Keeping track of your contractors and manufacturers will ensure you get a your invention manufactured to the right price and to a set timeframe.

May 24, 2015

Manufacturing Agents

Regardless of where you live or what industry in which you work, you are sure to find agents who are both reputable and less reputable as is the case with a variety of professionals. These individuals often serve to assist inventors as they move through the manufacturing stages of the invention process. However, before you decide to hire an agent for your invention process, let’s take a moment to define what an agent does and the potential costs as well as things to consider prior to hiring an agent. What exactly is an agent? An agent is an individual who […]
April 7, 2015

Project Plans

During the phase of bringing your product to life, you will always need to have some form of indication on when certain tasks should be, are, and will be completed. Usually, this task management is overseen by a project engineer or manager but, if this is your own product, then the job is essentially up to you. While it may seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, project management and timing plans are easy to manage and can be done without any dedicated management software. Timing plans are effective to use when coordinating your overall project to include such factors […]
April 7, 2015

Packaging Cost

The manufacturing should typically include a packaging cost in the initial price that was quoted. However, if you fail to bring this up for discussion, the manufacturer will most likely bulk package your product in a large box for shipping. If you do not specify the type of packaging that you prefer well in advance, do not expect it to come in a nicely packaged box. To ensure that your product is shipped both safely and accurately, I suggest that you have the packaging professionally designed with both of these factors in mind. However, a professionally designed package is dependent […]
March 25, 2015

Why You Need to Control Your Project

When deciding to get an invention designed and manufactured, you will most likely need to liaise with a number of suppliers or contractors who will help you as you progress through the stages of the idea to the final product ready for market. This collaboration is vital to the process as it offers the opportunity to gain valuable industry insight to the benefit of your invention. With this collaboration and involvement also comes the need to effectively maintain control of your project. To do this, meet with all of your suppliers to have a clear understanding of their lead-times (the […]
March 25, 2015

Manufacturing Quotes for Your Invention

If you have reached this stage and are now looking to receive manufacturing quotes for your invention, then you have finalized the design of your product. In this step, you are looking to source manufacturers to supply you with quotes to get your invention made. File Types, 2D CAD Drawings & 3D CAD Models It is extremely important to ensure that, during the design phase, your designer supplies you with all of the files of your product that are required to receive manufacturing quotes. Generally speaking, the majority of the companies in the industry both locally and internationally utilize IGES […]
March 25, 2015

How much will manufacturing cost me?

Manufacturing cost is an important step to consider when you decide to go ahead with your idea, taking the first steps of the invention process. When you decide to order the tooling and proceed into the manufacturing process, you should take adequate time to calculate how much the manufacturing cost will be. Below, I have provided two examples to show you the best method to calculate the manufacturing cost for your new product. Example 1 For this example, I will use typical values for a part that is no larger than your hand. The part is made from plastic and […]
March 20, 2015

Quality Control Management

Quality Control does not get near enough attention as it should with smaller companies and inventors as it does with larger companies. Larger companies make it their primary concern to ensure that quality control is in place while, on the other hand, smaller companies focus more on sales, marketing and distribution. Smaller companies are typically more concerned about making money, which leads to ignoring the importance of quality control over their product. When the focus is placed on sales rather than quality, customers may receive defective parts, which results in loss of money and even reputation. As usual, it comes down to […]
March 20, 2015

Advanced planning for Quality Control

When is the best time to plan for the quality control of your manufacturing process and product? It is best to start planning for quality control during the design phase of the product to work proactively to resolve potential defects or issues throughout the process. Design for Quality Control If your designer is as experienced as they say, then they should thoroughly understand and be able to explain the manufacturing process that they plan to use with your design. Knowing the method then allows you to have a better understanding of potential defects in addition to where and why they […]
March 3, 2015

Communicate with Suppliers

There are a number of ways to communicate with suppliers but this depends on where they are located. I have personally controlled a large number of projects that were all managed in different countries from start to finish. This highlights the importance of developing a Timing Plan. In this chapter, I will help you understand that companies that are far way in distance are not far away because of the technology we have at our fingertips. The preferred and internationally recognised way to conduct business and communicate with suppliers is utilizing one or all of the following: Telephone Skype (or […]
July 9, 2012

What is Project Management?

Project management is basically the method by which you control all aspects of a project and bring them all together in a organised manner (preferably a timing plan). This helps you understand the completed and in-completed tasks, who is doing what and when they are doing it. Your project plan not only helps you but it will also helps your suppliers understand the importance of them getting their part finished on time. If they don’t complete their tasks when they agreed to it causes a knock on effect with the other suppliers and ultimately delays your project. In my experience […]