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Medical Quality Control: KMC's Gail Wiegand’s Passion for Excellence

This is the third in a three-part series on KMC Systems' medical device quality assurance practices.

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Topics: KMC Systems, medical device development and manufacturing, medical device quality assurance

KMC’s Medical Device Manufacturing Quality Assurance Program

This is the first in a three-part series on KMC Systems' medical device quality assurance practices.

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Topics: KMC Systems, Medical Product Manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, medical device quality assurance, medical product quality assurance

KMC Systems Plays a Leading Partnership Role in Open Innovation

Sharing ideas and resources by collaborating in “open collaboration” (OI) with trustworthy, value-added partners is increasingly becoming a necessary requirement to stay competitive, address rising healthcare costs and meet market demand for new state-of-the-art medical devices.   

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Topics: KMC360, KMC Systems, medical device design and manufacturing, collaborative innovation

KMC’s communication focus leads to better products and long-term relationships

Open and honest communication for medical device design and manufacturing programs is a cornerstone of KMC System’s business philosophy.  In this interview, Bob Evans, KMC’s Business Development/Marketing Manager, outlines the company’s focus on the importance of the communication process when pursuing new business opportunities for medical device product development and manufacturing.
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Topics: medical device contract manufacturer, KMC Systems, medical device design, medical device manufacturing, medical device design and manufacturing

Medical device design and manufacturing partner supports IVD trends

KMC Systems, Inc. is dedicated to protecting and saving lives through advancing health care technologies that help people on more personal and customizable levels.  Working closely with OEMs and start-ups, KMC Systems continually pioneers innovative solutions to meet the increased medical device design and manufacturing market demand.

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Topics: KMC Systems, medical device design, IVD instrument development program, In Vitro Diagnostics, ivd instrument development, medical device design and manufacturing, medical device, proven processes

How To Engage Employees in Lean Medical Manufacturing Practices

Part 2 of KMC's "Lean Medical Device Manufacturing" blog series

Aside from the improved cost, time-to-market and quality benefits for KMC customers, the lean medical device manufacturing philosophy in the medical manufacturing process also empowers employees.

 Manufacturing Support Team 

“One of the early concerns with introducing lean practices at KMC was that there may be a reduction in the work force,” David Burns, KMC’s assembly manager, said. “That’s a big misconception. In fact, lean medical device manufacturing actually has the reverse effect. By creating greater efficiencies, there is more opportunity to cross-train and make employees even more valuable to the company and the company more valuable to the employees. The more skill sets an employee has, the more valuable they are.”

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Topics: medical device contract manufacturer, medical device lean manufacturing, medical device manufacturers, lean manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, lean medical device manufacturing

KMC’s Lean Medical Manufacturing Philosophy, Practice

Part 1 of a two-part series

Applying its lean manufacturing practices to medical devices and instrumentation, KMC Systems Inc. is achieving significant time-to-market, cost and quality improvements for its customers. “Lean manufacturing helps us trace, create and maintain efficiencies with regards to labor and material expenses,” David Burns, KMC’s assembly manager, explained. “Using lean principles, we are better able to show the customer more accurately what it costs to build and test the device and deliver on that.”

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Topics: medical device manufacturer, KMC Systems, medical device contract manufacturing, medical device lean manufacturing, lean manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, lean medical device manufacturing, medical contract manufacturing, medical device development and manufacturing, lean manufacturing practices

KMC Engineers have "The Knack" ... and a rich life beyond the cubicle

 Posted by Patty Duffey and Gail Jones

October 23, 2012

Engineers are sometimes lightheartedly teased for their intense and intuitive focus on solving or fixing mechanical and electrical things, as mimicked here in "The Knack." Yet, many of our engineers also excel at taking on new challenges and activities beyond work with confidence and ease.

From home schooling four children, coaching and building their own homes to beekeeping, gardening and wine-making, KMC Systems, Inc.'s engineers engage in a multitude of other pursuits.

The company’s policy of every other Friday off enables many to expand upon their external interests. Some believe their life outside of work makes them even more productive at their jobs.

Below is a glimpse of four employees who bravely shared how they use their time off to the fullest extent. Collectively, they have more than thirty hobbies and each is passionate about both their professional and personal lives.

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Topics: KMC360, KMC Systems, medical device design, IVD instrument development program, Medical instrument Design, Medical Instrument Rapid Product Development

KMC Pioneers Medical Device Simulation Modeling To Reduce Risk

This is Part II of a two-part series. See Part I here

By helping medical device developers and OEMs visualize an instrument’s performance  before design even begins, KMC Systems, Inc.’s unique instrument model simulation process helps CEOs create realistic, end-result business plans that save time and money upfront.

 The simulation process employed by KMC brings together “the best of three worlds”-- marketing, engineering and operations --as a sole source for evaluating and defining product features and functions. Assessing options in a model at the concept stage is faster and less expensive than implementing changes during hardware and software integration.

 

 Why KMC as the “model experts” ?

Based on the vision of Spencer M. Lovette, KMC program manager, who foresaw a way for bringing the simulation modeling expertise used in other industries to diagnostics, KMC’s approach cannot be easily duplicated.    

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Topics: KMC Systems, medical device design, IVD instrument development program, proven process, Medical Instrument Rapid Product Development, medical device, Simulation in product development, simulation based design, Medical device simulation modeling