Drastically Reduce New Product Introduction (NPI) Time: Step 1 of 5
The PCBA phase of new product introduction can be significantly reduced by following 5 logistic steps.
Step 1: Organize the process & develop a materials list:
This step has a dual approach in the design phase.
- Determine critical components
- Create a process checklist
First, gather a list of your critical/specialty components and determine their availability. You could use a web service like https://www.eciaauthorized.com/en for example. Knowing when materials will be available provides a clear timeline for product introduction.
Second, create a footprint of the process. Map out each phase of the project from design to mfg. This will flag issues early and provide the opportunity to address and resolve in a timely manner.
Get your suppliers engaged up front, particularly if unique and/or undefined aspects to your design exist. A lower cost, higher quality product will be your reward. Saving time and money should not be an option.
Next in the series,
Step 2 & 3: Removing lag time for quotes & PO’s.