SUPPORTING A FULL PRODUCT LIFE CYCLE IN THE MEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION MARKETAuthors: Kevin Stokes and Paul Plante
Company: Kimball Electronics Group
Date Published: 10/11/2007 Conference: SMTA International
-Significant variance in volumes over the life cycle of the product
-Periodic specialized engineering support needs
-Extensive test support capabilities
-Procurement strategies which support both cost competitive sourcing of “commodity” materials plus very specialized custom parts or third-party hardware
-Proactive identification of component obsolescence issues, and requirements for end-of-life buys and subsequent stocking of that material for several years
-Fast response time in product development and repair depot activities
-Extensive documentation support capabilities and required third-party quality certifications
-Ability to support fairly long end-of-life cycle requirements with limited ability to cost effectively redesign the product
-Product validation requirements which limit both the Approved Vendor List (AVL) and the ability to change processes and/or equipment on the manufacturing floor
-The ability to retain and disseminate traceability and manufacturing quality data on request as long as the product remains in use in the field.
Additionally, several project examples illustrating ways that an EMS provider and its OEM customers have teamed to address these issues will be discussed.
Key words: Medical product outsourcing, EMS, lifecycle management, contract manufacturing.
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