We staff NPI and prototyping professionals with years of experience to prototype products through the same manufacturing process that will be developed for sustaining production. SMC believes the prototype process is in place to discover current or potential issues, validate designs, and assist companies towards production. We also understand the pressures of getting products to market quickly and can support quick turn prototypes.
Our prototyping services cover a wide range of products, including, but not limited to, the following:
- System Integrations
- Box builds/sub-assemblies
- Integrated control panels
- Wire harnesses
We even have advanced prototyping software and hardware, such as a 3D color printer, to produce accurate models and projections throughout the prototyping process.
Design for Lowest Cost
In an effort to provide world-class products and services, SMC is focused on offering an array of value added services that best support our customers. Although these services are extremely helpful and are vital to building quality robust products, we do not lose focus on the product’s cost. The best way to effectively drive out cost is to start early in the design phase where we will collaboratively evaluate every aspect of the design. SMC Engineers enjoy doing a deep dive into material cost, material composition, and ask appropriate questions to refrain from over-engineering products.
Design for Manufacturability
Another element in reviewing a design before manufacturing a product is how manufacturable is it currently? As a Contract Manufacturer we are not only approached with new products and new designs, we also partner with companies that need us to support legacy or redesigned products. Our engineers enjoy sitting down with customers or having Skype calls to collaboratively review our client’s documentation and products for manufacturability. These types of early discussions attribute to better manufacturing process efficiency, superior quality, and a quicker time to market.
Design for Testability
Similar to manufacturability of a product, many clients will request that their designs be optimized for testability. Our test engineering team is passionate about striving for the highest product test coverage. Like our Customer Engineers, our Test Engineers will evaluate the customers’ test strategies and make professional recommendations on potential changes to the product to receive the best test results.