We all like our connected devices. Think about the new possibilities they enable in our day-to-day life. Now, let’s fast forward ten years and imagine a world with six billion mobile phones, 7.5 billion people online, and 125 billion connected objects. The future certainly promises more computing power and higher network performance, which will accelerate the introduction of new products and fuel rapid market expansion. With all of this happening, businesses need to be aware of their environmental impact more than ever. Even in the present day, regulations are tightening and consumers are demanding for sustainable practices. The question is ‘How can you as an electronics company respond effectively?’ How do you continue to deliver the exciting experiences that consumers love and yet lighten your environment footprint to a tiptoe? At Sirinsoftware, a company that specializes in custom software development and provides quality consumer electronics services, we see an immense opportunity. It’s about rethinking your product innovation from concept to design validation and from manufacturing to distribution. Modern techs provide you with advanced capabilities to fuel innovation in a sustainable way.

Market & Customer Listening

It’s not a secret that consumer behavior and preferences can change in the blink of an eye. It’s easy to miss a major opportunity to profit. To conceptualize products that cater to consumer needs and wants, you first need to gain insights. What are current market and sustainability trends? Who are the new players disrupting the industry? What do consumers say about your company? What do consumers say about your company and why? With the help of a reliable software development partner, you can build your own dashboard to capture what your customers are saying and learn what matters to them. This provides invaluable feedback to the effectiveness of your product designs, making sure you always remain aligned to your market demands. You can also share product ideas and concepts, for which you’ll receive immediate response. This can feed your innovation funnel and help you define your product portfolio, as well as your timelines.

Product Design & Engineering

As noted earlier, companies that design custom hardware-software solutions for businesses can help you achieve sustainable innovations at a molecular level. By using 3D modeling and simulation capabilities, you can discover new environmentally friendly materials, explore formulation options, and experiment with different ingredient combinations to achieve the best product outcome.

By comparing material behavior simulations in different conditions, you can think more holistically. Identify the best trade-off for sustainable product performance with minimal physical tests. Through virtual tests, you can slash design time by up to 30 percent, lower costs, and reduce environmental impact. Virtual tests can also help you ensure better efficiency for a product. Imagine the ability to match your device’s energy requirements to every real-world usage scenario for optimal battery capacity and size.

There also may be constraints when designing certain products such as the limited space of wearable devices. Your electronics and mechanical engineers need to optimize the design in all aspects, including sustainability. For this, you need to put your hands on the right collaboration space for efficient data sharing and design iterations. Engineers also need to consider the best way to combine wireless connectivity with a low electromagnetic impact for users.

Finally, you need to anticipate what can happen when consumers use your products. Drop test simulations help increase product durability so that you can deliver products that consumers will be happy with for a long time to come.

Manufacturing Operations & Supply Chain

In-store product shortages are something you want to avoid. At the same time, you don’t want to overproduce and create unnecessary waste. So how can you better match your product to market demand?

If you partner up with a company that can help you design PLM software and other custom solutions well-suited to your individual business needs, chances are you’ll receive timely and accurate forecasts, which will help you adapt production volume to exact market needs. It’s also important to take a look at your supply chain cost drivers, such as procurement and transportation. Here, you can reduce the environmental impact of your sourcing strategy through optimized logistics. When your logistics plans are optimized, you make the best use of your resources to deliver the right amount of items in the right place at the right time. This leads to a lower number of trips, shipping costs, energy use, and carbon emissions.

Virtual testing is another key capability for better manufacturing operations and supply chain. You need to ensure your product arrives at the right destination in good condition. Structural simulation enables you to analyze if the products can withstand being transported in its packaging without being damaged.

If your goal is sustainable innovation, consider calling on professional help to rethink your product innovation in a holistic manner. With the right tools and tech solutions by your side, you will be able to transform your sustainability challenge into a powerful competitive advantage.    

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