At Ferriot, we realize that many (if not most) savvy medical industry OEMs want to focus on their core competencies and let another company perform the details of the actual product build. Contract Manufacturing provides numerous opportunities to greatly reduce capital expenditures and operating costs while ensuring the highest quality for the final product.
What we’ve learned over our years of experience is that there’s a clear process to follow to guarantee success when using a contract manufacturer. When done correctly, applying the right process results in both great customer satisfaction and great performing products.
For companies considering transitions or moving production to a contract manufacturer, the process is very much the same as when entering any long-term business relationship. It's all about gathering as much information as possible and then making an educated, informed choice.
In the article, Seven Steps to Successful Contract Manufacturing for the Medical Industry, our very own Dave Hartman presents some guidelines that can be used as a road map for a successful partnership between a medical industry OEM and a contract manufacturer including these steps:
- Finalizing Design Considerations
- Contractor Selection
- Knowledge Transfer/Development of Process
- Supply Line Development
- Training and Process Qualification
- Pilot Builds
- Entering the Production Phase
To learn more about all seven steps to contract manufacturing success, read the full article in Medical Design Briefs.
Ferriot is a full-service provider of injection molded products ranging from enclosures and encasements for medical equipment to business machines, industrial and consumer products. Our extensive expertise includes engineering, tooling design, injection molding, custom molding, sub- and finished assembly and the on-time delivery of components and finished products for major industry.
Ferriot’s engineering team can design complex molds and develop products with outer surfaces with a varying range of performance requirements necessary in a medical environment. The team takes products and components from concept to finished manufacturing — starting with mold design and engineered resin selection, to finished product production, complete with decorative finishes and branding.
Examples of our medical solutions include:
- Special resin selection and part design for lens encasements through which light can beam, achieving important performance criteria
- Shielding that protects a device from radio frequency interference (RFI) and the outside environment from electromagnetic interference (EMI)
- Outer surfaces that withstand hospital-strength cleaning products
- Mobile arms that extend from medical devices
With almost 90 years of institutional experience, a trained workforce averaging nearly 20 years of experience per employee and a 200,000-square-foot facility, Ferriot runs multiple assembly lines around the clock. Quality-control extends to every product they turn out.
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