11 January 2021
What was true then, still holds true today – with the increasing complexity of circuit diagram structures in assemblies, prototyping is becoming increasingly time-consuming. As such, a wild goose chase can ensue when OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) need a quick market launch of new product developments, so secure prototype procedures do not received the appreciation it truly deserve.
The Electronics activity of LACROIX Willich, has shown how to approach the task differently and make prototyping more efficient.
In our experience, it is essential to persuade the customer not to order the quick interim prototype. A fully developed prototype represents the actual product in its initial phase.
It simply takes discipline to tackle an accomplished briefing from the start in order to ensure that all requirements known at the time, including those relating to the procurement of components, series production and testing requirements, are incorporated. “By doing this we are able to save valuable time and it also gives us a potential competitive advantage – particularly when it comes to highly innovative product developments,” Peter Sommer adds.
However, according to the graduate engineer for electrical engineering and electronics, it was more difficult for the OEMs to find a company among the wide range of EMS manufacturers that knew how to produce suitable layouts for an efficient, reliable and error-free series production.
When choosing an EMS, he gives product developers and buyer the opportunity to take the prototype builder’s different manufacturing approaches into account:
We see sophisticated prototyping as an easier way to produce the first model on series systems. We aim to submit a production-ready layout as quickly as possible in order to produce an inexpensive, error-free and reliably-functioning product
With every redesign phase saved this way, customers save at least three months. This time can be an incredibly valuable asset that gives them a crucial lead in the market