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 Developer Partnerships

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Medical Developer Partnerships – A New Consideration

The medical developer manufacturing world and their customers have tried to define their relationship with a myriad of words and phrases over the years.

Words used might start with Contract, Developer, Product, Component or Process which are possibly followed by Manufacturing, Management or Partnership.

The end result usually means the two are engaged in business and the relationship will hopefully carry-on over time.

They are just words… but, not at C-Axis.

What does it take to be awarded a coveted place on a premiere Medtech OEM’s Global Supplier’s List, or a Preferred Vendor List, or consistently given accolades for integrity within manufacturing and gained trust showing performance above and beyond on a continuous level?

It takes complete dedication to one global marketplace: precision manufacturing and creative development for the betterment and satisfaction of the Medical Device Community.

The word “dedication” has strength, or at least we think it should. Because when a Medtech OEM finds a manufacturing company which has defined their unique role within medical device manufacturing and built a business around every facet of that important list, only then can they strike a balance of “partnership”. Why would any medical device OEM want to form a partnership with a company who can not perform in a complete manner?

A company so dedicated to a specific market-segment that they can anticipate the needs, demonstrate perseverance and find new roads to travel while never giving up on uncovering process procedures which allow for the best possible outcomes.

The complete manufacturing service offering includes the right talent, the best equipment, facilities designed for optimum performance and possessing certifications required to produce the most quality-efficient parts, components and assemblies possible.

That kind of dedication to the medical device communities they singularly serve, is shown every day; their customers know it, see it and want to partner with it.

This is the C-Axis definition of Developer Partnership.

A place of trust, mutual respect and specialized performance all dedicated to one main purpose: Help every medical device customer succeed.