The Benefits of Co-located Engineering and Manufacturing Teams

Engineer_Manufacturing_Collaboration.jpgNeed engineering and manufacturing expertise to bring your product from concept through production? It helps to chose a firm that offers both engineering and manufacturing as part of a total product lifecycle approach. Keeping your project under one roof optimizes invention and mitigates risk during the transition from engineering and design to production. Medical Device Developments spoke with KMC's Mike Kallelis about this very topic.

In a recent online article by Medical Device Developments, the benefits of co-location engineering and manufacturing services is discussed. 

  1. Collaboration is facilitated when both disciplines work side by side from the start of development to the post-commercial launch of the medical instrumentation.
  2. The synergistic relationship between engineering and manufacturing is especially important for the product launch of complex automated medical-device platforms, which require seamless transfer of knowledge during each phase of development, which impacts the project success, customer confidence and corresponding sales.

As Michael Kallelis, head of business development for KMC Systems explains, “In the medical device market, it’s not uncommon for a project to fail during the handoff from engineering to manufacturing. Often times, the root cause is weak organizational structure between the engineering and manufacturing teams.” Errors are more likely to occur when engineering and manufacturing teams work in silos, or when one firm handles engineering and design and another firm handles first-run manufacturing. When teams are not working in close collaboration, issues inevitably arise due to gaps in communication, documentation and phase transitions. 

When a firm integrates teams of experts in medical product development, design and manufacturing, throughout the life of a project, collaboration, documentation, and quality control are optimized and risks are minimized because there is no handoff from design to manufacturing -- you’re working with one cohesive team throughout the project.

While it’s possible for a product to overcome transition challenges, and it can be a costly recovery – in both time and money. If problems occur during device development, for example, but they are not identified until production or testing, the result can be costly iterations and delayed time to market. Also, if customers aren’t happy, sales teams will be less likely to effectively sell the product which affects overall commercial success. “If sales fall short of plan,” Kallelis explains, “the device company can face a sharp dip in revenue and consequential declining sales line.” 

“KMC Systems’ integrated approach has proven to be successful since 1980,” states Kallelis, “our Total Product Life Cycle (TPLC) approach ensures that every team member in engineering, design, and manufacturing works in close collaboration with one another and with our customers’ teams throughout a project. Every aspect of a project is considered and scrutinized. Our integrated, multidimensional teams work together with one goal in mind – successfully bringing our customers’ groundbreaking instrumentation to market. This is ingrained in KMC’s culture. It’s how we do things. We’ve built our reputation on it.”

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Topics: medical contract manufacturing, Total Product Life Cycle, medical engineering