Sunless M1000 Spray Tanning System Case Study
|Following initial sales calls made in 2015 and subsequent discussions, the project to develop a new spray tanning product line was on track for 2020 development. Then, of course, COVID hit! However, thanks to Source International’s full Operations team on the ground in Asia, we were 100% ready to proceed as soon as we got the green light.
After several conference calls and sales visits, a team from Source including sales and senior leadership met with the customer’s management team on-site at their facility to dive into the project and develop the features, timelines, and expectations for their new spray tanning system.
A Source Customer Team was assembled in both the US and China office to review the customer’s existing products and to discuss how the ideas presented by the customer in preliminary meetings would be developed into the fully integrated spray tanning system with TUV certification. Budgets were created, timelines established, and the following list of desired features was developed:
- HVLP Technology
- Lightweight & Compact
- Standard 100V Plug
- Modern Appearance
- Comfortable Hand Grip
- Convenient Hanger on Sprayer
- Adjustable Spray Pattern
- Kink-free Hose
- Ergonomic Carry Handle
- Power Switch
- Stable Foot Design
- Stylish & Portable
- Low Operating Noise
- Removable Air Filter
- Integrated Spray Gun Storage
After the initial product engineering was completed, Pre-Production Samples were made using various prototyping techniques and presented to the customer’s team where they were carefully reviewed by their senior management, sales, marketing, product management, engineering and supply chain teams to ensure they met the design and performance requirements. Once the Pre-Production Prototypes had been fully tested, design changes were made, and several rounds of additional sample prototyping took place. Following field testing of the final prototypes, customer approval of the M1000 Spray Tanning System was given, and the Source team began to build the tooling and set the final timing for production start-up.
After the multiple tooling was completed, Source engineers debugged them. It took several rounds of shots until the tooled Pre-Production sample was approved and the product was released into mass production for the first order. These units were delivered to the customer’s warehouse in 2021. After the second order, the company’s QA manager remarked, “Nice work! We inspected 10% of the second PO of 2000 ea. We found no leaks. Engineering is comfortable with the inspection and results.”
This project represented a true collaborative redesign effort involving the collective efforts of Source and the customer’s engineering, operations, factory, marketing, sales, operations, purchasing and executive teams all working together to accomplish this product development and offshore manufacturing success story. This initial success led to the next series of sample units being sent to the Source China office for review and re-development to add the portfolio of products we will be producing for this customer. See the product in action at this video link.
Source International’s dedicated professionals can achieve the same winning results for your OEM parts and products. For additional details regarding this success story, please contact our Midwest sales office at 440-546-0630 or our US Headquarters office at 502-589-7900. Contact us today to arrange a no obligation assessment of how we can supply a partnership which adds value to your OEM products.