Our development process from idea to realisation
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This idea is being investigated further. A list of requirements and wishes follows from this investigation.
Based on this morphological overview and our product matrix, our creative minds set to work on creating multiple concepts.
One of these concepts will be chosen for further development as a prototype. With the prototype we test the solutions for the technical bottlenecks.
During the internal test, it is determined to what extent the prototype complies with our product matrix and morphological overview.
The improved version of the prototype is then created. The integrability of the machine is taken into account.
Our customers are an important source of inspiration.
The feedback is used to make our product fit perfectly into the production process.
After the last improvements, Ferlin will release the final product on the market. So the machine will be available to everyone.
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The road to innovation
At Ferlin, they work with a standard development process to work out new ideas. This is a structured process in which all choices are documented. This way there is clarity on the progress and the right people are involved. Guaranteeing quality is essential here. The road to innovation has 8 steps:
Step 1: The Idea
Innovation always starts with an idea. Ferlin is full of them. It often originates from customer demand and market response. This idea is first presented to engineering. They perform a number of analyses on the potential of this idea. Then the results are presented to the relevant people. They check whether this falls within Ferlin's vision.
Step 2: Research
The next step is the preliminary investigation. This consists, among other things, of an analysis of the competition and the market demand. We also look at the risk and the preconditions. Then the idea is validated in a presentation to the relevant people. Finally, the requirements and wishes for the idea are decided upon.
step 3: the concepts
In this step, functions are distilled from requirements and wishes. After a brainstorming session, a morphological overview is drawn up. A number of concepts emerge from this. These are elaborated as far as possible. Ferlin works out visual representations, technical specs and costs. At Ferlin, quality comes first. That's why each concept is scored according to the requirements and wishes. Based on this, the best concept is chosen.
step 4: the prototype
At Ferlin, functionality and user-friendliness come first. The prototype consists of a functional design that tests solutions for technical bottlenecks. For the best result, there is no limit to the design and form variations. The results are evaluated according to the requirements set. These and the points for improvement are discussed with the relevant people.
step 5: the internal test
The next step is to fully develop the prototype. Ferlin stands for reliability. The goal is, therefore, to have all aspects of the prototype working. This product does not yet have the design on the final level. It is mainly about the functionality of the new machine. Various tests are carried out, and the results are discussed with the relevant people in order to apply points of improvement.
step 6: series 0
During this step, the prototype is improved where necessary. This mainly concerns aspects such as design, manual, CE approval and logistics. Ferlin takes user-friendliness and integrability into account. In the workshop, the construction of the machine is explained. Next, we find existing customers eager to perform the external tests.
step 7: the external test
In an external test, the machine is set up for selected customers. They test the product thoroughly. Ferlin visits the customer regularly during the tests. All product performance is then documented. In addition, we collect feedback from the customer. This gives Ferlin the final insights for the final design.
step 8: the final product
This final design with the final points for improvement is discussed with the right people. After this discussion, the last changes are made. Then the final design is finished! Finally, the product is put on the market and available for everyone. Ferlin is happy to share the latest innovations with you.
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Our current innovations
One by Ferlin is the name of the latest dosing machine in development. Ferlin is currently working on a smaller machine that will be much more accurate. Minimal deviations in output and maximum user-friendliness is the goal. Here you can read about the road to innovation with Ferlin One.
The current range of automatic coupling stations is renewed! Ferlin's machine is very robust and reliable. Due to minimal manual control, it can often be used in places that are difficult to reach and expensive floor space is saved. The new docking station is accurate, limits error margins and can be integrated anywhere.