Overview

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Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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For new/customized products

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

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Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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Working with Sofeast

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

Comment on this FAQ

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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Quality assurance solutions

Product Inspections

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

Comment on this FAQ

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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Factory Audits

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

Comment on this FAQ

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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Quality Consulting

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

Comment on this FAQ

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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Supply chain management solutions

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

Comment on this FAQ

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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Compliance and Certification

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

Comment on this FAQ

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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Logistics

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

Comment on this FAQ

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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Sofeast pricing FAQs PES

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

Comment on this FAQ

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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Sofeast pricing FAQs QAS

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

Comment on this FAQ

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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Supplier Identification

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

Comment on this FAQ

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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Compliance Testing Consulting FAQs

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

Comment on this FAQ

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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Sofeast pricing FAQs SCMS

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables.

The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

Comment on this FAQ

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue.

The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect them through reviews and reliability testing. As a general rule, all design changes have to be approved by your side and their impact has to be evaluated with a proper testing plan.

You understand that, if we provide services for 1,000 USD, we can’t accept liability for 1 million USD. We are not aware of any company that accepts this level of risk. However, naturally, we will do the design work to correct any mistake for free.

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product?

If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or leaving it to your supplier’s factory, and some of each approach’s key pros and cons.

What we do most often is a hybrid approach:

  • Reviewing your design and providing suggestions
  • Doing some of the design, development, and prototyping work
  • Letting the manufacturer do what they have strong internal capabilities for

Yes. And this should be planned from the design stage. Many projects have gone very far into prototyping and even production, only to be dropped because they had to get back to square 1… a new iteration of the design that takes certification constraints into account.

We have experience with the most common types of certification for the US and Europe.

Yes, for several reasons.

Because you might need to make changes to your design to make it easy to manufacture in China, or to have a chance at hitting your budget & timing targets.

And because you need to know what type of supplier you should work with even before starting the search:

  • OEM? ODM, already making a very similar product? Contract manufacturer?
  • Small, midsize, large?
  • Past experience in a certain critical process or technology? In your country’s compliance standards?

First, you will need more than an idea. At the very least, get a first version of the design, as well as a general description (intended use, etc.) on paper.

Second, before sharing the design with anybody, make sure to have a solid agreement in place that targets all the usual risks (not your standard non-disclosure agreement).

Third, you might go in the wrong direction and spend many months working with the wrong type of suppliers and, in the end, get nowhere. Talk with a company like ours. We have worked with a number of people who were in your situation.

China offers creators, entrepreneurs, and hardware startups the manufacturing infrastructure to handle new product manufacturing, but it’s the preparation and management of mass production that often leaves hardware startups & SMEs over-budget and running behind on delivery.

One only needs to visit Kickstarter or Indiegogo to see the abysmal proportion of projects that are not delivered on time due to unexpected problems and extra costs.

Inexperienced founders are overly optimistic about the capabilities of Chinese manufacturers and about the ‘readiness for production’ of their new product design.

99% of Chinese manufacturers want to go to mass production as soon as possible, even if this has relatively high-quality risks. They are consistently over-enthusiastic and tend to under-deliver on their promises.

Subsequently, hardware startups don’t see all the risks, don’t challenge predictions and reassurances, and don’t enlist the assistance of people who have done it before. They also have pressure to get first to market and increase the product ROI (Return on Investment) by an early introduction.

We’ve seen people in this position in our home city of Shenzhen and the rest of China get burnt too often, so this is why Sofeast’s production engineers and project managers specialize in new product introduction (NPI) and design for manufacturing (DFM).

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