Product Development Challenge

Transform a one-off, hand built, science project into a reliable, manufacturable product; and do it fast.

Our client had spent years and millions of dollars, and now they had the best explosive detection technology in the world. The market was wide open, and the timing could not have been better. This technology was not just about profits, it was about saving lives and stopping terrorists.

They needed to transform this technology into a reliable product, and they needed to do it fast. Every day that went by without the product in the marketplace represented not only lost profits but lost lives!

The key was a sensor that was very low cost while at the same time very accurate. After several years of trying, they finally turned to Finish Line PDS for a solution.

Their team was world class at developing technology but had never developed or manufactured a product, and they did not have the systems in place for doing this type of work, and this was not the time for on the job training. Naturally, they turned to Finish Line.

Finish Line PDS Bottom Line

Finish Line was called in to turn this technology into a reliable product.

Finish Line was tasked with transforming the technology into a product that could be manufactured in quantity, for a reasonable cost, and ensure that it was going to be reliable.

This all had to be done within a three-month deadline – a seemly impossible task. There were 100s of drawings to be developed, dozens of parts to be made and verified, and test fixtures to be design and built.

Finish Line was able to meet this challenge because of its unique ability to deploy a team to the problem, not just one individual or a collection of individuals. This team worked under a set of mature, proven procedures. This team had already worked together for many years.

The bottom line: Finish Line was able to deliver a world-class product development team with a proven track record. Working on the Finish Line systemic methods, the team was able to finish the job on time and under budget.