Product Design, Product Engineering, and Product Development by Vergent Products

If your product has already hit the market, our team can help you through the difficulties of lowering costs and adding new features. The manufacturing and quality processes at Vergent Products offer our engineers a lot of data that they utilize to refine your product over time. Whether you need a new PCB design to accommodate a discontinued part or a complete overhaul to save money, we can help.

 

ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016, and AS9100D:2016 certifications are held by Vergent Products. Our AS9100D accreditation does not include the provision of design and development services. To read a more in-depth explanation, click About up top and then click Certifications.

 

Our mechanical, electrical, and firmware engineers are equipped with state-of-the-art machinery to create your product. Give us an idea, and we’ll work with you to make sure it becomes reality.

 

  • Prototyping
  • Design for Excellence (DfX)
  • Cost Reduction
  • Mechanical System Design
  • Electronic System Design
  • Firmware Development
  • Test Engineering & Development

Prototyping

The purpose of the prototyping stage in product development is to test the product’s design and functionality before moving forward with the final production model. The prototype’s level of fidelity might range from a crude mockup to a fully functional model, depending on the requirements of the undertaking. Prototypes can often be made with off-the-shelf parts and components, but occasionally specialized pieces will need to be built. The purpose of a prototype is to collect user feedback and make any necessary adjustments to the product’s design before moving on to the production phase.

 

Prototyping can be done in a variety of ways; the one chosen will depend on the nature of the product being produced, the available resources, and the schedule. 3D printing, CNC machining, injection molding, and hand-building are some of the most common techniques. Both have their benefits and drawbacks; the best approach for a given project is determined by its unique specifications.

 

The prototype-making phase of product development is crucial, and it’s also a lot of fun. Seeing your work materialize, even in its nascent form, is a powerful incentive to keep going. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that a prototype is just that. This is not the final version, and its quality is not guaranteed. Instead, the purpose is to get insight from the prototype and apply that to the final product.

Design for Excellence (DfX)

Design for Excellence (DfX) is a set of guidelines for making sure a product is created with the highest standards of functionality, efficiency, and quality possible. Design for Experience (DfX) takes into account factors including usability, manufacturability, dependability, supply chain risk analysis, safety, and sustainability. Most DfX analysis in the current market is geared toward the selection of electronic components that are readily available in the distribution supply chain and do not require long lead times. If there are parts on the client’s bill of materials that have a particularly long lead time, our engineers will provide suitable alternatives so that we may meet the tightest deadlines. Companies can enhance product quality and save money on fixes due to design and manufacturing errors by adopting a DfX strategy.

Cost Reduction

As products reach maturity in the market, they often undergo redesigns aimed at lowering production costs. Vergent employs DFM best practices before releasing a product, sending prototypes to factories with an eye on minimizing time and money spent on assembly. Eighty percent of a product’s cost is set before it even goes into production because of the design, therefore increasing manufacturing and component procurement volumes yields only marginal cost savings. Changing the design of a product can drastically cut its production costs. Redesigning 3D printed parts and reducing the total number of parts in the assembly are common practices for achieving cost savings as production volumes increase. Consolidating the numerous printed circuit boards (PCBs) present in prototype units onto fewer boards saves time and effort by doing away with board-to-board wiring and assembly.  

Electronic System Design

Planning of Electronic Systems

Building and developing an electronic system is the focus of electronic system design. There are essentially four stages to this procedure:

  • As the initial step in the design process, defining the system’s needs is essential. In this phase, you will learn about the system’s prerequisites and the customer’s wants.
  • System design: This is the second stage of the design process, where the system is designed. This stage comprises the creation of the system architecture and the design of the system components.
  • Third, the system is put into action; this is the third and last stage of the design process. In this phase, both the system software and hardware are created.
  • The fourth step in the design process involves testing the system. At this point, both individual parts of the system and the entire system itself undergo testing.

Firmware Development

A product design firm that specializes in firmware development can help you generate unique firmware for your product. One of the best ways to make your product more useful and enjoyable to use is to add this feature. The firm may work with you to understand your product’s needs and then design firmware that meets those needs. In addition, the firm can also help you test the firmware to guarantee that it functions properly before you release it to the public.

Test Engineering & Development

It’s impossible to separate the processes of test engineering and new product development. Instead of focusing simply on the hardware, it is crucial to think about testing needs as soon as feasible in the product design cycle. It is impossible to make and transport a product without first putting it through rigorous testing, and therefore, only products that pass these tests can be considered truly successful. Engineers specializing in testing make sure that the final product works as intended and satisfies all specifications. They collaborate with product designers on the creation of tests, specialized testing equipment, and testing protocols. They also create scripts and other tools to automate the testing procedure. Engineers in this field are responsible for analyzing test findings and collaborating with developers to fix bugs.

Conclusion:

We appreciate your interest in learning more about Vergent Products and our offerings! If you would like to learn more information, please visit our website at www.vergentproducts.com. We are always excited to hear from new customers and would be happy to discuss your next project with us. You can also contact us by calling us at  970.667.8570. Thank you for reading, we hope you found this blog post informative!

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