As we have often highlighted on this blog, taking a product from concept to ready-to-manufacture product is a complex process with multiple milestones, each requiring unique skill sets. The expertise necessary to refine a product concept differs from the talents needed to develop embedded programming or integrate vision, for example. Since new product development projects vary in complexity, the partnership needs will vary as well.
Often, the most intriguing strategy is to partner with an outsourced product development provider that offers a “one-stop” service. Those partners promote an ability to deliver every aspect of the development lifecycle from concept to manufacturing, and for certain types of products, that can be the right path. By contrast, companies like Resolution offer a thoughtful collection of specialized partners, such as Helix Design for Industrial design, as part of their new product development process offering. Choosing the right model can depend on several factors.
The complexity of the New Product: Does the new product being developed require complex components such as hardware, software, embedded programming or vision integration? If so, a depth of skills in each of those areas will be necessary for success.
Importance of Design: Is the design of the product is critical to adoption, i.e. certain sizes, use cases, aesthetics can directly impact the levels of market adoption? In this case, it will be critical to have specialized design experts to help drive the process and consider all the creative options.
Regulatory Requirements: Is the new product is being developed for a highly regulated industry such as the medical device, or life sciences industry? The partner must have a deep set of skills and experience navigating the documentation and compliance process to ensure a high quality and safe product that adheres to the stringent regulatory requirements of the industry.
New product development projects for products that are complex, require thoughtful design or are intended for highly regulated markets lend themselves to the deep skills that come from the partnership strategy of Resolution Development and Helix Design.
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