Industrial Design and Contract Manufacturing

Industrial design and contract manufacturing is the process of creating a brand new product for the market and doesn’t need to be long and complex, putting you off before getting started.

 

At Upsilon.Tech, we specialize in applying the design process to products that utilize telescoping poles. Over the last 30 years, we’ve broken down our process into twelve steps, to make it easy for anyone, first-timers or veterans, to take their new idea and turn it into a final product.

 

Step 1: Product Initial Ideation

Industrial design and contract manufacturing starts with fleshing out your basic idea. We define the scope of your project. What do you wish your product to be? What does it do? Who uses it? Often this involves sketches and notes of your initial thought.

 

Step 2: Initial Product Design and Development

At this stage, we’ll begin to develop your product design. There are a wide variety of things we should think about:

  • Is there a firm plan for your product’s function?
  • How sturdy and durable does your product need to be?  Does it need to meet a minimum load requirement?
  • What are the minimum and maximum lengths your product will require?
  • How reliable is your product?
  • What will the production expenses be, and will this enable you to produce for profit while not a pricing yourself above what customers are willing to pay?
  • Think about the complexness of manufacturing your product. How many components does every unit need to be created?
  • What materials are required for production?

We’ll help you edit your designs as much as necessary, including dimensions and materials. We develop the initial design to the highest standards and include all critical details. Our goal is to keep required components to a minimum so that we can keep production expenses down and speed up assembly.

 

Step 3: CAD and 3D Modelling

This is where we use 3D rendering software to render a digital model of your final product. This helps our engineers to reveal any potential problems that weren’t evident from the initial design itself. We use this stage to revisit the initial design and take care of any issues that slipped through the first time.

 

Step 4: Prototype Manufacture and Testing

This is when you get to examine a physical prototype of your product. Make sure you thoroughly test the prototype. Be demanding. Be honest regarding any issues or flaws with your design, because it will make sure your end result will be the most effective it can be at what it does. If need be to, return to step three and re-evaluate any kinks that the testing uncovered.

Other important decisions at this stage will probably involve additional materials, like glue. Keep expenses in mind and be aware that settling for ineffective materials could negatively impact your sales. Don’t weaken your standards by cutting corners at this stage.

 

Step 5: Mass Production

Once we get through prototype testing and all the issues have been dealt with to your satisfaction, it’s time to manufacture your product. At this point, there are likely to be some additional choices to make, for example, materials, batch numbers, and also the manufacturer itself. Consider what keeps expenses low while maintaining the same standards you began with. This will make sure that you’ll be able to maximise profits.

Further Considerations

In addition to our industrial design and contract manufacturing services, we also offer our clients assistance with package design as well as logistics and shipping.

Packaging:  Once your product is manufactured, it must be packaged.  There are two parts to packaging: Palletization and Customer Packaging.

  • Palletization involves how your products will be packaged for transport to the destination of your choosing, usually a warehouse.  This is typically done by placing your products in a carton to be placed on a pallet.  The pallets are then loaded into shipping containers to be taken to port nearest the destination of your choice.
  • Customer Packaging refers to how your product is presented to the final customer.

Upsilon.Tech will package your products however you wish.  If you need help designing your customer packaging, let us know and we can point you in the right direction.

Shipping and Logistics:  Shipping involves getting your product from our factory to a destination of your choice.  This typically involves transport by either sea or air.  It also includes customs clearance and inland trucking.

  • Sea transport is the least expensive option, but takes the longest.  It is also the most physically demanding carries the highest risk of damaged product.
  • Air transport is the quickest, but is much more expensive.  There is less likelihood of products being damaged, but there are also more restrictions on what can be transported by air.

Upsilon.Tech will transport your products by sea or air anywhere in the world.  And if you want to manage your own logistics, no problem.  We can deliver to a port of your choice or you can pick up your product directly from our factory.

Now that you’ve taken your product from an idea to a sophisticated final product, it’s time focus your attention on selling, of putting it into the buyer’s hands. The more volume you move, the more you’ll be able to afford to produce larger batches, which means more profit next time around!

 

If you have any questions about our industrial design and contract manufacturing services or wish to schedule a consultation, get in touch with us using the contact form below.

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