Our services are focused on creating and developing new industrial products. We propose ideas and concepts related to the product’s functionality, as well as its interaction with its surroundings, using the necessary engineering to turn these ideas into an industrialized product.
We work on the product until we achieve a technically defined version, including a functional prototype if needed and a feasible manufacturable proposal.
Whether you want to create a new product to respond to new market needs or you already have a product concept you want to develop for manufacturing, we put our capacities and creative and engineering tools to face the challenge.
Yes. We can improve its efficiency and its efficacy in carrying out its function, make it more attractive to users, or propose solutions to improve and facilitate its industrialization.
No. We don’t personally build prototypes, but we do manage and control providers who make them. Prototypes are part of our job. That’s why we conduct their assembly and their first trials internally.
No. Our engineering is essentially mechanical. Nonetheless., we are informed and we stay up-to-date with topics including actuators, sensors and communications to include them in our designs. To develop electronic systems, though, we team up with specialized, trustworthy companies in that field.
Our job includes designing industrially feasible pieces to manufacture the product, but we do not conduct industrialization projects. If you consider it necessary, we can provide our support along this process to help you present the product and negotiate possible changes that the providers may suggest, avoiding that these affect key design aspects, and apply them if necessary.
We start by setting up a general vision with you: What is the target audience, what needs must we respond to, with which product, and what your main competitive advantage is. Next, together we will prepare what we call a Product Pile, where we set relations between what are the requirements the involved actors need (users, promoters, owners, manufacturers, etc.) and what is the added value they represent. This way, we can identify which ones add the most value to the product, and, therefore, should be prioritized.
In the Product Pile, we identify how much innovation each requirement needs. Some of these are necessary but don’t require innovations, while others can represent a partial or disruptive novelty. The formers already exist in the market, but can be improved to add more value to the product. The latter are new to the market, and, therefore, can make the difference among competitors and lead to new business opportunities. In our project offer, we present solution proposals related to these two concepts to add the right value to our creative work.
Once the requirements are organized according to their added value, we define a project Roadmap, made up of what we call Development Iterations. These Iterations are small projects in which we solve a group of requirements, complementing and adding value to the product until its development is complete.
We believe that changes are improvement opportunities for the product. That’s why we work on an Iteration basis. After each of them, we evaluate their result with you and we decide if
Iteration-based development is the first tool to manage risk. By the end of every iteration, we can determine if the solutions fulfill our expectations and we look for alternatives. Every Iteration consists of two phases: Development and Product Testing. Development includes designing solutions and experimenting with them in the Virtual Lab to quickly and efficiently reduce technical uncertainties. During Product Testing we experiment with real prototypes to solve any pending uncertainties and provide proof of the value added in that Iteration.
The Virtual Lab is a set of advanced numeric simulation tools which allows us to test the mechanical, technical and fluid-dynamic behavior of our solutions in development. For us, it’s an essential trigger to creativity and innovation. It allows us to take the challenge of developing solutions that would otherwise be very hard to test in real trials, researching many different alternatives and gaining insights into their functionality to improve results.
The product design and development phase could certainly present increased costs, but two key points must be considered. On the one hand, real prototype trials are expensive to implement, and they may not offer enough information if not created correctly due to budget restrictions. Not being able to experiment comprehensively during the development phase can lead to limiting creativity. On the other hand, decisions made during the design and development phase in a project are those with a bigger impact on its future costs. Simulation can help make the right decisions, as it provides insights into the system.
We make a difference between mockups, prototypes and testers. Mockups are non-functional, and they are used to evaluate the product’s appearance, volume and ergonomics. It can have an aesthetic finish or not. Prototypes are functional. These can include partial or complete product mechanisms depending on the Iteration phase the project is in. During the Product Test, we use prototypes to improve its design and present you with the value added in every Iteration. That’s why they have limited life. Testers are a finished-product prototype, with or without aesthetic finishes, and are used to show the product to providers, investors or future clients over a set time.
We believe more in showing those results that add value to the product than thoroughly documenting every single process taking place. Every Iteration takes between one and three months. After the development phase is finished, we will show you the results obtained and the prototype that we will manufacture and test in the Product Test. After that, based on how the prototype works, we will present the value added in each Iteration.
Independently of the results obtained from the different Product Tests, we will provide you with 2D and 3D documentation about the product as a whole and its components, rendered images and demonstrative videos, a report of the possible manufacturing process and a report on the real or virtual trials performed, as a proof of compliance with technical requirements.
The invention is a creative process which goes beyond the usual or the known, and which results in new ideas. Innovation is the practical implementation of ideas, which are not necessarily new, to obtain new or improved products.
Naturally, inventions belong to their creator, but their economic exploitation rights can be transferred to a third party by making an agreement between both actors. That is what we do. The client is always the patent owner, but we are the ones registered as inventors.
A product must satisfy a set of necessary variables that include functions, characteristics and features that the different actors in the project present (users, promotors, owner, manufacturer, etc.). Value is the “metric” that measures how important this project is for each of these actors based on how well it satisfies those variables. This measure can be connected to money, technical aspects, processing times, satisfaction, ethics… The more value a product has, the more successful it will be, and the bigger ROI it will have in the market.
The Agile method first emerged in the software development environment to add more flexibility to the development process, adapt it to changing environments and bring it closer to people’s needs. These principles are applicable to many industrial sectors, but this method’s implementation in physical products is complex due to the experimentation difficulties it represents. We have adapted and adopted the Agile method to accurately define what is the most important, quickly adapt to new emerging opportunities along the development process, and easily manage the inherent risk and uncertainty involved in the type of projects that we work with. We have overcome the difficulties that the Agile method presents in physical product trials by implementing our Virtual Lab.
We believe that we can add an important value to our client by presenting a new vision, which is not influenced by the company’s history and traditions. Additionally, working in very diverse sectors gives us the unique opportunity to observe different solutions, question them and adapt them or invent new alternatives.