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" We were delighted with the standard of the work done and we expect to use
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" All tasks were completed on time and within budget. "
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Getting From a Concept or Idea to a Marketable Product.
Centron system Solutions follows a high quality product development process that is ISO9000 compliant. It goes through six stages, which are outlined below. These stages have been presented in a linear fashion but sections of this process may iterate if required
Depending on a number of factors, this may be the first step required in any product development process. It may be necessary to prove either the technical feasibility or the market feasibility of the product or concept. Clients, who have not been involved with the target market before, may require some market research to be done to confirm that there is a market for their idea. Concepts that involve stretching the existing technology or which involve leading edge technical development will also require some time spent proving that the technical requirements can be met. This will, on occasion, require the development of prototype printed circuit boards (pcb) and electronic design and also on occasion the development of proof of concept software development. Once this phase is complete the market requirement for the product or service will be confirmed and the feasibility of creating the product from a technical perspective will be decided.
This encompasses a whole range of elements from the aesthetic to the functional. An overall approach is required
here, including such factors as:
Prototypes vary in appearance and functionality from a basic functional model to the fully finished display
model. They can include prototype plastics, prototype electronics, prototype printed circuit boards (pcb)
and early software versions, all put together to get a first look at the product features and functionality.
The product will have been designed and created for a first look evaluation. This prototype gives the
Engineering team and the client a critical appraisal of how the finished product will look. The functionality
of the prototype is also critically assessed through a series of rigorous testing. This is an opportunity for
all involved to identify any problems with the look of the product and its functionality.
Every product placed on sale in the European Union must be labelled with the CE mark to assert that it complies
with the regulations pertaining to that product. This covers a range of testing and is different for every product.
Core sections of this testing include product safety testing, immunity to electromagnetic radiation and electromagnetic
radiation emissions. The reader is guided to this sites page on the CE mark for further reading.
-> CE mark
Preparation for Manufacture
Bringing a product from development to manufacture requires an amount of planning and interfacing with
the manufacturer. There are screens to be manufactured, Bills of material (BOM) to be prepared, automatic
tests or functional tests to be created. It may be that the client hopes to license the finished product
once it has been through the development process. In this case he may not require that the preparation for
manufacture be completed.
Once the product has been launched on the market there will be a requirement for product support. Depending on the product this may be telephone support to the general public or onsite support to trained technical or professional people.