New Product Introduction (NPI)

Paramit’s new product introduction (NPI) process incorporates an industry-accepted set of phase-gate stages that prepares and qualifies products for volume production. Each stage has clearly defined inputs and outputs that allow Paramit and client teams to identify and resolve issues that would affect product quality and cost during volume production. Each gate has an associated sign-off process that ensures all relevant inputs are reviewed and considered before moving on to the next stage. We capture relevant progress metrics and work with you throughout the milestone process to ensure we’re meeting your commitment dates and volumes.

A clear and constant flow of information is maintained with our clients at all times, resulting in a mutual and deep understanding at every point in the project. We want to be on the same point on the page with you — just being on the same page isn’t enough for us. This “Center Point” philosophy guarantees there’s no ambiguity and that all internal and external client team members are in complete agreement at all times.

Transferless Design and Manufacturing

When Lathrop, Paramit’s product development arm, designs your product we employ our exclusive transferless design process which reduces the product lifecycle by 6-9 months and lets you get products to market sooner. We do this by involving our manufacturing team in early phase development review meetings, and they in turn take action items to the supply chain early on to minimize late-in-development issues. This integration of design and manufacturing lets us eliminate schedule delays by pulling New Product Introduction (NPI) tasks forward into the development process while also ensuring exceptional quality from the first product to the last.

Transferless Process in Action

Concurrent design and manufacturing in phase 2-4.

Starting Off Right

Our NPI process starts with a resource requirement assessment, which lets us assemble a team with the right mix of experts for your project. The NPI team then works with the design team to benchmark the product so we fully understand both the design and all functions before any work begins.

Paramit engineers use Valor software to do a thorough Design for Manufacturability (DFM) analysis of the printed circuit board (PCB) layout and then make recommendations for appropriate changes to the board design. We perform an additional DFM at the system level and utilize a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to identify and rate the risks for failures throughout the manufacturing process. Based on the analysis, we determine the best methods, jigs, and tools to use for the actual assembly process.

In parallel, our supply chain experts ensure that all parts are available and analyzed for likelihood of obsolescence. We also evaluate the mechanical assemblies and identify primary and secondary preferred suppliers. Our engineers also analyze the product design to create a defect opportunity list for use in determining DPMO metrics (defects per million opportunities) later in the manufacturing process. They define the criteria for process validation testing (PVT) and work closely with the product development engineers to design and develop product tests and custom fixtures.

When planning and preparation phases are complete, the NPI team starts building the product. We fine-tune, optimize, and validate the PCB and mechanical assembly processes in an iterative fashion until we’re sure these processes result in a cost effective, reliable, quality product. Once the product moves into production, we perform a quality data review (QDR) based on yield metrics and defects per unit (DPU). This data analysis drives the next round of manufacturing improvements.

Quality Results

Paramit’s NPI process results in a seamless startup experience and a comprehensive roadmap for the entire product life cycle. In fact, we’re so committed to the NPI process that we take all the products we manufacture for the first time through it, regardless if the product is new to the market or not.