How important is simulation modeling in the medical instrumentation and laboratory diagnostic industry? This dynamic process helps medical device manufacturers and OEMs mitigate risks, accelerate time-to-market, create better products and reduce development and deployment costs. The businesses that embrace the power of the technology will have an easier time remaining competitive in the medical product marketplace.
This is the first of a two-part series. See Part II here.
Demand for simulation in the medical device industry continues to escalate as healthcare reforms and regulatory requirements evolve. KMC Systems creates model simulation tools and processes to verify design concept limitations and measure throughput, operational efficiency and resource utilization as a part of the KMC360® Rapid Product Development program.
Simulation modeling can avoid repeated building of physical prototypes enabling users to virtually investigate many digital prototypes, and analyze all inputs, constraints and device behaviors. Medical device engineers can now solve real life design problems in a systematic manner with a data driven approach.
From a conceptual design perspective, KMC simulation experts optimize system architecture by providing more clarity for design requirements at the concept stage. Previously, without modeling, problems were discovered painfully late in the hardware/software integration stage—costing more expense and delays in bringing products to market.
Simulation modeling is a forward moving process, which entails the identification of bottlenecks, design conflicts and technical risks at the earliest stages possible. KMC works in harmony with its clients marketing and product management groups to use simulation modeling as an extension of their research and development efforts and to provide a robust definition of requirements for product development.
KMC employs a unique process of bringing the intelligence of the teams together to make the simulated model work effectively through “the seven C’s of simulation-based design modeling”:
1. CONNECT- The management, marketing, engineering, manufacturing and operations teams are fully connected throughout the simulation process. The flow of information is consistent throughout the team and is easily shared with all design variables evaluated.
2. COMMUNICATE- The teams communicate openly about all design challenges, conflicts, ideas
and recommendations to ensure no stone is left unturned. From there, the modeling tool can create a scenario of “what if” analyses to provide valuable feedback across the team.
3. COLLABORATE- The teams operate in a co-development structure with frequent collaboration on product development ideas. KMC helps companies visualize the prototype design, which results in quicker detection and resolution of architectural problems. Early collaboration of multi-disciplinary teams makes it easier to review the process holistically—from project feasibility, concept design and development to verification and validation, manufacturing, and product launch.
“By engaging in rigorous modeling you can expose new opportunities and even better ideas into the development process.” --Spencer M. Lovette, KMC Program Manager
4. CRITICIZE- The teams address design critiques and immediately incorporate new architect solutions and design iterations into the simulation process.
5. COMPARE- The teams compare the model results to targeted results to confirm the device design meets performance objectives. Throughput results are measured and basic behaviors are simulated to verify the design satisfies the performance criteria. Hardware and software architectural solutions are compared throughout the simulation process providing valuable insight into performance and exposing potential failure models. Even a simple model can enable a design team to compare the performance of different architecture options with differing associated costs.
6. CONCEIVE- The teams work together to conceive new ideas and solutions. The simulation process encourages out-of-the-box thinking which drives more valuable feedback into the development process.
7. CONFIRM- The teams can confidently move forward to the product launch phase knowing that their design architecture has been tested and systematically analyzed for all potential conflicts and design considerations.
Simulation modeling greatly enhances the design process by:
- Identifying design conflicts and technical risks
- Shortening product development times
- Accelerating product innovation and generating new ideas
- Preventing surprises in device behavior
- Improving device quality and operational effectiveness
- Establishing best practices
The wisdom gained from KMC’s virtual prototyping services provides a complete solution that brings together the people, processes, and technology to streamline the simulation process and improve on market delivery time and deployment costs. The collaborative structure reduces product development risk and solidifies the teams confidence in the design.
To learn more about the ways KMC utilizes model simulation to produce significant bottom line results that improves business plan forecasts, read part 2 of our series. That blog, which will be posted next Tuesday, is titled “KMC pioneers the use of simulation modeling to reduce medical device design risk and save CEOs money.”
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