Preparing for Manufacture 3-day programme

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Test, Validate and Communicate Your Product Requirements to Manufacturers

Are you:
  • An early stage electronic/ IoT hardware startup taking your first product to manufacture?
  • A scaling product company developing your first in-house design?
  • Unsure exactly what to expect from manufacturers and what to look for when deciding if they’re up to the job?
  • Trying to plot a course to product launch, but unsure what the costs and timeline might look like?
    This programme is delivered through an exciting new partnership that brings together two of the UK’s leading supporters of hardware innovation for the first time.
    Mouser Electronics is a worldwide distributor of semi conductors and electronic components, specialising in the rapid introduction of new products and technologies for design engineers. Mouser has partnered with CRL to support startups through the product development process.
    The Central Research Laboratory work with entrepreneurs to launch award-winning businesses and have built a global reputation in hardware-focused support.
    Over 3 half-day sessions, a team of experts from Mouser, CRL, selected partners and suppliers from their networks, will guide you through the process of preparing for production, testing and validating your product design, finding and connecting with suppliers, communicating your requirements, formalising and managing the relationship to ensure your first batch of the product meets your commercial targets, timelines and customer expectations.
    The right approach to pre-production prototyping, testing, validation and the preparation and communication of clear product design requirements will not only save your business vast amounts of time and money but also ensure the roles and responsibilities in your supply chain are clearly defined and aligned to deliver reliable and cost-effective products.


      Duration: 12 hours (across 3 days)
      Dates: Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th February 2022
      Times: 9 – 1 pm each day (with a break in the middle)


    • The manufacturer mindset and how to make your first approach
    • Physical prototyping, testing and validation of mechanical and electronic designs
    • Choosing the right components and processes for prototype and production
    • Requests for Quotation (RFQ) and communication of your Product Design Requirements
    • The purpose and structure of supplier agreements
    • Getting supplier contracts right
    • Production data formats, technical communication, manufacturing drawings, BOM and production database management
    • QA and QC through the supply chain
    • Getting your product tested, gathering your product compliance documents and managing your CE database


      In addition, eligible startups will also receive a COMPLIMENTARY 2-week hot desk membership at the Central Research Laboratory.


      This is an in-depth course provided to a small group of participants to ensure maximum value. Because of this, space is extremely limited and we require startups to apply for a place. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis so apply early for the best opportunity of being selected.

You can find out more and apply here via Eventbrite.

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