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Getting the Most Out of Your Contract Manufacturer Relationship

November 1, 2013 3:41 pm | by Brian Higgins, VP of Sales and Marketing, Sil-Pro | Sil-Pro, LLC | Comments

Most OEMs have much higher overhead costs due to facility occupancy rates. Their variable costs can also be higher; trying to forecast volumes and balance the level of staffing required to meet demand. There are also contingency advantages...

Price Wins the Day for Today’s Contract Manufacturer

November 1, 2013 3:30 pm | by Steve Heckman, Senior R&D Engineer, Plastics One | Plastics One, Inc. | Comments

Despite the talk of partnerships, most customers are mostly interested in low prices. In recent years, long-standing relationships have been broken by young, aggressive purchasing managers seeking to make a name for themselves by squeezing...

Trust in Manufacturing Has to be Earned

November 1, 2013 2:52 pm | by Treasa Springett, President, Donatelle | Donatelle Plastics Inc. | Comments

Trust is something that can only come over time, through building a relationship. Initially, it begins with the basics of understanding and meeting the needs of the OEM and providing strong customer service. Ultimately, it becomes a commitment...

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A Good Contract Manufacturer Is a Partner

November 1, 2013 2:44 pm | by Faina Zaslavsky, Director of Microelectronics Solutions, Crane Electronics | Crane Aerospace & Electronics | Comments

Some OEMs may see the contract manufacturer as a simple service-for-fee vendor. In reality, a good contract manufacturer is a partner who co-develops the assembly with the OEM and works closely with the OEM to create a qualification and...

Innovation Today Isn’t Only About Building a Better Product

November 1, 2013 2:35 pm | by Kevin Walsh, VP and GM, Celestica HealthTech and Automated Manufacturing Services | Celestica, Inc. | Comments

For medical device companies, innovation no longer means simply creating a better product than your competitors. It’s about building a comprehensive business model that covers every aspect of a product’s life cycle. That means being innovative in...

Bright Future Ahead for Medical Molding

November 1, 2013 12:25 pm | by Stephen Lee, Business Development Manager, Pelham Plastics Corp. | Comments

We see no sign of medical molding slowing down. If fact, we see the increasing need and benefit for more comprehensive collaboration with our customers. Demand for greater product performance, such as burst pressure in a catheter device, with...

Overmolding Increased Benefits onto Medical Devices

October 31, 2013 4:39 pm | by Lee Fox, Regulatory Compliance Manager; Randy Pell, Senior Staff Design Engineer; Michael Hansen, Ph.D., Senior Technical Development Engineer; and Joan Magrath, VP, Sales & Engineering | Mackmedical/Mack Molding | Comments

Surgeons are becoming increasingly enamored with soft-touch handles on surgical instruments, which improve grip and minimize slipperiness. Handles can be overmolded in an ergonomic shape that fits the surgeon’s hand, but can still interact...

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Smaller Is Better with Molding

October 29, 2013 4:12 pm | by Mark McCourtney, Director of Sales and Marketing, JunoPacific | JunoPacific, Inc. | Comments

Whether talking about minimally invasive surgical devices or implantable devices, smaller is better. Medical OEMs are striving for miniaturization, lighter weight and component cost reduction. Micro molding of components can accomplish all the...

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Numerous Considerations when Molding for MedTech

October 28, 2013 3:08 pm | by Jim Ritzema, Director of Operations and Technology, Rogan Corporation | Rogan Corporation | Comments

Molders have several ways to help device manufacturers meet UDI requirements. In-mold decorating capability can make the unique identifying code and any necessary part identification codes an integral part of the component. Permanent engraving ...

Cost vs. Price in Medical Molding

October 28, 2013 2:56 pm | by Jason L. E. Meslin, Senior Industry Manager, Healthcare—Thermoplastics, PolyOne Distribution | PolyOne Corp. | Comments

Too often a designer goes from a strategic perspective to tactical one by concentrating on price. We often talk with our customers about comparing the overall cost or impact of a using one polymer versusanother. Price represents one point in time...

Animal-Derived Component Free Molding for Medical Devices

October 25, 2013 3:38 pm | by David Johnson, Engineering Manager; Steve Fischer, Senior Manufacturing Engineer; Ryan Fuhr, Senior Manufacturing Engineer; Sven Nelson, Project Manager; and John Haley, VP of Operations | Advanced Molding Technology | Comments

A group of representatives from Advanced Molding Technologies was a part of the staff written article, “Molders Address Biggest Device Issues.” They took time to present an array of responses that were not all able to be included in the article...

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Polarity Thinking in Medical Device Development

October 18, 2013 3:44 pm | by Annelies Tjebbes, Biomedical Electrical Engineer, StarFish Medical | Comments

Polarity thinking is the management of interdependent, usually conflicting values or issues in a way to create a complementary effect. The medical device environment is full of polarities which often come into conflict or tension. Take for example...

Hydrogels: Building a Better Wound Dressing

October 17, 2013 2:14 pm | by Gregory Robb, VP Operations, Alliqua, Inc. | Comments

If you look up the term “hydrogel” in a medical dictionary, you’ll probably find a definition that runs something like this: “A three-dimensional cross-linked network of water-soluble polymers capable of numerous chemical configurations.” Although strictly speaking...

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Test Equipment Critical for Successful Kidney Dialysis Devices

October 16, 2013 4:47 pm | by Gene Grilli, Director of Global Sales, Uson | Uson, L.P. | Comments

Most people know that a major function of the kidneys is to remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. These waste products and excess fluid are removed through the urine. When the kidneys become damaged or diseased, it becomes...

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Antimicrobial Materials Can Aid with Patient Safety

October 16, 2013 4:39 pm | by Lawrence Gabriel, Business Development Manager, Molding Compounds/Performance Polymers, Evonik Corporation | Evonik Cyro, LLC | Comments

As a leading supplier of acrylic-based thermoplastic products, Evonik Cyro is continually working with its end-users on the identification of current and future product needs. Citing the demand for products that have antimicrobial capabilities...

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