The customer’s input into the development cycle is crucial for selecting the correct solution. It is important to completely understand the customer’s exact requirements through detailed discussions of the engineering problem. At the end of this stage, the client’s approval is required to proceed ahead with the project.
Customer requirements are carefully documented. They can include: manufacturing costs, production volumes, manufacturing lead times, development costs, development time, compliance regulation and standards, communications interface, user interface, non-volatile parameter and diagnostics logging storage, product weight and dimensions, hardware interfaces, ease of setup, ease of use / diagnostics features, fail safe operation, future proofing required, battery required, battery life, serviceable parts, Intellectual Property (IP) copy protection, support requirements, etc… The requirements are extremely important to ensure the correct solution is chosen.
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