We recently added the Zone of Autonomous Creation (ZAC) division, which is located in our main Chennai manufacturing facility, to support our clients with creating small volume prototypes in a quick and efficient manner. This service enables our co-creation initiative and helps our clients to effectively take concepts and ideas into a physical product that can be tested and put to trial use. It also provides parallel processes to satisfy clients that have shorter lead-time requirements and must test multiple designed components before mass producing a product.
This division has dedicated state-of-the-art backend lines, a dedicated raw materials store, and a dedicated team that directly reports into Syrma’s business development team. Our team has varied experience in process control, quality assurance, procurement, manufacturing, new product introduction (NPI), and testing. For each prototype, we test for manufacturability and mass production via custom-developed functional and system-level testing. We also have access to our global supply chain network to source components at competitive pricing and with quick customs clearance formalities for raw materials due to our Special Economic Zone (SEZ) location.
Most OEM manufacturers typically shy away from supporting startups due to their financial limitations and lack of product development experience. As a result, startups often depend on foreign EMS partners to create prototypes for them. However, the conversion of a prototype into a commercial model is often difficult for startups due to their limited expertise in product ruggedizing and realization as per global standards. They also face component procurement challenges, resulting from limited procuring and importing experience. As a result, they have a longer lead-time, often up to 10-12 weeks, for developing a new prototype.
ZAC aims to deliver shorter prototype lead-times and support for low volume orders with flexibility in design revisions and upgrades to all companies. Our division’s ideal delivery time target for each prototype is 4-6 weeks from its clear order date, up to a third of the amount of time it typically takes to produce a new prototype through a conventional NPI process. This new division was created to not only help startups, but also to provide design services to solution providers and other companies that need high-quality prototypes quickly produced at a low to medium volume under a stringent process and quality control environment.