time when your toilet can analyze your waste and make recommendations to your diet to live a healthier lifestyle.

Turn Your Idea into the Next Great Internet of Things Example

These examples all started as just ideas, and there are plenty of other great ones out there in Silicon Valley. It’s up to developers to take their visions and find a way to incorporate them into daily life and other connected devices to provide a benefit to the user.

Do you have a great IoT idea, but need logistics and design for manufacturability assistance? Contact us to learn how we can help you turn your dream into a reality.

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New Product Introduction & Design for Manufacturing

The process of engineering a new product at an incubator, lab, or startup is an exciting time. Perhaps your ultimate objective is to increase revenue, improve quality, or introduce innovation. No matter what, design engineering is critical, but successfully taking a new product to market is an equally complex process.
Moving from proof of concept (PoC) to full-scale production demands a high level of quality from beginning to end. That’s why mastering the new product introduction lifecycle starting with design for manufacturing (DFM) is essential to improve the odds for success.
We’ll go over the process for new product introduction below as well as how DFM at Sonic can help your project succeed.

New Product Introduction

Prototyping is always a challenge. For a new product to justify your efforts, however, it demands the ability to manufacture thousands of it at a time. Plus, all these must meet the specification requirements right out of the box.
Sonic has the capabilities to complete all six steps below in the new product introduction process thanks to our state-of-the-art, 85K-square-foot production facility in Fremont, California. This includes meeting industry standards for both low and high-volume manufacturing.

1. DFM

The Sonic manufacturing team evaluates your product’s design to determine the optimal processes to build and test it. This phase is critical as any necessary changes identified later will be more difficult and costlier to implement.

2. Parts Availability

An availability analysis determines how easily parts can be obtained as well as their cost. At this point, any potential issues identified in the supply chain can be addressed.

3. Engineering Verification

An initial build out is produced. This probably isn’t what the final product will look like, and it may not even be in a housing. Instead, the primary goal is design testing, especially of printed circuit boards (PCBs).

4. Testing

Once the initial PCBs are validated, additional testing systems are employed. These will move beyond design testing into areas including durability, safety, and reliability.

5. Design Verification

The next build will be much closer to how the finished product will look. To save money at this stage, however, 3D printing may be employed to fine-tune the final design before more expensive materials and complex manufacturing processes are used.

6. Product Validation

The final build is a dry run for the full-fledged manufacturing process. This includes not just the product, but packaging for both shipping and unit sales. Once your product and its manufacturing process are validated, you’re ready to begin full-scale production.

DFM at Sonic

Each step in the new product introduction process is important but beginning with expert DFM is critical to be successful. That’s why DFM at Sonic is your best choice.
DFM at Sonic provides you with key advantages:

  • Prototype deliveries ranging from two days to two weeks depending on complexity and product needs
  • More than 30 engineers on staff to provide development and support services
  • Extensive experience working in multiple industries including aerospace, automotive, biomedical, computing, and defense

Plus, when you choose DFM at Sonic, you’re working with an agile team which can procure any necessary parts quickly and is flexible enough to meet your schedule as it changes.

The Sonic Advantage

At Sonic, we understand the pressures incubators, labs, and startups face: compressed development times coupled with the need to bring products to market as soon as possible. When there’s no room for error, that’s when you can count on Sonic.
Sonic Manufacturing serves clients from Silicon Valley to Salt Lake City to Sacramento. Request a quote today by calling, emailing, or using our Request a Quote form.

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