The development of a new product should always start with a specification. A specification’s main function is to clarify the idea and decide on its scope and performance. This sets down the design of the product and is a clear, agreed description of what the product is, what it achieves, how it operates and how it is to be made.
All other requirements are included at this stage.
A low production cost to allow competition in a given marketplace might be a feature.
The avoidance of infringement of existing patents may be required or it may be necessary to have a patent for the new product.

When the specification is completed and agreed, then the development of the product can begin. All the facets of the design can now be planned and options for alternative aspects can be considered. It is at this stage that we will begin to carry out relative patent searches. We will be able to draw up a realistic timescale for the project and work out an approximate cost for the project.

Within this phase we can begin the CAD. Computer modelled parts and assemblies can be created and your product will begin to take shape. As part of this process we can create a series of concepts for you to appraise and decide on how your product could potentially look. Component details and costs can be collected, sub-contracts can be instigated and all the aspects of the development can be assessed.

The outcome of the project defined earlier will start to come to fruition as the development continues. Sample will be produced, rapid prototypes or prototypes will be created, and drawings will be finished. These will be approved tested, evaluated and modified as the project nears its conclusion.

Pre-production parts may be needed for field trials and customer evaluation, industry standard tests may need to be carried out and patents applied for before the project is completed.

When you are happy with your design, the next step is to manufacture a prototype. Here we can manufacture a working model of your idea for you to see and for us to test the design. We can use this prototype to make improvements and perfect the overall functionality or aesthetics of the product.

When the prototype has been approved we can then test and prove the performance of your product. This will identify areas where the design might need to be altered or improved and provide information for your sales literature or to support your marketing efforts.

If you already have a product, which requires testing for performance for your sales literature, gain the requisite approvals for CE marking, electrical approvals, thermal testing or efficiency testing then we can provide that service for you.

If your idea requires new or novel technology, new materials or processes, we can provide expertise on research for the project and manage the research for you. We have excellent contacts with research partners in industry and with universities.