211: How to Establish Product Manufacturing Operations

211: Establishing Product Manufacturing Operations

January 28, 2024

With Nikhil Joshi, CEO of SNic Solutions

Hosted by Kevin Mako, President of MAKO Design + Invent

211: Establishing Product Manufacturing Operations
211: Establishing Product Manufacturing Operations

Nikhil Joshi is the Founder of SNic Solutions, a company he has successfully run for 17 years that facilitates the digitalization of supply chain and manufacturing operations management to optimize the product manufacturing process. Impressively, he has worked with nearly 150 factories spread across 12 countries. Today, Nikhil will divulge his insight into burgeoning technologies he frequently leverages to assist modern manufacturers, as well as effective digitalization strategies he has discovered salient to inventors, startups, and small manufacturers. He will also detail how manufacturing has changed over time, emerging opportunities that exist, and how to ensure you properly plan for complex manufacturing as a hardware startup.

Here are the key takeaways from the episode:

  • The manufacturing process is drastically different now than it was even 30 years ago.
  • Modern consumers seek custom-tailored products that are designed very specifically for them.
  • The goal is to try to produce a smaller variety of items in the manufacturing process, but it is integral to be more efficient in order to accomplish this.
  • Try not to customize and scale at the same time unless you can adopt a business model that can support that level of customization.
  • Talk directly to your end customers, even if you are selling through middle players!
  • Be agile and flexible, and give the end customer what they want, but at a good price.
  • Agility, speed, and efficiency are key! Smaller companies will often push these demands to contract manufacturing.
  • Go from working in silos to developing your own web of information and technology – from ideation through to industrial product design – then begin manufacturing, and then place your focus back on the customer.
  • You can reduce the time it takes to get to the manufacturing stage when you start considering manufacturing at the design level.
  • Spearheading comprehensive design, then engineering, then manufacturing is the most logical progression!

Nikhil Joshi Links:

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Producer: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to the above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories.