Boutique Engineering for Ambitious Products
Innovative, tech-driven companies partner with AC to streamline product development and maximize chances of a successful product launch. Our sweet spot is solving novel and ambitious technical challenges with well-engineered, high-quality solutions.
Partner with AC to build the right product for your users’ needs and your business objectives. Guided entirely by your product’s success, we identify the right-fit solutions and accelerate your time to market.
Defining Your Product’s Critical Path to Success
AC works from the very beginning to understand and define your product design objectives. Our product development engineers invest in strategic conversations to ensure we understand your user, product intent, and business objectives. When we define that context up front, it enables us to truly tailor our approach for your team, your user, and your business.
Product Development is a journey. As your product evolves, we always stay laser focused on product delight and value – for your user and your business.
AC’s R&D Accelerator Helps De-Risk Early for New Technologies
De-Risking Core Technologies
Through close collaboration with you, we evaluate technical risk, incorporate user studies, and adapt to changing constraints to define your product’s technical requirements. Our expertise ensures your specifications and technology truly align with your user’s needs in a way that is both technically feasible and commercially attractive.
Our thorough approach to product architecture integrates competitive benchmarking, product teardowns, and diverse industry experience to uncover opportunities for differentiation and innovation.
Prior to solidifying the architecture and building fully integrated prototypes, our engineers work to uncover technical, user, and business risks that need to be addressed at a deeper level.
Our de-risking process may include:
> Paper Studies
> Simulation & Modeling
> 3D Printing
> Rapid Prototyping with Dev Kits
> Subsystem Prototyping & Bench Testing
Building Prototypes for Every Need
Proof of concept prototypes are intended to mitigate business, user, and engineering concerns through one or more targeted prototypes. To define an effective set of prototypes for your specific needs, we partner closely with you to address crucial, system-level engineering risks.
Prototypes often include:
> Engineering Performance Tests
> Functional User Tests
> Appearance Models for Investor Demos
Custom Hardware Testing for your New Product Introduction
From Design to Production
We spend substantial energy ensuring the product is well-defined to meet the business requirements and user needs during prototyping which enables greater predictability and success during detailed design.
Our main objective is to evaluate the engineering designs and make any necessary refinements before larger investments are made for tooling and production. Once we verify engineering designs, we give the manufacturer the opportunity to generate and evaluate their production processes. Finally, we transfer designs to the manufacturer for production at scale.
> Engineering Validation Test
> Design Validation Test
> Production Validation Test
Finding the Balance Between Design and DFX
AC product development teams engineer products that are currently produced in the tens of millions per year. Our knowledge of design for enterprise-level manufacturing requirements enables our clients to leverage our multidisciplinary approach that considers manufacturability throughout the design process.
We integrate DFX early on and push our manufacturing partners to develop innovative processes, accelerate production ramp, improve product quality, and reduce per unit cost. As the client’s advocate, we mitigate the tension between industrial designers and contract manufacturers to find the best balance between ideal design and premium product manufacturing.
Custom Automation for Your Product’s Manufacturing Needs
We work on a variety of different types of products. Generally, we’re building a tech product that includes some of these elements. This list below showcases areas where we have proven excellence.
Features, Sensors, and Other Technology Development
> Wireless/Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Product Design for IOT and Connectivity
> Integration of Optics Systems, Displays, Haptics and Sensors
> Motion Detection through IMUs
> Power and Battery Management
> Mechatronic and Mechanism Development
Ruggedized Product Design for Harsh Environments
> Ingress Protection (Water/Dust)
> Design for Drop, Shock, and Vibration
> Extreme Environmental Conditions (Hot/Cold/Pressure)
> Material Selection and Testing for various environmental conditions
“I definitely would work with Andrews Cooper again. They were very easy to work with – a great partner. Hearing my colleagues talk about experiences they’ve had with other firms, where things have not gone well, I feel very fortunate to work with Andrews Cooper.”
Hardware Design Engineer @ HP
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Andrews Cooper provides complete product lifecycle Engineering Services: R&D Accelerator, Product Development, Hardware Test Engineering, Manufacturing Automation, and Integrated Engineering Teams (IET).