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.
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