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. There is an emphasis on visualising and communicating these rough ideas and concepts. 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 of achieving the needed solutions.
High-tech cost effective solutions
The orientation and definition phase results in a number of promising solutions. We rank these according to how well they fit the critical to quality criteria of the customer and how cost effective they are. A solution might be an exact fit for what an organisation is looking for, but if it’s too expensive it’s not going to be a success. We’re not afraid to let go of ideas we initially think might be the innovation we’re looking for.
The next step in the way we work is the concept development or the proof of principle. We draw, 3D design and manufacture a model of the product or key component we believe is the best solution to the high-tech challenge of our customer. 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 way of working enables us to collect and test all necessary evidence for the proof of concept. 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 engineers, project managers and networking partners transform a paper concept into working prototypes. The way we work is very much teamwork and we all fulfil our different roles.
During the entire development process our project managers and lead engineers stay in close contact with the customer, guarding 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.
Because we can be of value to you. Contact us to find out how.