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Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

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Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

Comment on this FAQ

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

Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

Comment on this FAQ

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

Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

Comment on this FAQ

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

Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

Comment on this FAQ

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

Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

Comment on this FAQ

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

Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

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Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

Comment on this FAQ

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

Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

Comment on this FAQ

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

Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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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Product engineering solutions pricing FAQs

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

Comment on this FAQ

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

Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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 pricing FAQs

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

Comment on this FAQ

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

Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

Comment on this FAQ

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

Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

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Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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 pricing FAQs

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

Comment on this FAQ

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

Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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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Free trade zone facility FAQs

Yes, we do provide reliability testing!

You’ll provide us with information about product specifications and components, the intended usage, and the warranty duration (if any), etc, and we use this to make a reliability testing plan suitable for your needs and provide a quotation.

Your products will then be lab-tested and we’ll get a thorough test report to you which includes results and feedback.

Comment on this FAQ

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

Yes, we can assist you to draft a bilingual NNN agreement or full manufacturing contract with an NNN section.
‘NNN’ stands for:

  1. Non-use – the supplier cannot use your IP in any way, for any purpose
  2. Non-disclosure – the supplier cannot make public your IP or share with others (such as a friend’s factory, or via unauthorised subcontracting) except in very specific cases
  3. Non-circumvention – the supplier cannot start making your products themselves and selling (usually at a lower price) to steal your customer base

If your needs are in line with these three principles, our NNN agreement is probably a good fit for your company. It is bilingual and calls for enforcement in China, where your Chinese suppliers are more likely to have assets.

(We are not lawyers, but this template has worked well in the past for our other clients. And, of course, you can have it reviewed by your lawyer.)

Some suppliers are reluctant to sign a strong NNN agreement at the quotation stage. Our NNN is very protective but does not call for a set amount of damages (that’s an example of clause that tends to frighten suppliers away).

Then, at a later stage, the NNN section of the manufacturing agreement (when the time comes to plan for manufacturing) is typically stricter, and that tends to be better accepted by suppliers.

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.

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.

You may also like our guide to manufacturing a new product in China.

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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