- I need to develop a new product but just don’t have the expertise in-house
- I need the product in the market now but just don’t have the time or resources
- The company suffered R&D cutbacks during the recession and now we need to gear up, but I don’t want the cost of an in-house R&D team
- I have a great idea and need a functional prototype developed to test the market
- I want to reverse engineer a simple or complex electromechanical product
- I want to diversify my product range
- I need to upgrade our existing products to include intelligence and improve functionality to remain competitive in the market
- I need to future proof my product offering with smart electronics or adaptive control systems
Virtual R&D can help, we have developed products in many areas of expertise including:
- Consumer Electronics
- Sports and leisure
We are able to assist you with new product development, reverse engineering, and product revisions.
Virtual R&D is able to engage with the customer through all stages of the product development life cycle. We are able to optimize your product design and development through all stages of the design life cycle or we are able to engage with your team at any stage in the cycle.
How we develop and optimize your products
Virtual R&D employs a mechatronics design methodology; this is a new way of thinking that is used to achieve optimal design of electromechanical products. Utilizing interdisciplinary knowledge and a multidisciplinary approach coupled with concurrent design and development processes, Virtual R&D is able to optimize system parameters at each phase of the development cycle to produce high quality, multi domain integrated products in a short cycle time. The image below illustrates the integrated mechatronics design approach employed by Virtual R&D.
The benefits of the mechatronic design approach are:
- greater productivity (shorter development cycles and faster time to market),
- higher quality, and
- lower cost products.
By applying Mechatronic thinking, methodologies, and practices we are able to develop proficient products with integral intelligence supported by multiple functionalities and enhanced by human factor consideration. This enables the generation of uncomplicated, tougher, dependable, portable, flexible, multipurpose, compact, and cost-effective products and systems with superior operating performance and power management.
Virtual R&D’s “horizontal” business model ensures that we work alongside our customers in a strategic partnership – as an extension of their business, not solely as a third party supplier of services or a single sector specialist. We invest time to understand our customer’s business and culture so we can make insightful decisions during the product development cycle.
Giving you an advantage
The one-stop turn-key product development services offered by Virtual R&D enable customers to expedite new products from idea to production. The ability to bring together expertise in several engineering disciplines working side-by-side in the same environment enables us to quickly and efficiently deal with technological barriers and manage risks during the development process because our engineers understand downstream repercussions of design changes to all areas of the product. We can offer unique perspectives and alternative solutions utilizing our engineers’ multidisciplinary expertise.
Flexible offer structure
We offer flexible pricing structures to enable us to remain competitive across both large and small engagements. Some projects may be more suitability charged at an hourly rate, whilst other engagements may require the security of a fixed price contract. After the complimentary first evaluation, the project scoping process, we will indicate the best offer for the project.
Partnering with you and you team
Whether you have an in-house project management and reporting system or not, Virtual R&D will map our development processes into you standard development life cycle, producing development documents to your process specifications. During the project we will provide regular reports (as stipulated by the communications plan) on project progress to the customer and the in-house development team to ensure that there is continuous alignment with regards to project scope, timeframes, risks and outcomes. The project leader from Virtual R&D will serve as the point of contact with the customer and manage the project within the team. Overall supervision and management assistance will be given by the project manager at Virtual R&D. Each customer will have the following:
- Individual project books
- Dropbox folder (for file sharing)
- Individual storage space for files/folders/prototypes
- Twitter account for up-to-date project progress (optional)
All information regarding the project will remain strictly confidential. The services offered are irrespective of the number of projects the customer wishes to undertake. During the time of the contract the customer may choose to focus on one specific item or several. The rates will remain the same irrespectively. At any point the customer may choose to cancel the contract with one months’ notice.
Research and development (R&D) comprise creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.
Further information can be found here.