What is low-volume, high-complexity manufacturing?
Proving that novel technology is manufacturable is always a challenge. This process is best handled by a team that excels in low-volume, high-complexity manufacturing. This kind of manufacturing often involves building customized fixtures, skilled quality teams, and lots of agility.
Low-volume, high-complexity manufacturing is all about taking a design and vetting it out through production. It’s an extension to the earlier phases of the product development cycle. Once a product’s manufacturing process is verified and validated, it can be seamlessly transferred to a contract manufacturer for high-volume production.
Let’s explore the key reasons why you might consider hiring a manufacturing partner.
Where does low-volume manufacturing fit into your development timeline?
How to find the right manufacturing partner
One of the primary considerations when selecting a manufacturer is assessing how much product you plan to produce. Some manufacturers are capable of producing hundreds of thousands of a single product, while others specialize in building highly complex offerings at low volumes (that’s us!).
Complexity & Materials
Another key consideration is what kinds of fixtures may be needed to produce your product and the overall complexity of the production process. Will you be able to just plug into an existing manufacturer’s capabilities or will you need a partner that can create a customized plan?
Past Experience & Agility
Finally, you’ll want to consider the manufacturer’s past experience and their ability to act in an agile, flexible manner. A lot can arise during the early stages of manufacturing. You’ll want a team with enough experience to know how to handle issues related to quality, product design, verification and validation testing, and so much more. If you’re seeking a partner to take on high-complexity, low-volume manufacturing work, it will also be important to look for partners that value attention to detail. These projects require one-on-one focus and close collaboration.
Why partner with a product developer for manufacturing?
Get the one-on-one attention your product deserves
When you work with a traditional contract manufacturer, you’re one of many. Goddard isn’t a contract manufacturer – we’re a product development company that offers manufacturing to our clients as needed. Here, you’ll get our undivided attention in our manufacturing space as we work to create customized processes that meet the needs of your product.
Product design and manufacturing go hand-in-hand
These days, the liability associated with products that fail is high. Products, especially medical devices, are more complex than ever. Proving your product’s design, reliability, and manufacturability are critical components of the product development process and they are happening in tandem these days. By choosing to partner with a product developer for early-stage manufacturing, you can ensure that your product is well-designed to meet the needs of your customers and that it’s manufacturable.
Get support for your development builds without interrupting ongoing production
Want to validate your new product’s production process but don’t want to lose time and money by interrupting your current production systems? This is where a low-volume, high-complexity manufacturing partner can step in. Our product developers can set up customized pilot lines at Goddard to prove out your new product, leaving your current systems free to continue producing your existing products.
Working with Goddard
Goddard’s team of experienced, reliable engineers and designers can help guide you through the product development process or plug into existing projects as needed.
If you’re looking for a skillful partner to help get your next project started, check out some of our Featured Projects or dive into Our Process to learn more about how we approach product development.
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