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

Why OTD Matters When Choosing a Medical Contract Manufacturer

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

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Topics: medical device lean manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, medical device supply chain management, medical device on-time delivery performance, OTD, medical supply chain

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

Lean medical device manufacturing process in KMC production cells

This video shows the main concepts and tools that we use in KMC Systems' lean medical device manufacturing environments to deliver medical instrumentation in a quicker, more cost-effective manner.

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

Take It To The Top: Beach to Bishkek & lean environmental protection

It's been a while, but we've received word from the Take It To The Top VICE Expedition team!

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

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

Take It To The Top: Lean medical manufacturing and mountaineering

The Take It To The Top VICE Expedition team summited Kyrgyzstan's Point 5318 mountain on Monday.

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

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 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