Topic: New Product Development

Manufacturers serving or entering into defense and aerospace markets face simultaneous, and what may be seen as competing, demands. First, manufacturers are tasked with delivering and accelerating product innovation. Second, they must adhere to strict regulatory standards such as International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR). […]

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Product Realization Platform for Each New Product Development Stage Creating quality products in this fast-paced world isn’t easy. Product development involves multiple teams, locations, partners, suppliers, and vendors. These dispersed teams must be synchronized to the same design, ensure regulatory compliance, stay on budget, and respond to customer demands. You […]

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No matter what business you are in, requirements management matters and is, indeed, management–not a one-time collection of voice of customer (VOC) wishes, technical checklists, marketing projections, and sales requests. Without active, day-to-day, week- to-week product management (which we might argue is requirements management), products fail to launch or miss […]

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Creating quality products in this fast-paced world isn’t easy. Product development involves multiple teams, locations, partners, suppliers, and vendors. These dispersed teams must be synchronized to the same design, ensure regulatory compliance, stay on budget, and respond to customer demands.

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Have you ever had to stop your assembly line because a part doesn’t fit? Or halted your manufacturing line because a part did not perform as designed? In both cases adoption and adherence to form fit function rules could have prevented these delays to the production schedule, and allowed your assembly line to work without incident.

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Having well-defined product development processes early on will speed development and ensure a smoother transition to new product introduction (NPI) processes, where the products are launched and commercialized.

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An engineering change order (ECO) is a documentation packet that outlines the proposed change, lists the product or part(s) that would be affected and requests review and approval from the individuals who would be impacted or charged with implementing the change.

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An engineering change request (ECR) form is used to describe a suggested enhancement or problem with a product. The form initiates the change process — it promotes discussions within the organization to help determine the impact of a change and the best possible solution.

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This article describes the importance of the engineering change notice (ECN) and how using an electronic system to communicate changes helps.

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We should consider how we can manage defects for easier, faster new product introductions (NPI) and to continuously improve products.

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While the definition of time to market (TTM) can vary depending on the company and product complexity, for the purpose of this article we are going to define time to market as the period of time from when a product idea has general agreement and resources are committed to the project, to when the final product is built and out the door to a customer.

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