C-Axis TradeShow February 2017

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Mark Your Calendar! Find C-Axis in Booth 1754

at MD & M, the World’s Largest MedTech Event!

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C-Axis New President

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C-Axis Position Change Announcement

C-Axis is pleased to announce that January 1st, 2017 Dave MacAllister has accepted the position of President of C-Axis Minnesota and C-Axis Puerto Rico.

Dave came to C-Axis with over 30 years of manufacturing experience in the Medical Device industry.

Dave recently held a Director of Operations position with a major Medical Device company and for the last year has been the General Manager of the C-Axis MN facility.

Dave is highly regarded among his peers as an insightful leader and technically brings many years’ experience manufacturing all types of Medical Devices.

Please welcome Dave in his new role at C-Axis.


C-Axis Cutting Edge Technology

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Come See C-Axis’ Cutting-EdgeTechnology Booth 1226c-axis-san-jose-tradeshow-dec

 


The High Cost of Medical Device Development…Where Does the Money Go?

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The High Cost of Medical Device Development…Where Does the Money Go?


Medical Device OEM’s want clear and concise answers; C-Axis dares to bring it. 

It is not the Medical Device Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) fault, nor specifically the Design Engineer, Procurement Management or the Production Supervisor; the innovators that bring their ideas to a true medical device development/manufacturing company should find a real partner in their effort to bring a concept to reality.

The truth lies within planning, or perhaps we should state, the lack of that sometimes nebulous concept…and it is a big concept in successful medical device manufacturing.

The rub is this…when the manufacturing company operates under a smaller banner of product development strategy, planning (which should include: prototyping, R&D, process design, quality management, material selection and all the other steps in the production-process which actually do require extensive planning) often go unaddressed until it’s too-late to halt the “product development cost-train” which is often speeding along way too fast to slow it’s pace or shut-down quickly.

It is known that many Medtech contract manufacturers submit estimates (based often upon rudimentary drawings) along with caveats which may well turn into a high frequency of “change orders” helping to justify higher production costs.

That is not “best practices”. Nor is it the way to build solid relationships for the future.

This is also about the very real ability and fervent desire to communicate with each other. Contract manufacturers within the medical device community need to be up-front and on top of their current understanding of their own capability-set and what is available outside their own purview which can assist in streamlining the process.  

The ideas need to be shared. Production steps need to be meticulously outlined and discussed. Consensus needs to be reached.

Every rock (or boulder in some cases) needs to be toppled over and looked at with well-focused eyes. Only then can the higher cost of development be tamed.

Experience counts in this arena. Knowing what has worked in the past, but more importantly what has not, is generally a significant key to unlocking lower developmental costs.

The well-shared but often-times overlooked steps behind real “Design for Manufacturability” studies must be a significant link in the production-process before anything is started.

These studies (from an enlightened contract manufacturer) will show how actual cost-savings are uncovered, as well as, ways to bring the part, component or assembly to market in the most time-effective manner.  

Helping to bring a new product to market on time can be a huge cost-saving measure, as well.

Bottom-line, do not fall short when choosing a medical device contract manufacturing partner.

It can mean the difference between bringing your best possible version forward, ready to help save lives, or a failed attempt still on the table…awaiting approval for more cost-overruns.


Medical Device Technology

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Medical Device Technology – Expectations Must Be Met 

Medtech (a.k.a. Medical Technology) Design Engineers and other medical device decision-makers have a certain set of expectations when choices must be made regarding contract manufacturing.

It is surprising how many contract manufacturing companies think their facility, which may house various equipment and inspection areas, are enough to provide all that is needed (and expected) to fulfill the actual needs of the medical device community.

It is also somewhat surprising how many manufacturing entities provide service to the medical device original equipment manufacturer (OEM) but also share that space to manufacture parts, components and even assemblies for many other markets.

Let’s face it, Medtech is different. The needs often supersede those of automotive, aerospace, industrial and so many other specific markets with their own requirements; markets that often do not require the extreme precision, cleanliness, development-mapping, attention to time and cost analysis like Medtech.

It was under such a banner that C-Axis was created. 

Whether the Medtech OEM enters the doors of the Minneapolis or the Puerto Rico facility, we know eyes and ideas become more open to possibility. We’ve seen this happen, over and over again.

Through the years, this company has grown by harmoniously accommodating one specific marketplace.

The facilities and all that each represents in terms of their capability are one thing, but it is the manner in which C-Axis performs that truly takes on a “different meaning” when actual medical device contract manufacturing is being performed.

Most likely, and most often discussed, is the whole ideation surrounding “cross-functional/multi-disciplinary team work”.

Basically, what the Medtech OEM sees and understands about C-Axis is how engineering, quality, process-planning, purchasing and delivery systems are in constant communication not only internally, but with every customer. 

This is done as a single-unit of performance and the intentional desire is built around making sure the C-Axis customer is never kept in the dark.

It works. It stands apart. It has been fine-tuned and honed but is always open to becoming better. 

Cross-functional, multi-disciplinary teamwork is a consistently working, non-judgmental system approach to bring Medtech a new state-of-being based purely upon the peace of mind of every customer C-Axis serves.

The idea that each customer’s project is transparent, of course only to them, is as an effective approach to satisfying Medical Device OEM expectations as we have found.

Without any doubt, that performance-pledge will continue to grow and expand as more and more Medtech OEM’s bring further expectations to the table. C-Axis will continue to find successful ways to provide answers…working together as one.


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It’s the Last Day of the Minneapolis TradeShow!

C-Axis is in Booth #1204

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Sept Tradeshow

Come See C-Axis in Booth # 1204

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Cold Jet i3 MicroClean Example 2 of the On-Going Series of Technological Updates

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Another great example of staying cutting-edge in the medical device industry is our new

Cold Jet i3 MicroClean Precision Cleaning and Product Finishing System

a very cool addition to the C-Axis finishing department…quite literally.

Cold Jet

Featuring Cold Jet’s patented shaved MicroParticle technology, the single hose electric MicroClean is an incredible performer especially when precision counts.

Using a revolutionary dry-ice micro-particle cleaning delivery media, this environmentally responsible system enables us to safely clean delicate surfaces, complex cavities and deeper crevices without surface abrasion, disassembly or harmful secondary waste.

Medical Device OEM’s in need of specific and particular finishing requirements find the performance outcomes from this new capability outstanding.

Keep your eyes open for the latest on new equipment and capabilities that bring greater options for our customers in our  Ongoing Series of Technological Updates at C-Axis

In the coming months, we will share our continuing efforts in uncovering the newest technologies and additions to the C-Axis line of medical device manufacturing equipment. All designed to bring a more complete service-set to every Medical Device OEM we serve.

Also see: Zeiss O-Inspect 


ZEISS O-INSPECT Example 1 of Our On-Going Series of Technological Updates

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A great example of C-Axis remaining technology-based and cutting-edge is our

ZEISS O-INSPECT Multi-Sensor Measuring Equipment

The “O-INSPECT” enables us to accurately measure every characteristic, optically or by contact.

The ZEISS O-INSPECT delivers unmatched 3D accuracy compliant with stringent ISO 13485 standards.

C-Axis, being known for our abilities to perform within extremely tight and detailed tolerances, has found our medical device OEM customers are bringing us many more drawings falling into the ‘precisely-detailed’ category.

Consequently, it became evident that in order to purely examine the validity, we needed the ability to measure the outcomes in a more precise manner.

The O-INSPECT allows us to perform in that way. This highly-effective measuring tool is a welcome addition to our robust metrology offering.

Keep your eyes open for the latest on new equipment and capabilities that bring greater options for our customers in our Ongoing Series of Technological Updates at C-Axis

Download our Zeiss_O-INSPECT Brochure


Medical Technology: Series Announcement

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ENHANCED TECHNOLOGY UPDATE SERIES

(An ongoing Series of Technological Updates at C-Axis)

The C-Axis #1 Priority: Remain Technology-Based and Stay Cutting-Edge
New Equipment and Capability Decisions Bring Greater Options for Customers

Staying current with the world of medical device technology and how it changes with each new innovation can be a daunting task. It is nearly a full-time position. 

Now, couple that with the vast amount of “think-tanks” and “brain-trusts” Medtech employs to enhance the research for newer ways to assist clinicians in their ever-diligent quest to find answers for human healing. 

It is stunning what is becoming available to specialized companies like C-Axis. It needs to be a vital part of the contract manufacturer’s role.

Where to look? What is available? How will a certain piece of equipment or an enhanced model of a current capability be of assistance?

The myriad of questions are all valid, but the best answers lie directly in what we can use, and how extensions of our already robust capability can provide, positive affects on the outcome of our customer’s requirements.

That’s the best approach in deciding what we add into our capability-mix. But, it takes time, a great deal of thought and analysis; yet, it is absolutely necessary to remain technology-based and stay cutting edge. That is the C-Axis way and has been from the start.

In this weblog special series, we will begin sharing some of these key decisions and the reasoning behind them.

It will hopefully bring new light regarding how C-Axis thinks, and why we believe a more thorough approach to customer need can often make the difference between being able to afford a new medical breakthrough, or not. (We are after affordability, by the way.)