Take It To The Top: Awaiting the helicopter at Maida Adyr

The Take It To The Top VICE Expedition team reached Maida Adyr on Saturday. Here's the message we received:

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

Take It To The Top: A day of travel

As Austin pointed out in his message from the previous blog post, the Take It To The Top VICE Expedition team experienced altitude sickness while acclimatizing in Ala-Archa National Park. They spent today recovering and are ready for the rest of the expedition.

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Topics: KMC360, KMC Systems, medical device contract manufacturing

Take It To The Top: A message from Austin!

We received a message this morning from Austin with details from the Take It To The Top VICE expedition! So, here's an update in his own words:

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

New President Ron Jellison grows medical device manufacturing at KMC

KMC Systems President
Ron Jellison
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Topics: KMC Systems, medical device contract manufacturing, News, medical equipment manufacturers

Take It To The Top: A day of rest

Today, we received the following message, sent at 8:11 a.m., from our Take It To The Top VICE Expedition team: 

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

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

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 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