After a fair amount of research considering your, USP (unice selling point), material choice, and industrial design and cost, it’s time to take your ideas to the prototype stage.
Watch and learn.
Making a prototype will further your practical knowledge and understanding of the processs, and give you the benefit of trying it out on customers. Watch them interact with the product, type down their first reactions and over all impressions. At this point you might encounter flaws — try seeing it as an opportunity to modify the design.
To avoid manufactoring costs create several basic models when trying out your brilliant new concept. If possible make them yourself or ask around in your network — someone might have just the skills you need.
Package is everything.
Even though you have an amazing product, without a stunning package design no one will notice. This is the customers first impressions and what ultimately sells. The design should reflect your USP and tell your specific story. Maybe you want it to be cohesive with other products in your brand?
At the same time you must have the customers in mind; who they are and their preferences. There is also a functional dimension, packaging should protect the product from getting damaged in the distribution. Get inspired by others designs and play around, remember this is one of the fun parts.
Most of the plastic products purchased at the local departmental store are made from plastic injection moulding. Some well-known plastic products such as chairs, toys, and electronics are all manufactured through the process of plastic injection moulding.
Injection moulding was a response to billiard manufacturing in the 19th century which used ivory from African elephants. There were so many billiard balls being made at the time that it was endangering the African elephant population.
The injection moulding process is relatively simple in principle. It involves an injection of melted plastic into a mould to create a product. However, the injection moulding machine is much more complex then people know. There are three main parts which are the injection unit, mould, and the clamp. Plastic pellets in the hopper are fed into the barrel of the injection unit.
A screw pushes the pellets forward inside the barrel and heated bands wrapped around the barrel warm up the plastic. The pellets are moved forward by the screw and eventually melt. The mixture is extremely hot when it reaches the front of the barrel. Molten plastic in front of the screw then moves forward. The screw injects the hot plastic into the mould. The plastic becomes harder usually within a minute and the mould opens with the plastic product. The mould closes back again and the manufacturing process continues.
One of the most important parts of the machine is the reciprocating screw. It has flights which are wrapped around the shaft. The screw rotates and transports the plastic through the barrel. It mixes the plastic within the flights. The action of the screw agitates the pellets within the flights to make a consistent mixture. The screw’s movement also heats the plastic because of the clever design which presses the plastic next to the wall for consistent heating.
The design was truly revolutionary at its time and only a few important heating modifications have been made since its early creation. It is an invention that has stood the test of time.
Moving always mean loads of work and planning in many areas, this is a fact both for individuals and companies. There is, of course, even more work involved for a business, as this is a more complex operation. When moving abroad this gets even more complicated still. There are both legal and practical aspects to have in mind when moving to another country. Finding the perfect location for the business is indeed not the biggest issue, even though this could be somewhat problematic in itself. To begin with, the company needs to be registered in the country where it is moving in order to be able to continue its business there.
Why, then, would a company want to relocate to another country? There could be several different reasons for this. One would be to get closer to important customers, suppliers or even to certain factories. Another reason for moving to another country might be to reduce costs connected to transportation of goods, cost of hiring people, and more.
It is no secret that production in the western world is very costly, and manufacturers therefore place production in countries in other parts of the world: China, Bangladesh, South Korea and the like. In addition, to be close to the production areas greatly reduces costs, in many ways. It might also be a great idea to be close to a factory in order to have more control of production quality and product development in general.
Of course, moving a corporation is far from cheap. Apart from many hours of planning, considering the legal matters right before this is even feasible is of the utmost importance. However, when all of these time and money consuming tasks are done, there is much to be won, and moving abroad could really become the gamechanger your business needs to thrive and be a winner.