You are an ambitious entrepreneur with a killer idea for a small electronic device that could save your customers millions of euros a year. Impressed by your pitch, a major global company has just placed an order for 1,000 units. There’s only one catch: Your client wants to roll out the project in three months, but hasn’t quite nailed down a specification that will be compatible with its existing equipment.
Meeting that deadline looks like an impossible task. On previous projects, you’ve outsourced production to a contract manufacturer in Asia. They are fast and flex-ible, but the turnaround time for a brand-new product is still a few weeks. With the inevitable tweaks and design refinements, there’s no way you can get the units you need in the time required.
Undaunted, you make a call. Twelve hours later, a truck drops a standard shipping container at your customer’s premises. Inside, there’s a complete electronics production line, capable of manufacturing printed circuit boards, populating them with components, and assembling and testing the finished product. You -download the build instructions wirelessly, and prototype units are in the customer’s hands before the end of the day. Within a month, the mobile production facility is turning out the final design as fast as your customer can install it.