KMC Engineers have "The Knack" ... and a rich life beyond the cubicle

 Posted by Patty Duffey and Gail Jones

October 23, 2012

Engineers are sometimes lightheartedly teased for their intense and intuitive focus on solving or fixing mechanical and electrical things, as mimicked here in "The Knack." Yet, many of our engineers also excel at taking on new challenges and activities beyond work with confidence and ease.

From home schooling four children, coaching and building their own homes to beekeeping, gardening and wine-making, KMC Systems, Inc.'s engineers engage in a multitude of other pursuits.

The company’s policy of every other Friday off enables many to expand upon their external interests. Some believe their life outside of work makes them even more productive at their jobs.

Below is a glimpse of four employees who bravely shared how they use their time off to the fullest extent. Collectively, they have more than thirty hobbies and each is passionate about both their professional and personal lives.

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Topics: Medical Instrument Rapid Product Development, KMC360, IVD instrument development program, Medical instrument Design, KMC Systems, medical device design

KMC Pioneers Medical Device Simulation Modeling To Reduce Risk

This is Part II of a two-part series. See Part I here

By helping medical device developers and OEMs visualize an instrument’s performance  before design even begins, KMC Systems, Inc.’s unique instrument model simulation process helps CEOs create realistic, end-result business plans that save time and money upfront.

 The simulation process employed by KMC brings together “the best of three worlds”-- marketing, engineering and operations --as a sole source for evaluating and defining product features and functions. Assessing options in a model at the concept stage is faster and less expensive than implementing changes during hardware and software integration.


 Why KMC as the “model experts” ?

Based on the vision of Spencer M. Lovette, KMC program manager, who foresaw a way for bringing the simulation modeling expertise used in other industries to diagnostics, KMC’s approach cannot be easily duplicated.    

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Topics: Medical Instrument Rapid Product Development, IVD instrument development program, medical device, proven process, KMC Systems, medical device design, Simulation in product development, simulation based design, Medical device simulation modeling

The 7 Cs in Simulation Modeling for Medical Device Design

How important is simulation modeling in the medical instrumentation and laboratory diagnostic industry? This dynamic process helps medical device manufacturers and OEMs mitigate risks, accelerate time-to-market, create better products and reduce development and deployment costs. The businesses that embrace the power of the technology will have an easier time remaining competitive in the medical product marketplace.
This is the first of a two-part series. See Part II here. 

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Topics: Medical Instrument Rapid Product Development, KMC360, Medical instrument Design, medical device, KMC Systems, In Vitro Diagnostics, medical device design, simulation based design, collaborative innovation, in vitro diagnostic device design, medical contract manufacturing, ivd instrument development

Strategies for Rapid Medical Device Development

Rapid product development offers an inherent competitive advantage in the field of medical instruments. There are a number of different strategies that have been utilized in order to achieve results in a minimal amount of time with varying levels of success.

Over time, one thing has become clear. In order to streamline the entire process of developing medical instruments, a holistic approach is critical. In particular a holistic approach with focus on technologies, processes, healthcare management and people. Here is a closer look at some strategies for successful medical instrument rapid product development and how a holistic approach can address them.

  1. When the ultimate desire is speed, one strategy is to leverage appropriate off the shelf technologies that will not only reduce the amount of development time needed , but will also have the product features that meets the needs of the end user at a value perceived price point.

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Topics: Medical Product Design, rapid product development, Medical Instrument Rapid Product Development, medical device development and manufacturing, medical device development