turing, are cause for excitement. There is a constant demand for quicker, better, less expensive.
This is a frightening prospect if you do not keep
up with technological changes that allow you to
Myers: In our Nypro business, we’re doing a lot
of work in growing disease states such as COPD
(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and diabetes—where devices are used in combination
with pharmaceuticals. We’re well-positioned to
grow in emerging markets. That’s exciting for us,
too. We have seen over the last couple years, however, a lot more
cyclicality in the capital-goods business and the limiting of buying
behaviors for big capital items. Where we typically had longer buying cycles and quicker buying signals from the customer—
particularly in the United States and Western Europe—now has slowed
down. And, of course, that’s a cause of concern for us.
Dunn: Minimally invasive surgical procedures, implantable
monitoring devices, and mechanical circulatory support devices all seem to be growing. These areas are a great match for
CIRTEC’s skill sets, so we find these trends very exciting.
8. MPO: What qualities make for a
solid outsourcing relationship?
Dunn: Communication, communication,
communication and a robust quality system. The
foundation of a solid outsourcing relationship
is good communication between the client and
the contract manufacturer. We have to start from
the same place—the client should be clear about
what they want, and the contract manufacturer
needs to be clear about what they will deliver. If
there is a development phase, the client should
be clearly communicating any changing requirements in terms of
scope or timeline, and the contract manufacturer should be clearly communicating project status and any challenges encountered.
In production, the client must clearly communicate their forecast,
and the contract manufacturer must keep the client informed on
delivery dates. In addition, both sides must be available quickly
to evaluate and respond to any challenges encountered with the
product in manufacturing. In addition, the contract manufacturer’s quality system is very important—the client must be confident that they will receive conforming product.
• Accurate, qualified medical parts and sub-assemblies
• No NRE
• 1 week delivery on most prototypes
• 4 weeks delivery on most production
• Free collaboration on DFM
• Unique fixtures to preserve price points
• All metals, most plastics
• ISO 13485-2003
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