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BOOST - Manufacturing Sessions: Design Support

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For more information on BOOST, see here. If you have any specific questions on any of the sessions, the programme more generally, or your eligibility, please email Alice@centralresearchlaboratory.com.


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1. 9th May: Manufacturing advice clinics - RPD International, one hour mentoring sessions to be booked between 12pm and 6pm


1. 16th May: Commercial & Technical Feasibility Clinic - Jim Reeves & Mat Hunter, one hour mentoring session to be booked between 9am and 5pm


2. 30th May: Design for Manufacture - Jim Reeves, one hour mentoring session to be booked between 9am and 5pm


4. 13th June: Testing, Compliance and Quality Control - Jim Reeves, one hour mentoring session to be booked between 9am and 5pm


5. 27th June: Tooling Strategy, Supplier Selection and Supply Chain Considerations - Jim Reeves, one hour mentoring session to be booked between 9am and 5pm


About RPD International:

Customers come to RPD for our efficiency in helping them bring products to market. Our processes and experience, particularly in rapid execution from prototype to market launch, is the reason why FTSE 100 companies trust us to assist their R&D operations. Recent clients include Heineken, Vodaphone, Unilever, Bosch, Landrover and GSK. Whilst working directly with brands and corporates, we also help agencies and consultancies develop product manufacturing strategies in their work with a reliable engineering core to their work.


About Jim:

Jim Reeves is a mentor with CRL with extensive experience in managing product innovation. Jim Co-Invented and developed GravityLight: an innovative and technically demanding lighting solution for the World’s off-grid population. Jim co-founded and led the organisation as Technical Director and Design Lead from concept to delivery. Before founding GravityLight, Jim worked as a product design consultant with a range of businesses, large and small, at therefore design consultants in London. Overseeing and delivering projects from initial scoping, through prototype, productionisation, design for manufacture / assembly, supplier selection, standards compliance and distribution.


About Mat:

Mat leads CRL’s team in developing our programmes and shaping long-term strategy. His career has focused on design-led innovation across a number of fields; firstly at global innovation consultants IDEO, in both San Francisco and London, developing digital products, services and strategies, then as Chief Design Officer at the UK Design Council.



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Manufacturing Advice Clinic - 9th May, one hour mentoring sessions, based at RDP

One to one mentoring 'diagnosis' clinics with RDP's engineers to support with general manufacture/design for manufacture advice.


Design & Commerciability Clinic, Jim Reeves & Mat Hunter - U&I (Victoria)

16th May 2018

The scope of the sessions will be tailored to your venture's needs, but may include:

  • Design expert feedback and analysis
  • Design review in context of costs and commercial feasibility, and route to market, margins and cost structure
  • Exploration of design avenues / investigations to address identified issues, to strengthen your business case


Design for Manufacture - U&I (Victoria)

30th May 2018


The session will explore in depth;

  • A review of each businesses product and roadmap
  • The contractual role with suppliers of production databases
  • Materials
  • Production process
  • Production volume
  • Supplier type

Testing, Compliance and Quality Control - U&I (Victoria)

13th June 2018

The scope of the sessions will be tailored to your venture's needs, but may include:

  • Identifying needs for prototyping and setting objectives for their design, implementation and testing criteria..
  • Defining approaches that will yield appropriate levels of reliable data / proof within the resources and time available
  • Development and definition of testing rigs, programmes and protocols to validate product performance with respect to targets, regulatory requirements and product claims.
  • Planning / designing / commissioning accelerated life testing programmes to underpin product claims and / or meet user expectations. Determining appropriate sample size and strategies to gain adequate data within available resources and time. Assessment of risk.
  • Identification of downstream product compliance requirements within commercial territories of interest, ensuring products can pass as compliant when production units are tested.


Tooling Strategy, Supplier Selection and Supply Chain Considerations

27th June 2018

The scope of the sessions will be tailored to your venture's needs, but may include:

  • Tooling strategy based on scale expectations. Prototype vs. production tooling. Reviewing quotations, specifications and designs for tooling. When to commit. Tooling guarantees, maintenance agreements and projected / guaranteed tool life.
  • The sampling and approval process. Considerations when developing detailed projections to quantify production and fulfilment costs. Fulfilment logistics and services. Import / export process and duty considerations.
  • Due diligence. Assessing supplier appropriateness, capabilities and facilities. Competitive tender. Supplier agreement terms, contractual obligations and implications. Purchase Orders. Ex-factory / FOB.
  • Warehousing and insurance of assets and tooling. Ownership / transferability of tooling and production assets. Agreements on IP ownership. Establishing international supplier's safety, working conditions and employee rights.

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