The future of medical devices is influenced by technological trends and opportunities that promise to revolutionize the operations of healthcare providers and medical technology companies.
Fremont, CA: In an ideal setting, medical device companies and their contract manufacturers inspect products on the same equipment, through similar tests and methods. But in reality, it is more common to possess various inspection machines and means that the companies have to make it function together. By aligning two separate systems, the companies can ensure consistent results that satisfy the requirements, help in reducing production costs, and shorten revision cycles. The inspection machine is the leading way to align metrology particles and drive these positive results. This process must not be explored by and medical device company working with a contract manufacturer.
Here are four benefits of inspection matching in medical device manufacturing.
1. Decrease costs -Contract manufacturers can join hands with medical device enterprises to identify potential methods of reducing production expenses. Forecasting how much time it takes to measure a feature and what equipment is used to produce a specific part every time effectively will help in this process.
When inspection matching occurs during pre-production, the insights derived can be included in the device's design. When inspection matching occurs after designs are final, the goal is to balance costs. A contract manufacturer can help identify the least invasive way to gather the required inspection data.
2. Create a consistent product across different suppliers - Consistency is paramount in medical devices. It is an especially important consideration if you’re working with multiple suppliers to develop parts for a device.
3. Shorten the trial-and-error process of approving visual features- Measuring appearance and finish can lengthen product development timelines as bead blasting and color anodizing are adjusted trial-and-error basis. Defining the subjective features through picture boards or an ordinal scale can help save time. With the pass/fail criteria fixed early in the process, attribute agreement studies can shorten the revision cycle by finding and eliminating operator-to-operator variability.
4. Take advantage of dock-to-stock efficiencies- In some cases, inspection matching allows companies to implement dock-to-stock practices. If the supplier’s inspection data statistically matches the incoming inspection data of your company, it’s possible to eliminate a company’s incoming inspection once the paperwork is filed with the FDA. This use of inspection matching is slowly gaining popularity by medical device companies, but it is still relatively rare in the industry.