KMC looks back on 2012 as a year of advancement in medical device design and manufacturing for both our customers and us. Our technical and manufacturing teams were focused on enhancing existing lean manufacturing processes and optimizing design through simulation modeling and collaborative development.
Some of the 2012 highlights:
- Medical Device Manufacturing - KMC reports another year of success with their program called “Kwick Kaizen” that gives employees incentives to engage in the Japanese practices that focus upon continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering, and business management. Employees submit ideas for a method change that would improve productivity, quality, cost, delivery and/or safety. After these kaizen idea submissions are reviewed and implemented, a drawing is held periodically at company meetings where a cash reward drawing is selected from participant submissions.
- Medical Instrument Simulation Modeling - KMC developed custom simulation tools that analyze and optimize IVD platform concept architectures and feature trade offs early in the architecture concept phase. This simulation tool has proven to be very effective in exposing concealed requirements relationships, design conflicts, and technical risks ultimately reducing development and program schedule risk.
- Medical Device Manufacturing Customer Spotlight - KMC developed and now assembles and tests the BIO-FLASH® instrument for Biokit, SA, a worldwide manufacturer of clinical diagnostic reagents. The BIO-FLASH® instrument is a benchtop fully automated random access chemilumninescent analyzer performing a variety of autoimmune diagnostic, clotting and infectious diseases tests with a throughput of up to 450 results in a single shift.
- KMC Systems “In the News” - KMC Systems, Inc. was featured in the March issue of MPO article entitled “A Diagnosis in Flux” written by Jim Stommen. Born and Raised in Diagnostics, page 60, highlights the birth of KMC Systems coupled with its management’s perspective of the in-vitro diagnostics space. Both Ron Jellison, Executive Director of Business Development and Walter Gilde, Manager Business Development, offer their expert opinions.
- KMC created a new blog series “Lean Manufacturing in situ” for real life insight to lean medical device manufacturing. The latest blog explains some of the realized benefits of lean manufacturing. Aside from the improved cost, time-to-market and quality benefits for KMC customers, the lean tools and philosophy in the medical device manufacturing process also empowers employees. “One of the big fears with introducing lean is that there will be a big reduction in the work force,” said David Burns, KMC’s assembly manager. “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.”
- Medical Device Design and Manufacturing Events - KMC was present at major industry tradeshows as an exhibitor and presenter, including BIOMEDevice, Boston, Next Generation DX in Washington, DC and Evolution of Advanced IVDs in San Diego, CA to name just a few.
“The year end always brings thankful reflection along with hopeful resolutions and plans to make the upcoming year even better. It is no different for the team here at KMC,” comments Bob Evans, Business Development and Marketing Manager. “It has been a very exciting year for KMC as we continue to grow and expand our services to meet our customers’ needs. We have a lot to be thankful for, most importantly, our relationships with our customers. Our customers’ trust in us as a chosen collaborative partner for their design, manufacturing and field support needs is paramount to our success.”
"We take our customer care philosophy very seriously. At the core of our customer care philosophy is to provide an unparalleled service as a collaborative partner. Our customers expect more than the basic accessibility, accountability, responsivenes, and performance qualities of a good business partner. As a collaborative partner we go to the next level by being a seamless extension of a customers' organization realizing greater efficiencies. KMC is thankful for our team of dedicated and enthusiastic professionals, who are committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations day after day.”
The entire KMC team is thankful for our successes in 2012 and looks forward to serving our customers in 2013 with the hope that through our collective efforts that we both may prosper.