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WHY PRODUCT ARCHITECTURE IS IMPORTANT


It’s almost impossible to get a competitive BOM cost if you don’t know the components option available in China, and you cannot simply change a camera module after your team has spent 9 months optimizing the firmware for that specific module. A smart product architecture based on solid component research is the foundation for any electronic products success.

At Titoma we involve suppliers very early on in the process, to ensure smooth implementation into China manufacturing, and to shorten the component lead-times. Picking, for example, a slightly different flavor of the STM32 micro-controller means we can cut the order lead-time from 12 to 5 weeks.

IN ELECTRONIC PRODUCT ARCHITECTURE FOR CHINA MANUFACTURING COMPONENT CHOICES DEFINE 60% OF THE COST

60% of the unit cost of a product is decided in the architecture stage, and 20% during the design. As they say at Toyota: ‘‘Skillful improvements at the planning and design stage are ten times more effective than at the manufacturing stage.’’

It is easy to use an on-line database from, say, Digikey to select all your components, but if you design your electronic product without sufficient knowledge of what China has to offer you are missing a lot of information, making your product needlessly expensive.

Quite a few start-ups base their design on Arduino because it is easy and quick to use. If they then continue to spend a year on optimizing the firmware based on Arduino’s Atmel processor they will lose all that work if they later discover that an STM processor is much more affordable.

And the further you advance in the design process, the more expensive it gets to change something. So if 95% of a product’s design is already prototyped and validated in California, you can hire a really smart China manufacturing consultant, but there is little they can optimize on the unit cost.

 

KEY TECHNOLOGICAL CHALLENGES ARE WEIGHED AGAINST COST EFFECTIVENESS

We work closely with your team to define the user and functional requirements of the new product, and we determine the key technological challenges. Next, our sourcing team evaluates parts from the full spectrum of costs effective components available both in China and elsewhere, so we can deliver the best possible performance within the target cost. To compare and validate the various options we often build rough partial prototypes.

 

TECHNICAL AND ECONOMICAL FEASIBILITY

By the end of this first phase we have a cost effective system architecture with confirmed choices for the main electronic components, and a realistic unit cost estimate. This allows you to confirm both the technical and economical feasibility before we kick of the project in full.

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    Titoma HWW Architecture

    We work closely with your team to define the user and functional requirements of the new product, and we determine the key technological challenges. Next our China sourcing team evaluates the full spectrum of costs effective components available, in China and elsewhere, so we can..Read More

  • Industrial Product Design

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  • Mechanical Engineering

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    The job of our mechanical engineers is to realize the original ID design intent as faithfully as possible, while meeting a host of other requirements as well. Our mechanical engineering team not only optimizes the design of every plastic and metal part for robustness and..Read More

  • Electronic Engineering

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  • Embedded System Firmware Design

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  • Electronic Prototyping

    Titoma HWW Prototyping

    During the development we produce several prototypes, often first a partial electronic prototype to compare key components. Then a few iterations of complete working prototypes. For reasons of IP protection and speed we do our prototyping in-house, the housings 3D printed and the electronic circuits often hand-soldered...Read More

  • Injection Mold Making

    Titoma HWW Molds

    Once the shape of the plastic and metal parts is frozen we make the steel molds used to mass produce the housing and other parts. Our Taiwanese mechanical engineers discuss the mold drawings with the Chinese mold makers to assure both the robustness and the..Read More

  • Pilot Production Run

    Totoma HWW Pilot Run

    While earlier prototypes have been carefully assembled by our engineers, the test is now if we can replicate the same quality in mass production, and so for a pilot to be valid it needs to be done on the same assembly line by the same..Read More

  • Testing & Certifications

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    The pilot run product are subjected to a battery of test, such as accelerated aging, temperature shocks in our heat chamber, drop tests with and without packaging, water & dust ingression tests to meet for example the IP67 standard. But with all the testing we..Read More

  • Mass Manufacturing in China

    Titoma HWW Mass Manufacturing

    Design For Manufacturing (DFM) it is not something that can be done as an afterthought when a design is 95% ready, for us Design For China Manufacturing drives our design process right from the start, beginning with the electronic product architecture.  

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