When it comes to custom product design and development, Benchmark is the industry leader. We proactively partner early on with our customers to focus on Design for Excellence (DFX) strategies, examining all phases of a product lifecycle before production begins.
Our engineers focus on the critical, purpose-driven factors of design, which include:
Benchmark serves as a trusted advisor to our customers throughout the engagement to ensure products include these crucial design elements. By applying our proactive DFX principles to each and every project, we’re able to manufacture higher quality products with considerably shorter lead times, lower costs, and less risk. Designing it right the first time, on time, is the fastest path to market leadership.
When partnering with our customers to design a printed circuit board, device or complete system, a critical consideration is manufacturability. Benchmark applies more than 40 years of manufacturing experience to the Design for Manufacturability process. Our engineering and manufacturing teams work hand-in-hand to carry out a thorough review process that looks at five principles: process, design, material, environment and compliance/testing. By analyzing risks and suggesting design changes when needed, we ensure that a board, component or product can be efficiently manufactured with no embedded costs during the product lifecycle.
Benchmark’s Design for Quality process guarantees premium results throughout the product lifecycle. To avoid costly defects, reworks, re-qualifications and overhead demands that rob resources, we implement a full suite of tools, including computational and experimental analysis. We review each design to ensure it’s free of any flaws that may cause production challenges or reduce the quality of the finished product or prototype. By raising and resolving issues early, using multifunctional teamwork, and proactively minimizing all types of risk, we optimize innovation and save time once the product or component hits the production floor.
Benchmark has vital expertise in component engineering and knowledge of the supply chain, which allows us to manage direct materials, work with approved vendors and analyze the interchangeable parts they provide. Another important aspect of our Design for Component capabilities is our ability to manage the product lifecycle by determining component obsolescence or fit-to-form functionality. Each of these considerations are critical to ensuring the right component at the appropriate cost is integrated into the end product.
Product design and development budgets are becoming more and more constrained, and OEMs are in need of a partner who is proficient at avoiding unnecessary costs. At Benchmark, our engineering teams have a high-level of expertise in cost management. We leverage a systematic Design for Cost process to make the right decisions early in the product lifecycle to ensure that production costs don’t accumulate over time. Our in-depth value analysis/function analysis, and analysis of supplier involvement, allows us to find savings in material and component use and supplier engagement. At Benchmark, we consider cost considerations as a critical design parameter in our product development activities.
Benchmark test development engineers work directly with customers to ensure their innovations are Designed for Test. Our goal is to drive higher product quality and reduce new product introduction costs by ensuring standard test approaches can be developed to avoid expensive test processes. We accomplish this through a comprehensive and iterative three-step process aligned with market standards where we review more than 20 critical test considerations. We leverage the extensive knowledge of our engineering and manufacturing teams to collaborate on a smarter test solution.