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Optimize your Manufacturing Schedule

From long lead times to testing and certifications, many factors will influence your manufacturing schedule.


Manufacturing Schedule 101

In consumer electronics, the product sales cycle is often driven by the winter holiday season. Many companies make the majority of their revenue for the year in the last month of the year. Being late to market can be devastating, as the company will need to wait another year before the sales opportunity comes back. In this time, they will need to cover the financial burn of the team, and are more susceptible to competitive threats after they have marketed their product.

In high volume, as opposed to prototyping quantities, many components have lead times. For some electrical components (i.e. MLCC) these can be over a year. For fabricated parts, such as injection molding tooling, it often takes up to 8 weeks to make the tool. If a company has not factored in these lead times, they will either miss the sales cycles or erode their margins paying for expedited shipping.



Three Phases of Manufacturing Activities


Manufacturing Phases

Engineering Validation Test
EP / EVT (Engineering Pilot / Engineering Validation Test)
  • Build and test several units that function as expected
  • Learn about new requirements from users
Design Validation Test
FEP / DVT (Final Engineering Pilot / Design Validation Test)
  • Fix items from prior phase
  • More testing
  • Achieve final design aesthetic
PP / PVT (Pre Production / Production Validation Test)
  • Build and test a lot of units that function as expected
  • Final ID
  • Move from engineering to production floor

Typical Manufacturing Schedule


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