New Product Introduction

Taking the product from a low-volume Production Prototype (PP) prototype to high-volume manufacturing is the purpose of the New Product Introduction (NPI) phase.


Supply Chain Selection

Nominate and select the vendors that will form a part of your manufacturing supply chain. This entails preparing an RFQ package, visiting vendors and factory sites, and perhaps factory audits.

Certifications & Tests

Various certifications may be required at this stage including FCC, carrier and network certifications, UL, or industry-specific certs. In addition, product quality testing such as REL (Reliability, Environmental, Lifecycle) will be performed.


Depending on product materials, form, and desired volume, develop tooling for mass manufacturing. Tooling will entail design, T-0, T-1, and first article inspection review.

Engineering Validation Test

Produce a small quantity of (EVT) samples from the production supply chain (often hand assembled) to validate the product performance, tolerances, and key featureset.

Design Validation Test

Produce a moderate quantity of (DVT) samples from the production supply chain using final fixture and tooling to validate the product cosmetic qualities and design.

Product Validation Test

Produce a substantial quantity of (PVT) samples to exercise and validate the production equipment, fixtures, process, and quality control procedures. PVT units are fully assembled, including final packaging, and are ready to ship.

At the beginning of the NPI phase you will have a great prototype, at the end you will have a great product.

Many activities are encompassed in the NPI phase, but they are all geared around getting the production supply chain setup and getting the product ready for market. Example tasks that are performed in the NPI stage are supply chain vendor selection, cutting tools, product certification, compliance testing, quality assurance setup and testing, and the first production shipment.

  • Project Definition

    Step 1

    Project Definition

  • Engineered Prototype

    Step 2

    Engineered Prototype

  • Production Prototype

    Step 3

    Production Prototype

  • New Product Introduction

    Step 4

    New Product Introduction

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