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A key challenge when developing new medical single use products is optimizing automation strategy as volumes grow. Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery systems and medical device systems, routinely helps its customers commercialize new products by providing a scalable solution designed...

Overview The unfortunate truth about manufacturing offshore is that unit cost is rarely reflective of total cost. Nor is every low cost country (LCC) contract manufacturer equally equipped to provide the support required by highly regulated medical product design and manufacturing. A strategy based on having your team train or continually...

Introduction It’s no secret that medical devices are getting smaller. Implants, tubing and drug delivery systems now often require injection molders capable of fabricating parts at a micro level. The smaller the part; the more complex the injection molding process since material behaves differently in smaller shot sizes. Forefront Medical Technology,...

Overview Metal parts have been traditionally used for endoscopes because machined metal parts ensure a tight seal at joints in the device. However, use of metal components is costly and drives a need for the product to be sterilized and reused in order to make cost effective. Since endoscopy is an...

Overview To some, tooling may appear to be simply one more non-recurring engineering (NRE) cost in a product development process. However, in medical disposables manufacturing, it is also the single most important item in ensuring that quality and cost objectives are met. The quality of the tooling design and fabrication process...

Introduction Transferring the manufacturing of medical disposables from one part of the world to another poses unique challenges given the combination of a robust regulatory environment, and custom tooling and automation. That said, when done properly, a ‘lift and shift’ strategy can seamlessly achieve its goals. Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer...

Introduction Outsourcing product development can provide a competitive edge in terms of expanding engineering resources, accessing specialized expertise or reducing time and/or overall cost. However, product development partners can vary widely in terms of the value provided. Additionally, while offshore product development firms can provide a cost advantage; careful consideration should...

Medical device manufacturers face continuing challenges to reduce cost without lowering quality. At the same time, a key benefit of globalization has been the emergence of health care market growth opportunities as the quality of medical care improves in densely populated emerging markets such as China and India. These trends...

Introduction Medical device manufacturers are under continuing pressure to cut cost while delivering superior quality. The amount of identifiable cost that can be taken out of a product through alternative materials and lower cost labor markets is finite, particularly given materials specifications, quality considerations and the fact that disposable medical device...

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