How to Select a Factory - Bolt Boston Hardware Bootcamp - March 2014

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In this presentation, Dragon Innovation will provide an overview on how to select a factory. This presentation was given at the Bolt Boston Hardware Bootcamp in March 2014. Topics will include:

- Dragon Innovation Background
- Where to Build
- Contract Manufacturer Selection Process (RFQ)

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About Dragon Innovation

Dragon Innovation works with entrepreneurs to launch hardware products and scale companies. Founded by a team of hardware experts, Dragon provides a clear path from prototype through production with unmatched manufacturing expertise and trusted connections. Dragon's client roster includes Coin, MakerBot, LIFX, Scout, Romotive, Sifteo, Orbotix, FormLabs and over 100 more companies paving the road for how new technology gets made.

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How to Select a Factory - Bolt Boston Hardware Bootcamp - March 2014

  1. 1. DRAGON INNOVATION, INC. ! HOW TO SELECT A FACTORY ! MARCH 28, 2014 BOLT | BOSTON ! ! ! ! ! SCOTT N. MILLER | CEO | @DRAGONINNOVATE | WWW.DRAGONINNOVATION.COM
  2. 2. NO NEED TO TAKE NOTES ! bit.ly/How-To-Select-A-Factory
  3. 3. Overview • Please Interrupt with Questions / Comments. • Quick Survey • Dragon Background • Where to Build • CM Selection Process (RFQ) • Q&A
  4. 4. SURVEY
  5. 5. Why It Matters What Factory You Pick
  6. 6. Agenda 6
  7. 7. Selected Companies We’ve Helped
  8. 8. 8 •COGS & Tooling Estimation •DFMA •Funding Threshold Calculation •Production Strategy & Scheduling •Marketing Strategy •Connections
  9. 9. Agenda 9 Dragon Crowdfunding
  10. 10. DRAGON MANUFACTURING SERVICES Focus on what you do best. Benefit from real-time responses, improved quality, higher efficiencies and easier communications. •Factory Selection & Vetting •Preparation of Request for Quote(RFQ) package •Quote comparison / Apples-to-Apples analysis •Far East and US location support FACTORY SELECTION SERVICES • Factory contract negotiation •On-site support with dedicated Project Management •Schedule and budget planning •Independent inspections and factory oversight •Certification process coordination and assistance •Iterative design reviews •Component sourcing assistance •Total product lifecycle cost reduction •Creation and implementation of quality plan •Schedule negotiation / acceleration •Sustaining engineering strategies •Rapid response / “fire fighting” •Factory relationship management PROJECT MANAGEMENT
  11. 11. STEP 1: DECIDE WHERE TO BUILD
  12. 12. Examples to Talk Through
  13. 13. China?
  14. 14. 14 Current Chinese Landscape 1. Low Labor Costs
  15. 15. 15 Current Chinese Landscape 2. Local, Robust, Highly Concentrated Supply Chain http://supplychaindigital.com
  16. 16. 16 Current Chinese Landscape 3. Expert Domain Knowledge http://supplychaindigital.com
  17. 17. 17 Current Chinese Landscape 4. Great Manufacturing Infrastructure http://supplychaindigital.com http://skeptically.org
  18. 18. 18 Current Chinese Landscape 5. Great Transportation Infrastructure http://supplychaindigital.com http://skeptically.org
  19. 19. 19 Current Chinese Landscape 6. Its Very Far Away http://supplychaindigital.com http://skeptically.orghttp://studentuniverse.com
  20. 20. 20 Current Chinese Landscape 7. Significant Language / Cultural Barrier http://supplychaindigital.com http://skeptically.orghttp://studentuniverse.com http://asiasociety.org
  21. 21. 21 Yes! Manufacture in China If Your Product... 1. is COGS (Cost of Goods Sold) sensitive
  22. 22. 22 Yes! Manufacture in China If Your Product... 2. Requires significant manual labor manufacture and assemble
  23. 23. 23 Yes! Manufacture in China If Your Product... 3. Requires high production volumes (>5k units)
  24. 24. 24 Yes! Manufacture in China If Your Product... 4. Uses existing manufacturing technology (i.e. injection molding, etc) http://berkeleysg.com
  25. 25. 25 Yes! Manufacture in China If Your Product... 5. Is tolerant to supply chain and logistics http://berkeleysg.com http://kilterpulse.com
  26. 26. 26 Yes! Manufacture in China If Your Product... 6. Can benefit from low or no cost Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) Non-recurring Engineering (NRE) http://berkeleysg.com http://kilterpulse.com http://plasticstoday.com
  27. 27. 27 Yes! Manufacture in China If Your Product... 7. Has “physically” protectable IP http://berkeleysg.com http://kilterpulse.com
  28. 28. 28 Upcoming Concerns in China 1. Rising Exchange Rate http://en.wikipedia.org
  29. 29. 29 Upcoming Concerns in China 2. Rising Wages http://en.wikipedia.org
  30. 30. 30 Upcoming Concerns in China 4. Political Relationships http://en.wikipedia.org
  31. 31. 31 Upcoming Concerns in China 5. X-Factor Concerns http://en.wikipedia.org
  32. 32. USA?
  33. 33. 33 Yes! Manufacture in the US If Your Product... 1. Can be manufactured and assembled through automation http://berkeleysg.com http://kilterpulse.com
  34. 34. 34 Yes! Manufacture in the US If Your Product... 2. Is sensitive to shipping time and expense http://berkeleysg.com http://kilterpulse.com
  35. 35. 35 Yes! Manufacture in the US If Your Product... 4. Requires low volumes http://berkeleysg.com http://kilterpulse.com http://www.theguardian.com
  36. 36. 36 Yes! Manufacture in the US If Your Product... 4. Has difficult-to-protect IP http://berkeleysg.com http://kilterpulse.com http://www.independent.co.uk
  37. 37. 37 Yes! Manufacture in the US If Your Product... 5. Requires non-standard capital equipment http://scientificmachining.com
  38. 38. 38 Yes! Manufacture in the US If Your Product... 6. Is part of a government contract http://en.wikipedia.org
  39. 39. STEP 2: REQUEST FOR QUOTE / CM SELECTION* ! ! ! *THE MOST IMPORTANT MANUFACTURING DECISION YOU’LL MAKE
  40. 40. 40 Overview of the CM Selection Process http://en.wikipedia.org 1.Talk with trusted network connections who have manufacturing experience. 2.Create a differentiated list of 5 - 10 CMs. 3.Create a Request for Quote (RFQ) Package. 4.Down select to 3 - 5 factories based on your product category. 5.Visit! (See checklist on next slide) 6.Talk with the CM’s customers. 7.Negotiate. 8.Select the winner, and leave the others on good terms.
  41. 41. 41 RFQ Package http://en.wikipedia.org •Company Overview -Team overview -Funding -Product -What’s done -What needs to be done -Factory Criteria •BOM -Canonical format (A2A) in Excel -Transparent and Formula Driven -Separate Std, Special and Consigned Margins -Include all costs to Ex-Factory -Fill in the blanks •Schedule -Gantt chart (Cloud) -Fill in the blanks
  42. 42. 42 RFQ Release http://en.wikipedia.org •Down select to 3-5 CM’s (why?) •NDA •RFQ Release & Follow up •Factory Visit
  43. 43. 43 Factory Visit Checklist http://en.wikipedia.org Do you like the team? Are they experienced and friendly? Do they make similar products? Do they have the right manufacturing capabilities? Does your intended volume match their volume capabilities? Are they financially stable? Do they have enough working capital to get going? Do they have ties to the central government (if in PRC)? Do they have favorable payment terms? Are they transparent in their costing? Do they take IP seriously? Did they show you something they shouldn’t have? Are they ethical in their treatment of their workers and otherwise? Do you have access to upper management? Are they excited about working on your product? ! ! !
  44. 44. 44 CM Comparison (A2A Decision Matrix) http://en.wikipedia.org •Margins (Std, Special, Consigned) •Labor •Pareto of Top 5 Most Expensive Components •Schedule •Fit Criteria
  45. 45. 45 CM Selection http://en.wikipedia.org •Select Top 2-3 CM’s •Negotiate A2A category by category •Award Project to Winner •Update Others
  46. 46. NEXT STEPS
  47. 47. The Road to Production
  48. 48. Detailed Milestones ‣Hand  Over  /  Kick-­‐Off   Form  CM  Team   Contact  Lists  /  Roles  and   Responsibili>es   ME  and  EE  File  transfer   Works  Like  /  Looks  Like  Samples   CM  trip  to  the  US  if  possible   (access  to  models  and  team,   rela>onship  building).   Factory  Input   Components   Engineering   Quality   Produc>on  Planning  (interface   with  Sales)   Sourcing  /  MA  /  Cos>ng   Logis>cs   Process  /  Procedure   Financial  (modeling  and   payments)   Pre-­‐Produc>on  Milestones   Tool  Release   Tool  Start  (TS)   First  Shots  (FS)   Engineering  Pilot  1  (EP1)   EP2   EP3   Final  Engineering  Pilot  (FEP)   Produc>on  Pilot  (PP)   Produc>on   Produc>on  Start  (PS)   Ramp   Engineering  Change  No>ce  (ECN)   Sustaining  (Quality  Up  /  Cost  Down)   Sunset
  49. 49. 49 Suggested Reading for Background on China http://en.wikipedia.org "Factory Girls", Leslie Chang ! WSJ reporter who lived in China interviewing migrant factory workers in the Pearl River Delta. Great insight into the workforce.    ! ! ! ! "Poorly Made in China", Paul Midler ! Light, humorous, and scary. ! ! ! ! ! ! "Mr. China", Tim Clissold ! Older humorous memoir of one of the first Westerners to do modern work in China after Mao. ! !
  50. 50. Questions?

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