KMC Systems President Ron Jellison Talks Lean Medical Manufacturing

In this video, KMC Systems President Ron Jellison discusses the medical device manufacturing practices that make KMC Systems successful and the new initiatives on the horizon.

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

ERP and Kanbans go together for Medical Device On-Time Delivery

This is the third in a three-part series on how to improve medical device on-time delivery performance.

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Topics: medical device contract manufacturing, medical device manufacturers, lean medical device manufacturing, medical contract manufacturing, medical device on-time delivery performance, medical contract manufacturer, supply chain management

Win at Medical Device On-Time Delivery Performance: Control Processes

This is the first in a three-part series on how to improve medical device on-time delivery performance.

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Topics: medical device lean manufacturing, lean medical device manufacturing, medical device on-time delivery performance, OTD, medical MES, medical control processes, medical supply chain

Take It To The Top: Back to Bishkek and lean team dynamics

No messages from the Take It To The Top VICE Expedition team today, but Google Earth shows they're traveling back to Bishkek.

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Topics: KMC360, KMC Systems, medical device lean manufacturing, Take It To The Top, VICE Expedition, lean medical device manufacturing

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

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.

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“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

Lean Manufacturing in situ

(Lean Manufacturing Practices in Medical Device Manufacturing)

Employees, a company’s most important asset, must take the initiative to discover opportunities that will create and deliver results-oriented value to their customers.  Studies have shown that employees have a genuine desire to make contributions to the business, but to do so they must:

  • understand the business value proposition
  • be focused on value to the customer and company
  • be empowered in the decision making processes that affects their job 
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Topics: medical device contract manufacturing, lean manufacturing, lean medical device manufacturing, lean manufacturing practices