Our Process

1

Innovate and Adapt

Before we design, we define the product’s functionality, look and feel, and manufacturability — including parts, materials, and potential suppliers. Our product research and specification solutions provide the foundation for a successful product design and development process.

Boston Engineering’s new product innovation and proprietary phase-gate approach identifies and eliminates project variances before they become costly, time-consuming problems. We incorporate a holistic, systems-level methodology to ensure that each project phase is aligned closely with product goals.

During our research and specification phase we:

  • Innovate new solutions to solve your business and technical challenges
  • Develop new insights through collaboration across our industrial design, engineering, and industry-specific teams
  • Create comprehensive documentation that defines product goals and outlines strategies for success
  • Conduct rapid prototyping and functional testing

2

Mitigate Risk, Optimize, and Advance

We “stress test” assumptions early during the product life cycle to separate strong ideas from also-rans. Clients apply our findings to reallocate budgets and resources to accelerate viable product candidates.

Boston Engineering’s tailored risk assessment process evaluates a client’s industry, product specifications, and other risk factors. During this phase, we:

  • Create the product design using a blend of human factor insights and user research
  • Validate cost and performance assumptions across engineering, production, and materials
  • Assess manufacturability and supply chain risks
  • Evaluate regulatory risks, including the FDA and other federal agency approval delays
  • Develop proof-of-concept prototypes to ensure that key designs will work as expected
  • Model how a product will perform via accelerated lifecycle testing
  • Iterate design, engineering, material selection, and other specifications
  • Create a preliminary bill of materials (BOM)

3

Blueprint, Measure, and Recalibrate

We refine product specifications further during engineering design. Boston Engineering applies analytical rigor during this phase to evaluate how product specification changes will impact functionality, performance, reliability, and cost. We also evaluate hardware and software elements individually, and as part of overall product performance.

We use overarching product goals and our adaptive stage-gate process to select the best options quickly. We also track program progress and recommend specification changes if needed. During this phase, we:

  • Hone industrial design, functionality, and engineering
  • Gauge how specification and component changes affect the performance of other parts, software and systems, and broader design decisions
  • Identify new opportunities to increase product usefulness or value
  • Measure changes in manufacturability and cost
  • Develop subsystem specifications
  • Create breadboards and models
  • Provide hardware schematics and software design documents
  • Create computer aided engineering (CAE) files and models to simulate product performance

4

Test, Analyze, and Confirm

Verification and validation is the last phase gate before finalizing product design. Our verification process ensures that the product design meets client specifications. In validation, we use our data-driven approach to document how the product addresses marketplace and user requirements.

We conduct exhaustive physical testing and comprehensive computer simulation to:

  • Identify and measure the impact of gaps between specifications and the prototype
  • Ensure the product continues to fulfill target user and market needs
  • Model performance during the product’s expected lifetime
  • Develop test protocols (physical prototypes and computer simulations)
  • Establish prototype manufacturing lines
  • Map one-to-one connections between specification requirements and test plans
  • Provide process control to insure high levels of quality
  • Document all prototype and simulation test results
  • Create detailed beta testing procedures