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

10 Tips to Help Prevent a Medical Device Development Failure

We asked industry experts, including our collaborative product development partners Farm and Sunrise Labs Inc. to share their experience and tips on how to prevent failure during the development phase of a medical instrumenation project.  

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Topics: medical equipment manufacturing, medical device manufacturer, medical device development

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

Is your medical device tax canary still chirping?

                                           

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Topics: medical device manufacturer, KMC Systems, medical device design, medical device design and manufacturing, medical device

News: KMC Systems Welcomes Laboratory Automation Professionals to SLAS 2013

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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

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