Ask the Expert: Rapid Product Development

The pressure to introduce new medical devices to market quickly and cost-effectively is constant. What strategies can I employ to commercialize my product in a strict timeframe?

BobBob Evans, Business Development Manager, KMC Systems, Inc.

Most medical companies are familiar with rapid prototyping, which allows them to quickly produce parts and test feasibility. However, when a product needs to be developed and manufactured in a limited amount of time, it is necessary to employ a more holistic approach utilizing rapid product development methodology. This method ensures that medical devices are introduced quickly and cost-effectively. Rapid product development essentially divides the approach into three key components: people, processes and technology

 

  • First: Teamwork, education, and communication are critical to the device’s success. Through cross-discipline seminars and impromptu meetings, the entire engineering team understands each function of the system.
  • Second, streamlined processes, including flexibility in the quality control systems and paperless approval systems, ramp up product development.
  • Third, a robust library of software code facilitates the reuse of said code, which controls common hardware used in medical devices and instrumentation. Flexible software development/integration tools, such as our proprietary “ecDiag” software, expedite the software development testing and integration efforts and provide a foundation for manufacturing product testing.

Rapid product development not only reduces time to market for medical device development, it streamlines design and manufacturing processes, and helps reduce costs.

For more information about KMC Systems’ rapid product development click here.

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