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Increase Quality in the Manufacturing Process

While arguably the most critical aspect of your manufacturing planning, Quality often comes as an afterthought to cost and schedule.

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Quality in Manufacturing 101

Having a product recalled due to a safety problem can destroy a company's brand and irreparably ruin consumer trust. Many companies leave quality to the very end, rather than designing it into the product from the beginning.

As a result, they are left scrambling to fix issues that are identified later in NPI (New Product Introduction process), which can be quite costly, especially if tools need to be modified, long lead-time components need to be ordered, or inventory needs to be reworked. Worse yet, if the product has already been shipped and it has taken a while to identify an issue, there could be a high volume of defective product in the field.

Quality testing takes time, which will impact the schedule. Many companies fail to accurately plan their schedules to include comprehensive testing and time to fix issues that occur. There is always some uncertainty, as it's never feasible to test every possible failure mode and meet cost and schedule targets. Teams must be comfortable and proficient making correct decisions with limited data. Still, building in ample time to test your product will likely pay dividends in the long run.

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As a team of first time founders, the only thing we knew going in was that 'hardware is hard', so we relied on the Dragon team to help us with our quality plan, prepare for our first site visit, and oversee critical initial production runs. Their quality plan helped our team institutionalize quality as a fundamental metric of manufacturing and understand how to measure and manage to our specifications

Sam Shames
Co-Founder, Embr Labs

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