Project Description

id8 logo-1I.D.8. Design Review Process

GMI Solutions’ I.D.8. (ideate) process consists of an in-depth 8-point review on all major aspects of a product’s design. It is intended to offer GMI’s OEM partners succinct, actionable items to allow for product improvements.  Savings can come from design efficiencies, serviceability increases and higher customer satisfaction. This can assist our OEMs in beating their competition without spending years in a complete redesign.

This process is intended to primarily cover the Industrial Design of the product.  GMI has a long history of both Electrical / Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design and has the advantage of experience and expertise in both disciplines; assessing a product and implementing improvements. Generally, this balance results in a better product with a lower cost that can be manufactured globally.

We’ve worked diligently to create a reporting process that is succinct and useful.

The 8-point report is broken down into the following segments:

  • Assumptions
  • Packaging
  • Visual Elements (including Branding)
  • Functional Consistency
  • Ergonomics
  • Manufacturability and Serviceability
  • Competitive Evaluation
  • Conclusions

Our OEMs leverage GMI Solutions to objectively evaluate their products and compare the overall design to both industry best practices as well as competitive products. We have a vast set of tools to help our OEM partners design world class products.

The GMI ID8 process is a disciplined, formal review of the critical product elements. We can objectively compare your products against best practices, the competition, or both. The resulting report consists of a thorough investigation of all 8 points and is presented as a bound document as well as electronically.

The actionable items resulting from this process run the gamut of design and functionality and include things like;

  • Multi-use carts for fewer expenditures in redundant equipment
  • More easily serviced units to save money in the field
  • Accommodation for user interfaces of the future, including gestures and touch screen controls
  • Locking or coding methods for reduced ‘lost’ equipment across departments
  • Designs that accommodate more manufacturing efficiency

Feel free to reach out if you have questions or would like to ID8 on your product.