The Way We Work
How we transform an idea into a working prototype
We follow a structured work process. This enables us to successfully transform a good idea into a working prototype for a product or key component that is high-tech and can be mass produced for low costs. Using the methodology of Design for Six Sigma we define critical to quality parameters translating the needs of a customer into measurable criteria. These parameters act as guidelines throughout a project. DfSS is an evidence-based way of working. It ensures reliable data analysis, valid results and conclusions.
Our structured development process is built up out of seven different phases:
Visualisation and communication
After the project definition or ‘our understanding of your challenge’, comes the orientation and definition phase.
This stage starts out with structured idea generation, bringing together multidisciplinary capabilities in our ‘creative room’ in Enschede. Working within the parameters of the critical qualities of a project, we try to get as many fresh ideas on the table as possible. We use a set of different tools to think up a lot of workable ideas in a short time. We start by specifying the challenge as clear as possible, narrowing down the amount of ideas and exploring the best ways to achieve the best solutions.
High-tech cost effective solutions
The outcome of the orientation and definition phase is always a number of promising solutions. These are ranked according to how well they fit the critical to quality criteria of the customer and how cost effective they are.
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During the concept development or proof of principle stage we draw, 3D design and manufacture a model of the product or key component we believe to be the best solution for our client’s high-tech challenge. The proof of principle is the first tangible engineering result of our structured work process. What we come up with might work to perfection, but the outcome can also be that an idea needs more work. Risk mitigation at this early stage can save companies a lot of time and money in the production process. Our structured approach enables us to know for certain that an invention can be mass-produced at low cost maintaining high quality standards.
Prototyping and product design
The stages that follow after the proof of principle are prototyping, product design, product and production validation. We feel a big sense of responsibility participating in projects that help reinvent the core products for a lot of major companies. We never take a light approach. Working together, our qualified and accountable team and networking partners transform a paper concept into working prototypes.
During the entire development process our project managers and lead engineers stay in close contact with the client. They guard the process, checking criteria and communicating updates.
A growing number of international companies chooses PCV Group for the way we work and the expertise we have in professional, consumer and medical markets.