Tag Archives: Product Development

Calling All Engineers: Beyond Form, Fit and Function for Formulated Products

Like most engineers, I learned about rules of interchangeability back in school. These rules help companies decide whether a product change should require a new item number or simply a revision of the same item number. The standard “form, fit and function” (F/F/F) definition has served the needs of discrete manufacturers well for a long time. But what about formulated products?

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Four Reasons to take a Rapid Prototyping Approach to Your PLM Implementation

Many companies view product lifecycle management (PLM) implementations the same old way they’ve viewed enterprise system implementations (like ERP) for years. As a result, companies tend to follow the same waterfall implementation approach. The waterfall approach, which originates from very structured project methodologies in the manufacturing and construction industries, is a linear and sequential approach to software implementations.

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Embracing Quick Wins and Quick Losses

When moving a new product or service through the development cycle, there are generally four outcomes a New Product Development (NPD) team can expect. Two of these outcomes are especially good – although which ones they are might surprise you. It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the positive outcomes does not result in revenue – or even a product – and organizations must learn to embrace this notion.

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Want to Create Products Customers Love? Integrate User Experience

Chad McAllister interviews Larry Marine about about the critical steps for applying UX to product development. Larry is a User Experience expert that has helped many companies improve their products as well as design new products. He came to the field of UX through Don Norman’s Cognitive Science program at UC San Diego. Norman is frequently referred to as the father of UX and Larry learned directly from him.

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Lifting the Lid on UDI’s Pandora’s Box

While working to comply with the rule, manufacturers have realized that the problem to be solved is multi-faceted and interconnected. It’s like the ancient Greek myth of Pandora opening the box releasing the not-so-pleasant things into the world. Although kinder to the industry than originally anticipated, the FDA’s UDI ruling is more complicated than just a labeling change, making implementation a challenge.

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