';

Webinar: Medical Devices: Making The Right Choice – Your Case For Quality

Michelle Boucher will participate on a  webinar for medical device companies on Thursday March 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT. In addition, IEEE Spectrum's Dexter Johnson  will moderate this webinar. During the webinar, Michelle will share medical device industry trends. She will also offer advice … [ read more ]

How do CPG Companies Manage Quality? (Survey Invitation)

How do consumer packaged goods companies manage quality? Please share your thoughts in our short Quality Management Survey. Tech-Clarity invites you to join a research study on best practices in quality management.  If you've already completed the survey  –> please share with a colleague or … [ read more ]

New CAD Survey Invite

How Top Performers Implement, Operate, and Maintain PLM Integration (survey findings)

How Top Performers Implement, Operate, and Maintain PLM Integration - Best Practices for Integrating Product Lifecycle Management shares survey results detailing how Top Performers implement their PLM systems. The research uncovers integration challenges and best practices across the PLM Integration Lifecycle, … [ read more ]

Successful Products Start and End with Your Customer (infographic)

Tech-Clarity's Infographic, Successful Products Start and End with Your Customer  provides guidance to CPG companies. By embedding your customer in the middle of your product life cycle, your products will be more successful. The infographic, shows that by capturing insights obtained during the shopping … [ read more ]

CPG Successful Products

Cloud Options for Product Innovation and Development (eBook)

The Exploring Cloud Options for Product Innovation and Development eBook shares our thoughts about the cloud software choices available for product innovation, product development, and engineering software including PLM, PDM, CAD, CAE, and more. The eBook details the different software models available and … [ read more ]

1

Mastering the Development of Smart Products

Share

Tech-Clarity-IssueinFocus-Smart-Products_ThumbIssue in Focus: Mastering the Development of Smart Products – Raising Process and Systems Maturity to Improve Quality and Time-to-Market discusses the impacts that developing “smart” products has on product design and development. The report shares best practices for developing these products and managing the complexity arising from the integration of mechanical, electrical, and software design elements into the final product.

Please enjoy the summary below, or click the report or title to download the full PDF (free of charge, no registration required).

For more information from our sponsor please visit the Dassault Systèmes High-Tech Resources Center.

Table of Contents

  • Introducing the Issue
  • Improve Mechatronic Product Development Maturity
  • Define the Target
  • Plan the Product
  • Validate Early and Often
  • Design by Discipline and Validate to Interfaces
  • Aggressively Manage Change
  • Enable an Integrated Lifecycle View
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • About the Author

Introducing the Issue

Products are getting smarter. Today’s “smart” products leverage an intelligent combination of mechanical, electrical, and software to deliver capabilities that simply weren’t achievable with traditional approaches. Products are more responsive, adaptable, interconnected, and portable than ever. The trend is significant. As Tech-Clarity’s Developing Software-Intensive Products indicates, manufacturers have not only increased the amount of software in products over the last five years, but “the importance of software in products and the level of product innovation driven by software have also increased significantly.”

Smart products are compelling to consumers. It’s hard to compete with a car that drives and parks itself or a clothes washer that senses and adjusts to water conditions, fabric types, and dirt levels. Likewise, a medical device that monitors its performance and schedules service when it needs repair offers significantly higher customer value. Benefits will increase even further as smart products become more aware and communicative, such as mobile phones that interact with neighboring devices, appliances, automobiles, and more.

It’s clear why consumers like smart products, but there are even more reasons for manufacturers to love them. As Tech-Clarity’s Systems & Software Driven Innovation concludes, “Leading companies will look to take advantage of (mechatronics) to improve their ability to tailor products, increase reuse, make agile updates to products in the field, reduce product cost, and lower product development cost.” Smart products are the new reality. What impact do they have on engineering and product development?

Speak Your Mind

*