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What Approach does Innovative Thermal Solutions use with it's clients?

Every project is unique. We work closely with each client to develop a project plan that meets your needs. Innovative Thermal Solutions is an engineering design and development company specializing in mechanical and heat transfer technology. Keep in mind that we do as much or as little as you need. From a one day design review, or problem solutions to a full product development project, we partner with you.

If you would like to further explore the opportunities and benefits of working together, please go to our contact page

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Does Innovative Thermal Solutions provide Project Management?

Our experience has shown that the best way to approach projects is with a multi-phase plan managed with a Phase-gate process. We help our clients develop the project plan and then participate in that plan as needed.

What is Phase-Gate?

The Phase-Gate process is an operational roadmap for driving projects from idea to launch - a blueprint for managing the product development process - improving effectiveness and efficiency.

How it Works

Product development begins with an idea and ends with the successful launch of a new product. The steps between these points can be viewed as a dynamic process. Phase-Gate divides this process into a series of activities (Phases) and decision points (gates).


Each phase contains a set of defined concurrent activities, incorporating industry best practices. Activities during each phase are executed in parallel to enhance speed to market. This is further enhanced by the use of cross-functional teams all working towards the same goals.


Gates are the decision points where senior leaders decide whether to continue a project. The outcome of the decision is either go, stop or hold the project. Gates also act as "quality control" checkpoints which evaluate among other things:

  • Have the deliverables been completed in a quality fashion?
  • Is the project attractive from an economic and business standpoint?
  • Is the information sufficient to make a decision?
  • Have all future phases of the project been defined or updated?
  • Is the action plan and request for resources sound?

    They are the team of senior leaders who make Go/No Go decisions at gates.

    They are from different functional areas and can commit resources.

    They use a pre-set list of criteria and rules.

    The Benefits of Using Phase-Gate

  • It introduces discipline into an ordinarily chaotic process
  • It focuses attention upon quality of execution
  • It speeds up the product development process
  • It ensures a complete process — no critical steps are omitted
  • It facilitates a focus on product quality and performance


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