Custom Project Process

Custom Project Process

From Idea to Inception

The flowchart below diagrams the steps of a typical OEM Solution.

Process

You Get What You Want

A necessary step in the process is to have clear and candid discussions with our design team in order to convey everything you’re trying to accomplish—this should not only include performance requirements for the product, but also business issues such as regulatory compliance, product lifecycle management, service and support strategies and IP ownership. These conversations will occur in the “document expectations” portion of the process shown above.

The outcome of these discussions (typically an RFQ or Requirements Document) is written documentation that casts all features, performance requirements, and expectations into three distinct categories.
 

Process

Specs

Specifications

The list of measurable criteria that describe the operation, performance, and quality of the product.

Compliance

Compliance

The method used to demonstrate that the product meets each specification of the design goal.

Assurance

Assurance

The sublist of compliance methods applied to each unit to assure production quality goals.

Custom measuring tool used to verify the flatness of a multi-axis stage against a granite surface. This is an example of a method used for both compliance & assurance.

Start

Getting Started

The success of an OEM solution is highly dependent on the ability to accurately and completely describe a project.

Detail

Detailed Description

A description of the general operation or use of the machine or product—this may include concept sketches or drawings. It should also include the operation of the product and how it works with other components and systems. For example, most applications require some item of interest to be put onto a positioning stage as part of the payload—describe how the stage interacts with and interfaces to other equipment. If you expect new generations of the product to improve on some performance or feature be sure to describe it; it is more effective to describe what you want to accomplish rather than how it will be accomplished.

A custom measuring tool used to verify the flatness of a multi-axis stage against a granite surface. This is an example of a method used for both compliance & assurance