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Engineers Supporting NPI and DFM when Outsourcing Medical Devices

Posted by Phil Holman on Jun 14, 2017 11:16:09 AM

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A Dedicated Supply Chain Might Help with Time, Volatility, and Documentation Issues

Engineers in the medical device industry who provide design and process support for manufacturing, along with supply chain managers, often have a challenging job to do when pushing towards a new product introduction (NPI), time to market (TTM), or design for manufacturing (DFM) initiative. To gain more insights about this, we recently ran a survey that asked engineers and supply chain managers questions regarding the challenges and successes of their jobs.

Medical_Device_Supply_Chain_Survey-NPI_DFM.jpgAccording to those surveyed, time challenges are the most prevalent ones they face—almost 80 percent experience timeline expectations and unpredictability as a challenge. Respondents in this survey regularly deal with volatile configurations, and half say the documentation they work with is limited in information. The time frame for the NPI process most commonly ranges from three months to a year. Eighty-six percent of the respondents indicated that that it would be helpful to have a dedicated supply chain when outsourcing medical devices for their NPI and DFM requirements.

The infographic displays the details of the engineering and supply chain management survey. These results shed light on the kind of support that engineers and supply chain managers need during the critical design phases of new product introduction.

Outsourcing Medical Devices_Electronic_Internconnect_NPI_DFM_1.pngFourstar is familiar with these challenges, having been responding to design and process engineers’ needs for years. You need a supply chain partner that is committed to support your unique process, working with a compressed timeline and volatile or partially developed documentation. You need to get your product to market before your competition—and it needs to be done right. We dedicate our experienced engineering personnel to your project to deliver just that.

It looks like this: 

  • An agile, supportive supply chain vendor that has a responsive team of experts well versed in all phases of production
  • Quality processes in place that ensure your product meets all safety and quality standards

Your process is integral to the completed production work, and we provide you with the NPI support for sub-contract cable and box builds. Let the production vendors worry about the final production line—we are here to help you with your piece of it.

Fourstar partners with leading companies to “find a better way” for time to market (TTM), new product introduction (NPI), and design for manufacturing (DFM) initiatives. For 30 years, Fourstar has been delivering completed electronic assemblies and electronic exposures with a variety of complex interconnect content.

Your top challenge is time and we have time on our side: we’ve done this many times, for many years, and have mature expertise on how best to support test engineers during tight NPI and TTM timelines. Contact us now to explore setting up a dedicated supply chain for you. It’s time.  

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Topics: new product introduction, design for manufacturing, Design Engineers for Medical Products, Supply Chain Management for Medical Products

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