ADAPTING LEAN PRINCIPLES TO MEDICAL PROJECTS IN THE EMS ENVIRONMENT
Author: Todd Baggett Company: EPIC Technologies Date Published: 9/12/2006
Medical Electronics Symposium
Abstract: While many electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers highlight their adoption of Lean manufacturing principles, the reality is that the dynamics of the EMS production environment is not conducive to widespread adoption of Lean principles because of the large number of customers and unique projects likely to be present in any given factory. The higher mix, heavily regulated nature of medical equipment manufacturing can create further barriers to successful Lean implementation. EPIC Technologies’ Synchronous Flow Manufacturing (SFM) process enables Lean manufacturing principles to work across a wide variety of projects because of its focus on increasing production process flexibility throughout the organization vs. a focus on product redesign or process-specific improvement efforts. This paper will discuss the challenges and benefits of using the SFM process in outsourced medical manufacturing. Key words: outsourcing, EMS, contract manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, Lean manufacturing.