From Drawing Board to Distribution: How Modern Tech Production Works
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From Drawing Board to Distribution: How Modern Tech Production Works

The technology industry is one that goes through regular change with many new developments being produced at a very rapid rate to deal with everyday issues in the modern world. However, as the production rate seems to grow in speed many have begun to wonder about the specific steps that take place from when an idea is had to the final production and release of a new tech gadget to mainstream retailers. There are in fact many steps to the process which a product must go through before it is deemed high quality enough and safe for everyday use by the public.

Theoretical Idea

The first step in the process behind most tech production would have to be the initial thought or idea that is used as inspiration. Some of the brightest minds in the industry have stated that the first thought or idea usually stems from an issue that is faced by many out there in the world with the idea being to come up with a modern tech solution that can be implemented to rectify the issue or problem.

Initial Design

After the idea has been presented to a team of tech producers it is time to start to set in motion the actual design process, this is one that could go through many stages itself with multiple designs usually being produced to ensure that no stone has been left unturned in terms of a new device’s functionality. The initial designs of a product may change as testing is started and the results from said testing could influence a new feature or design to be produced which would result in a  product redesign. It is important to cover as many details within the product’s design process as this will lay down the foundations to work towards the finished product.

Pitching the Idea

When the idea and design is at a stage where the final product is clear in your mind and there is some clarity around what the device will do and look like it is time to pitch the idea to your company to get another perspective and opinion. You should try and give all of the information and results of any findings to back up your idea as most company boards are looking for something that will bring in profit and set the business apart from any competing tech developers.

Prototype Development

When you reach the stage when as much research has been done as possible and the designs have been pushed in terms of all the final possible outcomes you should start thinking about developing a prototype device. Having access to a physical representation of your final device will seriously help the development and design process, as you will very clearly be able to see any flaws in the product or any areas that need rectifying before the design can be taken to the mass production level. Having a prototype to show people is also a great opportunity to get some genuine customer feedback as they will be better at commenting on something they can actually see.

Testing Phase

Having a prototype to help visualise the product is great but it means nothing if it doesn’t actually work the way that you want it to, this is why the prototype should be put through rigorous testing as you need to make sure the product does what is required whilst being safe and easy to use for the customer. When it comes to something as sensitive as the technology you need to make sure that all elements of the design are tested thoroughly before it is released to the production level.

Mass Production

After plenty of testing has taken place and all of the legal and safety requirements and tests have been met you will be able to start the process of production to build your stocks ready for shipping to your tech retailers. You should continue the testing process throughout production in order to catch any flaws in the process that could take place, although with all of the prior planning and preparation that would have taken place at this point these should be limited and extremely minor.

Distribution

The final step in the process is distributing the final product and packaging to retailers, this is when all of your hard work comes to fruition and you will finally see people buying your product in the real world. After the production process, you should have a large volume of stock to sell and manage within your warehouse. If you are not the most experienced with moving large amounts of product I would definitely recommend investing in the right equipment and finding second hand forklifts in your area, which will help save you some money and ensure you can move large amounts of stock with little effort.

Barbara
Barbara Jones is a technology savy journalist. She loves to cover gaming, gadgets, AI and financial technology. Prior to becoming a journalist, Barbara was an IT professional.
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