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Tomasz Kowcun Tomasz Kowcun | 24.05.2023

What is important when designing a new device?

Key Elements of New Equipment Design

Designing a new device is a process consisting of many different stages, each of which is
important to the ultimate success of the product. Undoubtedly, to be successful in business,
it is essential to carefully analyse your needs, choose the right tools and technology and
ensure that everything is done according to standards and norms. Here are some key
elements to consider when designing a new device:

Purpose and functionality - design basics

They are the first step and the basis for further design, as they determine what functions the
device will perform and what it will be used for. In order to determine the purpose and
functionality, it is necessary to think carefully about the needs of the clients, the problems to
be solved and the current trends and solutions available on the market.

Market analysis - the compass of business

It is a key tool for entrepreneurs who want to assess the potential of their product or service
and identify their position relative to the competition. Market analysis allows us to understand
the needs and requirements of the clients, enabling us to tailor our offerings to their needs.
Furthermore, it allows us to determine the scale and at what rate the market is growing,
which is essential for deciding on a further development strategy.

Industrial design - between technology and customer needs

It is involved in the creation and development of new technical solutions to solve problems
and meet client requirements. Industrial design starts with a requirements analysis, where
engineers identify and assess the client's needs and expectations. Then, they move on to
the design phase, where they create concepts and visualisations of the product, and develop
the required models and technical drawings.

Electronic circuit design – the heart of the device

It is an important element in the development of new products and equipment. Its main
objective is to develop and design electronic circuits that meet specific functional and quality
requirements. Various aspects such as performance, safety, reliability, compatibility and cost
are considered in the electronic design process.

Scalability – flexibility in production

This is an important aspect of the design and production of any product. Scalability of
production is the ability of a company to increase or decrease production to accommodate
changes in demand for products or services. In other words, scalability of production means
that a company can respond flexibly to changes in the market and adapt its production to
ensure that it meets the changing needs of customers.

Companies that are scalable are usually able to increase production to meet the growth in
demand for their products or services, while keeping unit production costs low. In this way,
they can increase their profits because production costs per unit are lower with a larger scale
of production. In this way, companies that are scalable have a competitive advantage in the
market.

Testing and evaluation - checking product quality and functionality

It is another important step in the product development process, as it allows us to confirm
that the product meets all requirements and is ready for the market. This process can involve
different types of testing, including functional testing, quality testing, security testing and
environmental testing. All these tests are carried out to ensure that the product meets
standards, is safe and suitable for its purpose.

Production - realising the vision on a mass scale

Production is the stage where the project is produced on a large scale. In the production
process, it is important to ensure that all products are manufactured according to design
requirements and meet quality requirements. Production is also a process in which tests and
measurements are carried out on products to ensure that they conform to the design and
meet functional and quality requirements. As production progresses, quality control is
applied to ensure that each product is produced to specification and is ready for release to
the market. The ultimate goal of production is to produce a product that is not only functional,
but also aesthetically appealing and meets customer requirements.

Cost - a key element in achieving a satisfactory margin

In addition to the price the buyer pays, costs are a very important aspect of any project. That
is, the cost of production, the cost of developing the device, selling and delivering the
product to the customer. Accurate forecasting and cost management is essential to ensure
project success. To this end, it is essential to carefully plan and monitor all costs associated
with production, such as materials, energy, labour and transport. Controlling costs at an
early stage of a project allows potential problems to be identified and resolved at the design
stage, which in turn allows the project to become more profitable at the production stage. In
addition, accurate cost management allows for better planning and budget forecasting,
which is essential for successful project execution and delivery.

Safety and standards

Designing a new device must also take into account safety requirements and standards. It
must comply with all legal and regulatory requirements, such as standards for electrical
safety, noise emissions or standards for efficiency and electromagnetic compatibility.

Ecology - responsibility for our planet

Ecological designing is extremely important as it reflects a concern for our environment and
its future. Many devices these days are used very intensively, so it is important that they are
designed with energy efficiency and resource consumption in mind. Designers must take into
account issues such as CO2 emissions, energy and water consumption, recycling and
environmental protection. In order to achieve the best possible results, designers should
follow a balanced approach that ensures that ​the appliance is designed and manufactured in
such a way as to have the least possible impact on the environment.

Service - convenient operation

It is a key element that determines the long-term and trouble-free operation of the product.
Nowadays, customers expect high quality service and fast response times in the event of an
emergency. Therefore, service design and planning should be an integral part of the product
design process.

Designing a new device is a complex and involved process. Every aspect of the project is
equally important and should be considered and optimised accordingly. From market

analysis, mechanical and electronic design to production, testing and evaluation, costs,
ecology, service, safety and standards to scalability. It is only by harmonising all these
elements that a successful and sustainable project can be created. It is therefore important
that each is properly looked after.

You can hear more about creating new devices in practice in the fourth episode of our
InquelTalks podcast entitled “5 mistakes in designing a new device”

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