White Paper: The Design Process

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More often than not, design can be easily thought of as a blueprint or a drawing. Many would wager that engineers are the ones solely responsible for the creation of these designs.

My time as a Product Development Engineer has shown me that design is something far more than simply a blueprint or a representation of an object.

By definition, design is “the purpose, planning, or intention that exists or is thought to exist behind the action, fact, or material object.” The design of a product is so much more involved than simply sketching out a drawing on paper. It is a process that requires input from colleagues over a range of departments.

Here at Global Interconnect, though the final design for a custom connector may be different from the final design of a cable assembly project, the process we follow to get there is the same. Each time we go through the creation of a design we start with our Product Solutions team, who contacts the customer, obtains the requirements for the design, and establishes the lines of communication throughout the duration of the project. From there the design process gets passed on to a Program Manager, who maintain lines of communication and develop a timeline
for the project. The design process then moves to the Project Engineer, who develops the product by ensuring it meets the intended requirements and sets up the design for manufacturing. It is the culmination of all the actions over the course of the process that truly yields the final design.

Rob Daley
Product Development Engineer