The Most Common Product Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

December 22, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

[Editor's note: This blog post originally ran in March 2016.]

Designing a new product is as easy as having a killer idea, right? Not right. There is a lot that goes into designing, developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling a new product. Millions of products have failed (take these 12 notorious product flops for instance), and chances are that all of them had at least one of the below mistakes in common. Save your product  and business  from inevitable demise by avoiding these common product design mistakes! 

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Are You Ready for Product Manufacturing?

December 13, 2016 by Jennifer Catalan

Who doesn't love a good quiz?

Have a little fun and take our quiz to learn whether you're ready to move  into full scale product manufacturing.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Manufacturing

Product Manufacturing: Are You Ready?

November 03, 2016 by Jennifer Catalan

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That idea that was scribbled on a napkin late one night or that popped in your head one morning in the shower is finally ready to come to life. You have discovered an amazing idea for a product and you’ve done some research. It’s clear this product needs to get in the hands of thousands, possibly millions of people. You’re past the initial idea phase, maybe you even have a working prototype you’ve proudly shown off to potential buyers. But where do you go from here? Are you ready for product manufacturing now? 

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7 Ways to Reduce Packaging Costs

September 15, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

When companies are looking to reduce costs, their first focus is often what product design changes can be made to reduce material costs. Many completely overlook the option of refining the product’s packaging design instead. Improving and optimizing packaging design can not only save a company boatloads of money, but it can also provide better product protection and a reduced carbon footprint. Break free from the “we’ve always done it this way” mindset and analyze whether your product packaging is as efficient as possible. Below are 7 surefire ways to reduce packaging costs!

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How Much Will It Cost to Manufacture My Product?

August 16, 2016 by Andy Reese

As a global contract manufacturer, we get asked a whole lot of questions, but one is more common than all the rest. Hands down, the most asked question is: "How much will it cost to manufacture my product?" This probably isn't too surprising, since most big decisions come down to cost in the end. The answer is a good ol' catch-22: simple, yet complex all the while.

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5 Reasons Alibaba is the Wrong Place to Find a Supplier

March 10, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Unless your product is a shelf-stocked, run-of-the-mill commodity, Alibaba isn't the place to find your manufacturing partner – because that is just what you need: a partner. Small businesses often make hasty, emotion-induced decisions. This is the wrong approach. Objectivity becomes valuable when you're looking to forge a long-term relationship, not a short-sighted transaction. The site is alluring, approachable. The easy way out. Resist the urge! If you're serious about making a great quality product and building a successful business, find an experienced and reliable contract manufacturer to serve as your partner.

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The Value of Tolerance: How Increasing Design Tolerance Can Cut Costs

December 03, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Tolerance is one of those areas that is in the buyer's hands. It's your responsibility as the buyer to tell your contract manufacturer what you will and will not accept in terms of tolerances. I sat down with our head of EMS, as well as one of our product development engineers, to talk design tolerance. I found out that we have received many drawings with extremely tight tolerances from our customers, and sometimes they are tighter than they need to be. Let's take a look at how loosening up some non-critical tolerances can potentially save you money in the long run.

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Tips for Making a Product Design Change Late in the Game

November 19, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

In an idealistic world, you would design a product perfectly – down to the very last detail  the first time around. But here in the real world, most designs need tweaking, and we often discover opportunities for improvement along the way. Formal design changes will likely cost you both money and precious time, but the earlier these changes are made in the design process, the better. Last-minute changes can cause major issues if they aren't planned or executed properly. I recently sat down with one of our product development engineers to get some valuable tips for making last-minute design changes. 

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5 Questions an Entrepreneur Should Ask Before Quitting His Day Job

October 07, 2015 by Andy Reese

Thanks to the show Shark Tank (@ABCSharktank), people with ideas have been looking for a way to make it big. So many great ideas arise every day and, while not every one of them will succeed, you can be sure that a few will. Knowing that a handful will find success gives us hope that our ideas might too!

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How to Design Sustainable Products for Recycling by the End User

September 24, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

When designing a product, considering what happens after its demise will soon become as important as its performance. How to design for the end of a product's life will be guided by the nature of the product, how long it is expected to be used and its recyclability.

Incorporate sustainability efforts into your product design after a preliminary concept has been developed, but prior to finalizing details for production. Typically once the production-ready design has been completed, the costs associated with making design changes present a barrier to improving the product's sustainability. Be sure to work this into your design process and schedule.

Now let’s take a look at some important factors to consider when designing sustainable products for recycling by the end user.

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