10th Jan 2020
24th May 2016
Bespoke design – a process at the heart of Heber
At the very heart of Heber is a strong capability for designing bespoke electronics – unique and exactly fit for purpose. How does the bespoke design process start? Normally, with a requirement the client has identified, along with a goal and a timescale – it’s our job to identify a solution and make it happen.
At Heber we really like to be part of the early concept stage of an idea. It’s where most of the big challenges and problems tend to stand out. Most often, the challenges that can be identified early are mostly straightforward to resolve. However, some are more complex and can make all the difference to a development success and commercial viability of a new product.
We relish the challenge of new innovation, but that’s always tempered with the realistic way we look at the end goal, and ultimate commercial success for everyone. We also have a very open and optimistic view on product developments with all types of clients, from small companies with one individual inventor, to global based companies with their own strong teams of engineers.
Why is bespoke design important? Good design and refinement of the manufacturing process are important to ensure a great product is delivered. With electronics you don’t tend to save all that much using a generic starting point. The design of a product, the look and feel of a user interface, operation and the target customer’s needs generally drive solutions away from a generic ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Our first step is to talk with our clients. We meet and discuss the needs of the product, both commercial and technical requirements and aim to fully understand what is required.
We then discuss project funding. Clients often want to own everything, including all IP, manufacturing files and documentation. We can support that approach and recognise that where clients pay for the full development, they own the IP. However, we can, and do still help with manufacturing setup to best support the project. We always consider alternative ways to fund a development and will fund innovations for a share in the success of product sales via a manufacturing license or sale of the technology. Over the years we have also developed the skills necessary to design for manufacture offshore in China, for example. We understand that not everything can be manufactured in the UK and have a design capability skilled and flexible enough to support offshore manufacture.
Small businesses can often find product development a struggle with many challenges to overcome to deliver a product to manufacture. Producing a design that will operate how the user expects whilst ensuring compliance with a host of approvals, safety and certificate documentation as well as tooling, testing and quality control of a product can be tough. Again at Heber, we will share our expertise in this area to deliver a professional proposal and target specification for a project. We will discuss the various stages, each costed and separated, so that a stage-gated step-by-step process can be followed to support small businesses.
Our approach to design ensures that we are able to look for long term partnerships and multiple development opportunities. We have a desire to be our client’s design authority for electronics and product development. Our practical application of technical skills allows us to specialise in successful product developments that interact with the real work – for large and small businesses.
If we can help you with your approach to design or you have a particular design issue you would like to discuss please contact Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org