The Importance of Choosing the Right Materials
Choosing the right material when manufacturing a new product is vital for its success. Clients often come to us with a new product concept or one that is failing in production.
We then work together to determine the function they are trying to achieve. By understanding our client’s needs properly, we can determine the best material to achieve success.
What do we look for in choosing materials?
- Function – what do we need this product to do
- Durability – the product should stand the test of time
- Aesthetics – the fine balance between appearance, durability and cost
- Consistency of performance – the product should record a low failure rate in testing
- Cost – the balance between high quality materials and keeping costs at an appropriate level
Experts in our Field
Years of experience allows us to understand the best materials for a product or function. Often the material required is not a standard one.
We draw on our expertise and knowledge from our team and partners (such as CSIRO) to assess what’s needed.
We have worked across a variety of industries over the years. When we meet with a new client, chances are we have worked with a similar product. This industry knowledge allows us to pick the best material for their product requirements.
Innovative Use of Materials
Clients come to us with failed product prototypes. Often this is because they used the recommended or ‘typical’ material for a certain function or application.
In this situation, we analyse the parts used in the product and how they are functioning. Often we will then test with new innovative materials.
Changing a small component material may be the best way to success and a reduction in failure rates for our clients.
A Client Success Story
A client recently came to us because they were experiencing a 25% product failure rate on assembly. This was a costly process for them.
The process required them to assemble the product for testing and each failure required them to disassemble and assess.
Years of experience led us to believe the issue could lie in one of the seals – a very tiny yet delicate component of this product.
For it to function without failure, this seal had to be absolutely perfect. We looked at what they were doing and how they were doing it.
We then suggested a material because of its compression sealing characteristics – one that would not usually be used in this application. Success followed with the product failure rate going from 25% to only 4%!