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Hit your NPI schedule every time

Engineering teams rely on Instrumental to accelerate the product development process and build better products.

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Hit build schedule commitments


Your current build has too many open issues and quality concerns to ramp to production.


Instrumental delivers issue discovery, failure analysis, and quality monitoring in a single platform to empower your engineering team to deliver a world-class product on time.

Hit build schedule commitments

Proactively discover novel defects


It’s critical to eliminate design, process, and part quality issues as early in a program as possible – when they are cheap to design out.


Instrumental Discover AI requires only 30 images to automatically identify even single-unit defects that could become big problems at scale.

Proactively discover novel defects

Accelerate failure analysis


Failure analysis is slow and manual, often involving multiple teams. Engineers spend weeks collecting data and doing analysis to figure out what went wrong.


Instrumental gives engineers complete data traceability and can generate new data through AI-powered measurements. It enables virtual teardowns, facilitates root cause identification through AI-assisted correlations, and ultimately accelerates the process of failure analysis.

Accelerate failure analysis
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Instrumental helped us quickly identify major impacts to our units and gave us data to back up what to do next.”

Chris Fisher

Senior Test and Quality Manager, Puffco

Case Study: Puffco

Instrumental helped Puffco streamline defect detection and failure analysis during the NPI build of a first-generation product.

During an NPI build, Puffco found that a complex product design and pandemic-induced travel barriers limited their ability to gather data on underperforming units. But by working with Instrumental, Puffco gained immediate insight into the underlying issue, discovered root cause in record time, and implemented process changes to improve product performance.

The Challenge
Travel barriers weren’t the only challenges facing Chris Fisher, senior test and quality manager at Puffco, during their NPI build. The product had a complex design process that was difficult to translate remotely to their overseas manufacturing partner, and they soon discovered there was significant variation in the product performance.

The team spent over three months trying to discover the issue on their own — even inserting a tiny microscope into the assembled unit to get visual confirmation of the root cause — with no luck.

The Results
Puffco leveraged Instrumental’s Discover AI solution and Creative Electron imaging to not only solve their existing NPI challenge, but also set them up for long-term success with future builds. Instrumental allowed the Puffco team to:

  • Identify the defect in one day
  • Cut four weeks off the project schedule
  • Change processes to continue building a high-quality first-generation product

Download the full case study to learn more about Puffco’s journey with Instrumental and the results they achieved.

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