MARND manages the production process from early stages using a cyclic loop of prototyping and design optimisation, followed by pre-production and test deployments. After the product performance is satisfactory to all stakeholders, relevant producers are surveyed for matching capabilities and suitable ones are selected for the product supply chain. Mass production is then managed up until quality control is done and products are dispatched.
Review and Optimisation
Test results throughout the prototyping cycle are reviewed to highlight challenges and areas for improvement. The design is then either improved through modification or is redone from scratch to provide maximum improvement.
This process is cyclic in nature, and usually require repetition of prototyping and test cycle, as well. The process can theoretically be done for an infinite number of times as improvement is always the outcome. However, practical projects require the design to be frozen once the improvement between cycles goes below a relatively low percentage.
Technical documents are prepared to highlight important controlled features. The documents are prepared in universally understood standards and clearly communicate product specifications, e.g. dimensions and tolerances. This helps producers analyse and comprehend production requirements and reduce explanation needed, regardless of their experience, language or geographic location.
These documents are particularity important, since they are usually produced in PDF format that is easily printable by most producers and does not require any specific technical program to review. These documents are crucial elements in the production process. In some cases, these documents could be prepared to be used in a legal capacity, as they can usually verify production quality limits.
The first preproduction sample is made based on technical drawings. This verifies product functionality, specifications, and aesthetics. Additional improvements required can then be fed again into a design review and optimisation loop and a new preproduction sample is produced, accordingly.
Supply Chain Setup
The product is divided up into multiple sets of parts based on required manufacturing processes and parts materials. Manufacturers capable of manufacturing each set are contacted from MARND’s shortlist, reasonable offers are compared and manufacturing decision is finalised.
The supply chain is monitored using online progress monitoring. Continuous communication is maintained to ensure challenges are solved promptly. Manufacturing micro-processes are continuously reviewed to maintain quality production and avoid challenges at the assembly line. The assembly line setup is reviewed for improvements and quality maintenance. On-site checks to ensure production progression are available for reasonable fees.
Final parts and assemblies are reviewed for conformity and performance. Dimensions are checked for consistency and the products specifications are verified. For most new products non-confirming units can be a significant percentage. These are replaced by supplementary production to achieve the required number of units. Product patches that pass quality control tests are packaged and shipped according to requirements.