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Electronics Product Development from Idea to Finished Device

Electronics Product Development

What needs to be done to develop an electronics product? Surely, if you are an engineer or a project owner, this question will be on your mind. It is an indispensable process, whether I want to produce a new electronics product development or upgrade an existing one. We find that the process of developing electronic devices goes through several stages that move the product from mere concepts to a complete product that meets the user’s needs satisfactorily and reliably.

Therefore, you must know all its stages even if you are not in this field, and of course, if you are a project owner it will be very useful to know these steps to be aware of the requirements of the work team and their specializations. Below are the stages in which electronic products are generally developed.

1. Idea

It is the initial stage, during which the product idea is initially conceptualized, taking into account the user’s requirements and the feasibility of its technology, focusing mainly on the problems experienced by the user. If the product already exists, potential issues that need solutions will be investigated.

2. Concept

Here the idea takes an actual and clearer form, so that developing the idea of a new device or product, or even developing the idea of a device based on an existing product, begins with defining the purpose of the device for the target user. We also find at this stage that the process of clarifying the components and electronic elements necessary for the product and the programs used to design it is extremely important to ensure the smooth process of assembling the components.

Electronics Product Design

3. Research and pre-design

This stage comes after the idea becomes clear, agreed upon, and will be implemented. We begin by drawing schematic diagrams, pre-designing the electronic circuits of the device, making a list of the electronic components needed to configure the device, and determining the specifications of the components. This will certainly require careful research, in addition to estimating the cost of the prototype. By identifying the necessary items and components, their prices will certainly be determined, thus estimating the cost. As well as identifying the most important risks that may lead to product failure during the manufacturing stage. If you do not have sufficient experience in electronic circuit design processes, you should look for a team capable of helping you in your electronics product development.

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4. Development

Now you have an agreed-upon initial design, the components and elements you need, and a thorough study of risks and costs. So, you are now ready to start the process of creating a new electronic hardware device, which involves two stages

  • Design
    After all, components are agreed upon and provided, the design process begins with making basic drawings that include the appropriate shape of the device, which in turn will be attractive to the user, and also making basic drawings for its various components together. Therefore, we find that this stage is the one in which the prototype is developed non-functionally.
  • Engineering
    This is the stage in which the initial design turns into a practical and functional model. This stage includes all detailed engineering operations such as PCB and 3D design, in addition to programming operations for digital controllers, microcontrollers, and many electronic operations. At this stage, any tests must be carried out in one way or another to avoid defects or any type of malfunction in the printed circuit board that would affect the production of the prototype. Here the focus is generally on producing a functional prototype that contains the basic features of the device and meets the requirements.

Keep in mind that since electronics product development is the process by which that product is created, your team must have different skills and experience, as it consists of two phases as mentioned earlier. This will certainly help ensure that the product is manufacturable and also satisfactory to all parties.

5. Prototypes

This is a very important stage in electronics product development, where the functional functions of the product are tested very carefully. For example, if your device has a microcontroller, you should test it and make sure that it controls the function of the various components on the board and performs its tasks stably. Hence, such tests enable us to identify defects and areas for improvement and review and test the design whether it meets quality standards and user requirements. Therefore, we find that the prototype is a very important and responsible stage, as the process of manufacturing the final product depends on it. In general, we find that at this stage the design and engineering stages of development are combined to produce a Prototype suitable for manufacturing and production.

Electronics Product Development Test

6. Test

Once it is approved and it is confirmed that the prototype meets all requirements, and is produced, the stage of testing this product begins and making sure that it is compatible with what the customer needs. These tests may include, for example, the user himself testing the product, field testing, i.e. After the product passes all these tests and is finally approved, the marketing process for the product begins, by putting it on the market and distributing it in an organized and thoughtful approach.

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7. Improvement

At this stage, the person must be more flexible and effective, so you must follow up and continue the process of improving that product, and this is based on the observations and comments provided by the customer through his personal experience with the product. Naturally, if there is any need to improve the product, it will include changes that may occur either in the design of the product itself, its functions, or even changing the methods of marketing it. Therefore, we find that the process of improving the product is extremely important to maintain the quality of the product and its continuity in the markets

Finally, I can say that the electronics product development process may take time and effort, but by following these steps in an organized and smooth manner, you have generally succeeded in producing and developing a new electronic product to the market. So, what are you waiting for start now?

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