News: KMC Systems Welcomes Laboratory Automation Professionals to SLAS 2013

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Topics: KMC360, medical device manufacturer, medical device contract manufacturer, KMC Systems, medical device contract manufacturing, News, medical device design

KMC's 2012…A year of advancement and successful collaboration

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. 

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Topics: KMC360, medical device manufacturer, KMC Systems, medical device contract manufacturing, medical device manufacturers, lean medical device manufacturing, simulation based design, Medical device simulation modeling

KMC Depot Repair Process

KMC Systems becomes the experts with your instrument so our depot level support is a natural extension of our design and manufacturing services. We provide medical device depot level support in various ways, including:

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Topics: medical device manufacturer, medical device contract manufacturer, KMC Systems, medical device contract manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, proven process, 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

The 7 Cs in Simulation Modeling for Medical Device Design

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. 

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Topics: KMC360, KMC Systems, medical device design, In Vitro Diagnostics, ivd instrument development, medical contract manufacturing, collaborative innovation, in vitro diagnostic device design, Medical instrument Design, Medical Instrument Rapid Product Development, medical device, simulation based design

News: KMC's Walter Gilde is Presenting at Evolution of Advanced IVDs

KMC Systems will be exhibiting and presenting at Evolution of Advanced IVDs in San Diego, California from September 19th-20th. Join Walter Gilde, Business Development Manager, KMC Systems, during lunch on Tuesday September 19 for his presentation on Simulation Reduces Risk Earlier in IVD Instrument Development Programs. 

IVD instrument development programs carry degrees of risks depending on marketing requirements, business value proposition and/or technology maturity. Utilizing an early reliable risk assessment tool is vital to the success of an IVD instrument development program.


Conventional planning processes and tools do not provide sufficient depth of analysis to elucidate all marketing requirements or sufficient insight to discover underlying design shortcomings in proposed concepts. Ideally, one would identify an optimal concept by making early informed feature/function trade-offs.

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Topics: News, IVD instrument development program, Simulation in product development

Lean Manufacturing in situ - Lean Medical Manufacturing

Lean is a Team Effort. Everyone Needs to Be On Board. 

One of the key benefits of a successful lean medical device manufacturing program is the synergistic effect realized from a committed and focused team. In fact without the commitment of the entire team a lean system can fail. It is this interdependency of team members that fuels the team spirit, an essential element of lean medical manufacturing program success.

Let’s talk about lean manufacturing in situ and team …

Back in the day (~480 BC) the famous Greek battleship commander Themistocles gained acclaim for leading the attack and ultimately destroying the Persian fleet. His fleet of trireme ships were of an eloquent design. They provided the superior evasive speed and ramming power to be victorius in the battle of Salamis. 

So one might ask … How did they power this ship?  (hint – this is where the team part comes in). 

The standard warship in Greece at that time was the trireme, a vessel which had three banks of oars with one man to each oar. The total crew of a trireme was about 200, of whom 170 were oarsmen.

Immediately, I’m thinking how did they ever coordinate their rowing  strokes? … especially when the need for course correction was necessary !!

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Topics: medical device manufacturer, KMC Systems, medical device contract manufacturing, medical device lean manufacturing, lean manufacturing