Manufacturers of medical devices and their supply chain partners are always in search of ways to leverage manufacturing techniques that are scalable, stable, and proficient. Yet, simultaneously, the requirements of device performance can be intricate.
FREMONT, CA: Trends in manufacturing for medical applications that are making use of pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) can be as contrasting as the items that the PSAs hold together, whether wound care solutions, wearables, diagnostic instruments, or ostomy devices. Yet, there is a presence of some commonality. One of the key trends can be summarized as—the less complex the supply chain is, the better.
Manufacturing: Simplicity and Proficiency
Every device manufacturer is aware of the fact that insurer reimbursement goes only one way, i.e., lower. Thus, they have constant pressure on their heads to produce products more proficiently. The bottom lines of device makers get benefitted when they obtain equivalent results with a simplified materials roster or a bit different device designs. This is where material suppliers can assist an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in observing an item in a fresh light.
For introducing the products in the market faster, OEMs are also keen to look for converters that can offer maximum capabilities under one roof—the one-stop-shop. Besides, the increasing number of OEMs is moving towards dual sourcing arrangements, which needs at least one back-up supplier for every production aspect. They will have a competitive edge over the OEMs who are assessing numerous more contractor arrangements if they will develop strong relationships with two one-stop shops. For intricate devices like wearables, in addition to converting, other crucial needs comprise software and hardware development, which will most probably need an ecosystem of partners to bring items to market. The value of the supply partner depends on the strength of the convertor’s capabilities.
There are more exciting advances to watch within the manufacturing supply base, which enhances cost-efficiency and productivity.
Moreover, leading medical converters are slowly using laser cutting technology that has the ability to emit very low levels of dust and debris, thus keeping the particulate count lower in the cleanroom ambiance. Besides, advancements in flexographic printing and new inkless printing techniques equip OEMs and their converters with more choices to print with greater efficiency, flexibility, and less waste.