- Jul 26, 2013
Oh I am very aware of the process and lifecycles. I am also fully aware of the total development cost and why there is always a drive to re-use what has already been shown to pass qualification. Thus if you have on your books a design (hardware, firmware, software) that functions, qualified and on the market, re-using as much as possible to keep development costs down and TTM down are a must.It’s possible to have an entire line of products at multiple stages of development, you know. A lot of the changes are pre FDA submission. Some devices take several years of development before they hit the market.
Sure every so often an R&T project comes along to reset the books but if you are constantly working in R&T with a TRL around 1-6, you are not concerned about product as what you are making is no where near the needed TRL
My point is, what you wrote is valid, but aspects of it are pitching at different stages of a product lifecycle YET you are conflating them as being at the same time, which they are not and NOTHING in the medical/automotive/aerospace would ever do that simply because even if they did (And there are times where tech dev on an OEM is needed...) the product development times are long enough to absorb aspects of it IF the risk associated with not having something at the end is valid