KMC Systems' Top Medical Device Manufacturing Posts of 2013

KMC Systems has had an eventful and successful 2013, and we hope you have, too!

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Topics: medical device contract manufacturer, medical device contract manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, medical contract manufacturing, KMC Systems; medical device; medical device blog, medical contract manufacturers, contract medical manufacturing, medical manufacturing companies

3 Technologies Changing Medical Contract Manufacturing Supply Chain

A report1 published by the IBM Institute for Business Value declares that three emerging technologies have the power to transition the world from “a hardware-based to a software-defined global supply chain” and that these technologies will radically alter the nature of manufacturing as we know it. 

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Topics: medical device manufacturer, medical device contract manufacturer, medical device contract manufacturing, News, medical device manufacturing, medical contract manufacturing, medical device design and manufacturing, medical device development and manufacturing, medical device development, medical product outsourcing, software engineering, mechanical engineering, robotics, medical robotics, medical device supply chain management, medical devices supply chain

How to Choose a Medical Device Contract Manufacturer

You know that choosing the right medical device contract manufacturer is one of the most important, and challenging, aspects of successfully bringing a medical product to market.

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Topics: medical device manufacturer, medical device contract manufacturer, medical device contract manufacturing

See Austin Lines Take It To The Top of an unsummited mountain

We're tracking KMC Systems Mechanical Engineer and mountaineer Austin Lines' Take It To The Top VICE Expedition to the "Forbidden Mountains" of Kyrgyzstan.

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Topics: KMC360, medical device contract manufacturer, KMC Systems, Take It To The Top

KMC’s communication focus leads to better products and long-term relationships

Open and honest communication for medical device design and manufacturing programs is a cornerstone of KMC System’s business philosophy.  In this interview, Bob Evans, KMC’s Business Development/Marketing Manager, outlines the company’s focus on the importance of the communication process when pursuing new business opportunities for medical device product development and manufacturing.
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Topics: medical device contract manufacturer, KMC Systems, medical device design, medical device manufacturing, medical device design and manufacturing

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 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.

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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

Medical Device Contract Manufacturer Involvement ... When?

Do you struggle with determining when is the right time to involve a medical device contract manufacturer ?

This can be the most important decision in determining whether your product meets all your manufacturing goals and is released to market on time. Ron Jellison, KMC Systems' VP of Business Development, spoke at the 4th Annual MPO Symposium in 2011 to the importance of how to get the medical device contract manufacturer (CM) involved at the right time.

 

"We've been involved as early on as the time the OEM selected the designer where they also made the determination of who the manufacturer was going to be.." Jellison said. He went on to say while this is not the most common model, it can be very effective. This allows the manufacturer to be involved in the design reviews and give input into the design of the product. This makes sure that once the product has been transitioned to manufacturing, the product easily fits the manufacturing and testing capabilities for a smooth production and product launch.

Jellison also touched on a more common scenario; "The most common model is where the CM is selected prior to the completion of the development process. For example, you may have an engineering prototype build, then you may be doing another interim build prior to a release to manufacturing, where you involve a CM. This has been a successful model that has worked for us as well."

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Topics: KMC360, medical device manufacturer, medical device contract manufacturer, KMC Systems, medical device contract manufacturing, Medical Product Manufacturing, medical device, medical device outsourced manufacturer, outsourced manufacturer

How Does a Medical Contract Manufacturer Vet an Opportunity?

Have you ever thought about how a medical device manufacturer would vet a business opportunity?

Vetting a business opportunity is a critical first step in building a relationship between an OEM and a Supplier.


In the October issue of MPO, a feature article written by Jim Stommen entitled "Let the Vetting Begin" offers insight to the early interactions of an OEM and a supplier as they both evaluate the business partnering relationship. This topic was also discussed recently at the 4th Annual MPO Symposium during the "Building the Bridge Between OEM Design and Outsourced Manufacturing" panel session.

Ron Jellison, Executive Director of Business Development for KMC Systems was one of the panelists that offered insight to the vetting process used at KMC Systems, Inc.

"When evaluating a large OEM business opportunity we look at the types of products in their portfolio, the competition in their industry, their product sales/distribution channel, and the alignment of our quality system to theirs. For a start-up company, having confidence with the management team and their technical, financial and schedule objectives is an essential foundation for a successful business partnering relationship. " stated Jellison.

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