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Welcome to Forefront Medical Technology
Forefront Medical Technology focuses exclusively on the medical device industry and thoroughly understands the needs of this market. As a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug infusion and medical device systems, Forefront Medical has extensive expertise with injection molding, extrusion, assembly and packaging of specialty medical disposable devices. In addition, Forefront Medical Technology's technical expertise extends into collaborative product design and development, rapid SLS prototyping, in-house tool making and isolated clean rooms for manufacturing, assembly and packaging. Capabilities also include sterilization and global logistics to provide one integrated source for the total supply chain. This world class supplier has the expertise to custom design a new product... or redesign the current one... from a conceptual drawing into a completely manufactured, packaged and sterilized product, ready for global shipment. Forefront Medical Technology employs approximately 419 employees and was established in the year 2000.
 
Prototyping
Forefront Medical Technology's technical expertise with medical device contract manufacturing, injection molding and extrusion, makes its team an ideal technical partner for development and prototyping of new products. Every application is considered confidential, which ensures a robust, long term customer relationship. SLS rapid prototyping equipment is utilized for small, developmental lots required for pre-market testing. Production requirements may vary from small lots during market validation and then scale-up to high volume with associated automated manufacturing, assembly and packaging. With a strong focus on quality and efficient manufacturing processes, Forefront Medical has the scalable automation expertise to match the customer's target cost and projected volume with the most cost efficient production process.
 
 
 
Injection Molding
Forefront Medical Technology has extensive capabilities with both horizontal and vertical injection molding processes. Materials include liquid silicone rubber (LSR), Medical grade PVC, polyurethane (PU), polypropylene (PP), polycarbonate (PC), polysulfone and other specialty materials. Silicone components are injection molded in separate class 100K clean rooms to avoid cross contamination.

If prototypes are needed prior to production, Forefront Medical Technology has invested in state of the art CAD/CAM/CAE systems, along with SLS (selective laser sintering) rapid prototyping equipment and MJM (multi-jet modeling), to reduce the time to market with new products. In-house tool making supports both rapid prototyping and production with EDM and high speed CNC machining. These capabilities ensure confidentiality, protection of intellectual property and responsive deliveries.
 
Extrusion
Extensive extrusion capabilities enable Forefront Medical Technology to provide many types of specialty components, as well as finished devices. Components include silicone or PVC extrusions, wound with stainless steel or Nitinol wire, and formed into reinforced tubing for many unique configurations. Other types of finished devices include extruded feeding tube catheters, drug infusion systems, flushing devices and airways. Forefront's extensive application expertise assures selection of the appropriate medical grade material best suited to the customer's requirement.

Other capabilities include blow molding of medical grade PVC and vinyl elastomers (with or without DEHP) to form high performance, cost effective inflatable seals for disposable devices. Automated assembly and packaging for high volume production, along with manual assembly for low volume / high mix applications and kits, provide a one stop shop for global customers. Forefront's scalable automation, assembly and packaging are done in class 10K clean rooms. In addition, they provide sterilization services and global supply chain options. Their testing laboratory is equipped with a complete array of equipment to provide tensile testing, melt flow, dimensional verification (contact and non-contact) and accelerated aging testing for both reusable and single use devices.
 
Medical Plastics Expertise

• Injection molded liquid silicone rubber (LSR) components
• Nitinol and stainless steel wire-reinforced (injection molded or extruded) with materials such as liquid silicone rubber, PVC or DEHP free PVC
• Multi-lumen, wire-reinforced endotracheal tubes
• Extruded polyurethane catheter tube assemblies
• Specialty NG and J feeding tube catheters
• Airway management systems
• Respiratory devices
• Ophthalmic kits
• IV and blood collection sets
• Flushing and drainage kits
• Components & devices for specialty applications
• Drug Infusion Lines
• Disposable Laryngoscope Blades
• PEEK micro molded components
 
 
Production Equipment

• Horizontal molding from 7 to 220 tons, vertical molding from 30 to 75 tons
• Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) molding from 15 to 40 tons
• Extrusion lines for Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR), PVC and Polyurethane (PU)
• Automated blister packaging
• Custom designed packaging and assembly equipment
• Scalable assembly from low volume / high product mix to high volume / fully automated processing
• Robotic adhesive dispensing, UV curing and assembly
• Class 10K clean room assembly and packaging
• Class 100K clean rooms for injection molding and extrusion
 
Quality Management System and Approvals

ISO 9001:2008
ISO 13485:2003
FDA Registration, Class 1 & 2
SFDA China Registration
Complies with GMP
 
Contact us for a confidential review of your application

Confidential Inquiries: appl_dev@forefrontmedicaltechnology.com

USA: Business Development & Technical Sales Office
Farmington, CT 06034-1234
Phone: (860) 255-7610 / Fax (860) 674-8168

China: Business Development & Technical Sales Office
Pudong, Shanghai, China 200120
Phone: 86 21 6062 7177

Singapore: Corporate HQ, Technical Design Center and Manufacturing
35 Joo Koon Circle, 6th Floor, Singapore 629110
(65) 63493888 / Fax: (65) 68623833

China: Manufacturing
Forefront Medical - Changzhou
No.8 Chang Yang Road, Wujin Economic Zone
Changzhou JiangSu Province, China 213149
(86) 519 8333 8999

Forefront Medical - Xiamen
Xiamen Export Processing Zone
Hai Cang Hai Jing Dong Road No. 28, Xiamen, China
(86) 592-3675888

 
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A manufacturer of products used for foreign particle management in the esophagus found that the market for its product line was no longer growing. The Company decided that a redesign of the product line was the best way to increase market share.

They turned to Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery and medical device systems, for a solution. Forefront’s team recommended converting the manufacturing process used for the tubing from a dipping process to the combined use of extrusion molding and injection molding. The team also recommended changes in the materials composition for other components used in the product. This paper discusses lessons learned in the redesign and qualification process, and the overall results.

Overview of the Design Approach
Forefront Medical’s team uses a standardized process in which customer requirements are assessed and a Design Development Plan (DDP) is created. A customer specification is then developed and market inputs are collected. Once the customer specification is approved, 3D CAD models are developed and analyzed. Design reviews which include functional analysis and risk evaluation are completed. After a customer’s team approves the design, prototyping and verification began.

The design team is located in Forefront Medical’s Singapore headquarters. The Company’s tooling fabrication facility and production facilities are located in China. Having a vertically integrated process, that includes design, design analysis, tooling and injection molding, enabled the team to consider a broader range of options, run design of experiences (DOEs) to test assumptions and develop a viable solution to all design challenges. 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Welcome to Forefront Medical Technology
Forefront Medical Technology focuses exclusively on the medical device industry and thoroughly understands the needs of this market. As a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug infusion and medical device systems, Forefront Medical has extensive expertise with injection molding, extrusion, assembly and packaging of specialty medical disposable devices. In addition, Forefront Medical Technology's technical expertise extends into collaborative product design and development, rapid SLS prototyping, in-house tool making and isolated clean rooms for manufacturing, assembly and packaging. Capabilities also include sterilization and global logistics to provide one integrated source for the total supply chain. This world class supplier has the expertise to custom design a new product... or redesign the current one... from a conceptual drawing into a completely manufactured, packaged and sterilized product, ready for global shipment. Forefront Medical Technology employs approximately 419 employees and was established in the year 2000.
 
Prototyping
Forefront Medical Technology's technical expertise with medical device contract manufacturing, injection molding and extrusion, makes its team an ideal technical partner for development and prototyping of new products. Every application is considered confidential, which ensures a robust, long term customer relationship. SLS rapid prototyping equipment is utilized for small, developmental lots required for pre-market testing. Production requirements may vary from small lots during market validation and then scale-up to high volume with associated automated manufacturing, assembly and packaging. With a strong focus on quality and efficient manufacturing processes, Forefront Medical has the scalable automation expertise to match the customer's target cost and projected volume with the most cost efficient production process.
 
 
 
Injection Molding
Forefront Medical Technology has extensive capabilities with both horizontal and vertical injection molding processes. Materials include liquid silicone rubber (LSR), Medical grade PVC, polyurethane (PU), polypropylene (PP), polycarbonate (PC), polysulfone and other specialty materials. Silicone components are injection molded in separate class 100K clean rooms to avoid cross contamination.

If prototypes are needed prior to production, Forefront Medical Technology has invested in state of the art CAD/CAM/CAE systems, along with SLS (selective laser sintering) rapid prototyping equipment and MJM (multi-jet modeling), to reduce the time to market with new products. In-house tool making supports both rapid prototyping and production with EDM and high speed CNC machining. These capabilities ensure confidentiality, protection of intellectual property and responsive deliveries.
 
Extrusion
Extensive extrusion capabilities enable Forefront Medical Technology to provide many types of specialty components, as well as finished devices. Components include silicone or PVC extrusions, wound with stainless steel or Nitinol wire, and formed into reinforced tubing for many unique configurations. Other types of finished devices include extruded feeding tube catheters, drug infusion systems, flushing devices and airways. Forefront's extensive application expertise assures selection of the appropriate medical grade material best suited to the customer's requirement.

Other capabilities include blow molding of medical grade PVC and vinyl elastomers (with or without DEHP) to form high performance, cost effective inflatable seals for disposable devices. Automated assembly and packaging for high volume production, along with manual assembly for low volume / high mix applications and kits, provide a one stop shop for global customers. Forefront's scalable automation, assembly and packaging are done in class 10K clean rooms. In addition, they provide sterilization services and global supply chain options. Their testing laboratory is equipped with a complete array of equipment to provide tensile testing, melt flow, dimensional verification (contact and non-contact) and accelerated aging testing for both reusable and single use devices.
 
Medical Plastics Expertise

• Injection molded liquid silicone rubber (LSR) components
• Nitinol and stainless steel wire-reinforced (injection molded or extruded) with materials such as liquid silicone rubber, PVC or DEHP free PVC
• Multi-lumen, wire-reinforced endotracheal tubes
• Extruded polyurethane catheter tube assemblies
• Specialty NG and J feeding tube catheters
• Airway management systems
• Respiratory devices
• Ophthalmic kits
• IV and blood collection sets
• Flushing and drainage kits
• Components & devices for specialty applications
• Drug Infusion Lines
• Disposable Laryngoscope Blades
• PEEK micro molded components
 
 
Production Equipment

• Horizontal molding from 7 to 220 tons, vertical molding from 30 to 75 tons
• Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) molding from 15 to 40 tons
• Extrusion lines for Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR), PVC and Polyurethane (PU)
• Automated blister packaging
• Custom designed packaging and assembly equipment
• Scalable assembly from low volume / high product mix to high volume / fully automated processing
• Robotic adhesive dispensing, UV curing and assembly
• Class 10K clean room assembly and packaging
• Class 100K clean rooms for injection molding and extrusion
 
Quality Management System and Approvals

ISO 9001:2008
ISO 13485:2003
FDA Registration, Class 1 & 2
SFDA China Registration
Complies with GMP
 
Contact us for a confidential review of your application

Confidential Inquiries: appl_dev@forefrontmedicaltechnology.com

USA: Business Development & Technical Sales Office
Farmington, CT 06034-1234
Phone: (860) 255-7610 / Fax (860) 674-8168

China: Business Development & Technical Sales Office
Pudong, Shanghai, China 200120
Phone: 86 21 6062 7177

Singapore: Corporate HQ, Technical Design Center and Manufacturing
35 Joo Koon Circle, 6th Floor, Singapore 629110
(65) 63493888 / Fax: (65) 68623833

China: Manufacturing
Forefront Medical - Changzhou
No.8 Chang Yang Road, Wujin Economic Zone
Changzhou JiangSu Province, China 213149
(86) 519 8333 8999

Forefront Medical - Xiamen
Xiamen Export Processing Zone
Hai Cang Hai Jing Dong Road No. 28, Xiamen, China
(86) 592-3675888

 
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Welcome to Forefront Medical Technology
Forefront Medical Technology focuses exclusively on the medical device industry and thoroughly understands the needs of this market. As a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug infusion and medical device systems, Forefront Medical has extensive expertise with injection molding, extrusion, assembly and packaging of specialty medical disposable devices. In addition, Forefront Medical Technology's technical expertise extends into collaborative product design and development, rapid SLS prototyping, in-house tool making and isolated clean rooms for manufacturing, assembly and packaging. Capabilities also include sterilization and global logistics to provide one integrated source for the total supply chain. This world class supplier has the expertise to custom design a new product... or redesign the current one... from a conceptual drawing into a completely manufactured, packaged and sterilized product, ready for global shipment. Forefront Medical Technology employs approximately 419 employees and was established in the year 2000.
 
Prototyping
Forefront Medical Technology's technical expertise with medical device contract manufacturing, injection molding and extrusion, makes its team an ideal technical partner for development and prototyping of new products. Every application is considered confidential, which ensures a robust, long term customer relationship. SLS rapid prototyping equipment is utilized for small, developmental lots required for pre-market testing. Production requirements may vary from small lots during market validation and then scale-up to high volume with associated automated manufacturing, assembly and packaging. With a strong focus on quality and efficient manufacturing processes, Forefront Medical has the scalable automation expertise to match the customer's target cost and projected volume with the most cost efficient production process.
 
 
 
Injection Molding
Forefront Medical Technology has extensive capabilities with both horizontal and vertical injection molding processes. Materials include liquid silicone rubber (LSR), Medical grade PVC, polyurethane (PU), polypropylene (PP), polycarbonate (PC), polysulfone and other specialty materials. Silicone components are injection molded in separate class 100K clean rooms to avoid cross contamination.

If prototypes are needed prior to production, Forefront Medical Technology has invested in state of the art CAD/CAM/CAE systems, along with SLS (selective laser sintering) rapid prototyping equipment and MJM (multi-jet modeling), to reduce the time to market with new products. In-house tool making supports both rapid prototyping and production with EDM and high speed CNC machining. These capabilities ensure confidentiality, protection of intellectual property and responsive deliveries.
 
Extrusion
Extensive extrusion capabilities enable Forefront Medical Technology to provide many types of specialty components, as well as finished devices. Components include silicone or PVC extrusions, wound with stainless steel or Nitinol wire, and formed into reinforced tubing for many unique configurations. Other types of finished devices include extruded feeding tube catheters, drug infusion systems, flushing devices and airways. Forefront's extensive application expertise assures selection of the appropriate medical grade material best suited to the customer's requirement.

Other capabilities include blow molding of medical grade PVC and vinyl elastomers (with or without DEHP) to form high performance, cost effective inflatable seals for disposable devices. Automated assembly and packaging for high volume production, along with manual assembly for low volume / high mix applications and kits, provide a one stop shop for global customers. Forefront's scalable automation, assembly and packaging are done in class 10K clean rooms. In addition, they provide sterilization services and global supply chain options. Their testing laboratory is equipped with a complete array of equipment to provide tensile testing, melt flow, dimensional verification (contact and non-contact) and accelerated aging testing for both reusable and single use devices.
 
Medical Plastics Expertise

• Injection molded liquid silicone rubber (LSR) components
• Nitinol and stainless steel wire-reinforced (injection molded or extruded) with materials such as liquid silicone rubber, PVC or DEHP free PVC
• Multi-lumen, wire-reinforced endotracheal tubes
• Extruded polyurethane catheter tube assemblies
• Specialty NG and J feeding tube catheters
• Airway management systems
• Respiratory devices
• Ophthalmic kits
• IV and blood collection sets
• Flushing and drainage kits
• Components & devices for specialty applications
• Drug Infusion Lines
• Disposable Laryngoscope Blades
• PEEK micro molded components
 
 
Production Equipment

• Horizontal molding from 7 to 220 tons, vertical molding from 30 to 75 tons
• Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) molding from 15 to 40 tons
• Extrusion lines for Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR), PVC and Polyurethane (PU)
• Automated blister packaging
• Custom designed packaging and assembly equipment
• Scalable assembly from low volume / high product mix to high volume / fully automated processing
• Robotic adhesive dispensing, UV curing and assembly
• Class 10K clean room assembly and packaging
• Class 100K clean rooms for injection molding and extrusion
 
Quality Management System and Approvals

ISO 9001:2008
ISO 13485:2003
FDA Registration, Class 1 & 2
SFDA China Registration
Complies with GMP
 
Contact us for a confidential review of your application

Confidential Inquiries: appl_dev@forefrontmedicaltechnology.com

USA: Business Development & Technical Sales Office
Farmington, CT 06034-1234
Phone: (860) 255-7610 / Fax (860) 674-8168

China: Business Development & Technical Sales Office
Pudong, Shanghai, China 200120
Phone: 86 21 6062 7177

Singapore: Corporate HQ, Technical Design Center and Manufacturing
35 Joo Koon Circle, 6th Floor, Singapore 629110
(65) 63493888 / Fax: (65) 68623833

China: Manufacturing
Forefront Medical - Changzhou
No.8 Chang Yang Road, Wujin Economic Zone
Changzhou JiangSu Province, China 213149
(86) 519 8333 8999

Forefront Medical - Xiamen
Xiamen Export Processing Zone
Hai Cang Hai Jing Dong Road No. 28, Xiamen, China
(86) 592-3675888

 
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A manufacturer of products used for foreign particle management in the esophagus found that the market for its product line was no longer growing. The Company decided that a redesign of the product line was the best way to increase market share.

They turned to Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery and medical device systems, for a solution. Forefront’s team recommended converting the manufacturing process used for the tubing from a dipping process to the combined use of extrusion molding and injection molding. The team also recommended changes in the materials composition for other components used in the product. This paper discusses lessons learned in the redesign and qualification process, and the overall results.

Overview of the Design Approach
Forefront Medical’s team uses a standardized process in which customer requirements are assessed and a Design Development Plan (DDP) is created. A customer specification is then developed and market inputs are collected. Once the customer specification is approved, 3D CAD models are developed and analyzed. Design reviews which include functional analysis and risk evaluation are completed. After a customer’s team approves the design, prototyping and verification began.

The design team is located in Forefront Medical’s Singapore headquarters. The Company’s tooling fabrication facility and production facilities are located in China. Having a vertically integrated process, that includes design, design analysis, tooling and injection molding, enabled the team to consider a broader range of options, run design of experiences (DOEs) to test assumptions and develop a viable solution to all design challenges. 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Intellectual property (IP) is the core of competitive advantage. When products are outsourced, the contract manufacturer performing the final assembly typically has access to the complete documentation package for the products they build. Where are the checks and balances? How can be certain your company’s IP will be protected? In this whitepaper, Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery systems and medical device systems, looks at four areas sourcing teams should audit in determining the ability of their contract manufacturer to support their IP protection needs. These are:
 
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• Supply chain management/documentation control practices
• Level of vertical integration
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[views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-04-17 09:00:00 [updated_at] => 2019-04-17 08:28:40 [last_updated_author] => 225260 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["215835","148373","305763","311007","215836","187272","163808","265568","143997","187270","310440","309316","309301","307635","306725","311435","28728","148374","142087"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-17 08:02:19 ) [3] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 322059 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 195688 [primary_image_old] => 128860 [slider_image_id] => 0 [banner_image] => 0 [title] => The Business Case for Outsourcing [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => the-business-case-for-outsourcing-570027 [body] => When outsourcing is discussed, the conversation often centers on its benefits in terms of labor cost reduction. The reality is that labor cost reduction is often only the tip of the iceberg in terms of outsourcing benefits. That said, there are differences in contract manufacturing breadth of outsourcing solution, geographic reach and internal resources that may limit some of these benefits. Consequently, it is important to determine the goals of an outsourcing strategy before beginning a search for the optimum supplier. Three goals often overlooked in this strategy development are redundancy in manufacturing capability for risk mitigation, the ability to free internal manufacturing space for newer products and the ability to scale up manufacturing volumes without adding internal capacity. This whitepaper looks at the benefits of these strategies in detail and their impact on supplier selection.

DOWNLOAD TO LEARN MORE>>>> [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-04-02 08:47:00 [updated_at] => 2019-09-12 08:51:42 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["312383","310440","316089","315263","321588","318789","314103","317089","314856","311443","313415"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-09-12 08:39:47 ) [4] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 149844 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Key Considerations in Choosing a Product Development Partner [short_title] => [summary] => Outsourcing product development can provide a competitive edge in terms of expanding engineering resources, accessing specialized expertise or reducing time and/or overall cost. [slug] => key-considerations-in-choosing-a-product-development-partner [body] => 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 be given to the quality of their processes and ability to work well multi-nationally. This paper reviews eight areas to evaluate in that selection process:

· Ability to work well with your team
· Engineering expertise
· Materials expertise
· Defined product development process
· Intellectual property protection
· Manufacturability expertise
· Ability to align with cost goals
· Ability to meet quality assurance standards. [views] => 2 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 14:11:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 13:16:24 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["148374","233463","143997","148373","164158","114947","300617","307528","307897","299747","305604","309478","301700","305414","309358"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [5] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 163808 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Five Mistakes to Avoid in Outsourced Program Transfers [short_title] => [summary] => 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. [slug] => five-mistakes-to-avoid-in-outsourced-program-transfers [body] => 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 with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery and medical device systems, frequently helps its customers transfer production to its facilities in China in a cost-effective manner. This paper looks at mistakes made in poorly-planned program transfers.

The five most common are:
• Failure to fully define the desired outcomes of the transfer
• A focus on price instead of considering the total cost
• Poor understanding of available supplier capabilities in the preferred transfer region
• Lack of a robust transfer plan, and • Unanticipated regulatory issues. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 14:10:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 13:15:45 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["215835","148373","305763","215836","187272","29217","265568","143997","187270","164158","149826","302321","303172","298364","297561","149827"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [6] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 164158 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 32 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Keys to Success in Medical Micro Molding [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => keys-to-success-in-medical-micro-molding [body] => 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, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery systems and medical device systems, has experience with both standard and micro molded products. This white paper describes the product development and process complexities found in micro molding in greater detail, plus looks at how these capabilities were successfully applied in a recent micro molding project.
[views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 14:05:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 13:11:01 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["215835","148373","305763","215836","187272","29217","163808","265568","143997","187270","303834","215834","300810","179477","28731","302305","304505","306611"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [7] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 265568 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 159224 [primary_image_old] => 94277 [slider_image_id] => 159224 [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Can Use of Sequential Injection Molding Reduce Production Costs? [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => can-use-of-sequential-injection-molding-reduce-production-costs-on-your-proje [body] => Tooling design can be critical to achieving commercialization goals. Tool design has a direct impact on product cosmetics, cost and scalability. Sequential injection molding offers both cosmetic and throughput benefits, but in its traditional form has required a bulky mold and use of larger tonnage machines to accommodate the external hydraulic support system. Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery systems and medical device systems, has patented a streamlined sequential tooling design which utilizes a mechanical function inside the tool to eliminate the need for an external hydraulic system. The end result is a tool that easily fits in standard machines of the same tonnage as conventional injection molding tool, but is 50 percent faster than a conventional tool. This whitepaper looks at tool's advantages and Forefront's product development process. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 14:00:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 13:05:41 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["215835","148373","305763","215836","187272","29217","163808","143997","187270","164158","302102","215834","299790","302321","306705","305917"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [8] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 282136 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 168360 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => 168360 [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Is Your Contract Manufacturer’s Product Design Team Constrained by Production Capability Limits? [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => is-your-contract-manufacturers-product-design-team-constrained-by-production-capability-limits [body] => One of the key benefits of using a contract manufacturer for both design and manufacturing is the ability to work with a product design team that is experienced with manufacturing. This can eliminate design errors that could otherwise increase tooling costs and secondary processing costs. However, this option can also result in a design team that limits design choices to in-house production processes. The optimum solution is choosing a contract manufacturer with a broad enough range of capabilities that all design options that would make sense for the product are considered.  This whitepaper looks at two examples where optimum solutions  incorporated multiple types of manufacturing processes or overcame production-related constraints that have traditionally limited design options. 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Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of most significant healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) risks for patients in long-term intensive care. Traditional endotracheal tube design can contribute to this since oropharyngeal secretions that would normally be swallowed can pool on the top of the cuff of the endotracheal tube and subsequently be passed into the lungs. A number of interventions and prevention strategies are used to minimize the incidence of VAP with varying degrees of success. A least two studies have found that the use of tracheal tubes with subglottic secretion drainage in patients expected to be ventilated for 72 hours or longer, significantly reduces VAP.

In 2013, Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery and medical device systems, was selected by one of its existing clients to support the development of the single-use portion of new endotracheal tube designed to mitigate the incidence of VAP by maintaining constant pressure within the tube and providing a collection point for oropharyngeal secretions that could easily be drained and cleaned by the hospital’s nursing staff. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 13:59:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 13:04:34 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["215835","148373","305763","215836","187272","29217","163808","265568","143997","187270","149826","149827","299790"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [10] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 215840 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Offshore Manufacturing: Risky Business or the Right Choice for Your Project? [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => offshore-manufacturing-risky-business-or-the-right-choice-for-your-project [body] => 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 audit a low cost contract manufacturer into compliance with your systems, typically doesn’t result in real cost savings if your internal costs as well as the supplier’s charges are measured. In short, for offshore contract manufacturing to consistently save money, the contract manufacturer needs to not only have a competitive unit cost. It must offer the same level of systems and processes found in domestic suppliers. The challenge for a supply chain management team becomes finding a contract manufacturer capable of delivering more than unit price reduction. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 13:59:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 13:05:11 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["282136","143997","215834","264866","305763","299790","299791","309311","264949","302816","306987","299800","306729","115792","28466"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [11] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 215834 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Case Study: Specialty Drug Delivery Systems [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => case-study-specialty-drug-delivery-systems [body] => Overview: Development of specialty drug delivery systems requires both strong materials and mechanical engineering expertise. This white paper looks at the process Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery and medical device systems, used in designing a Class III drug delivery system used in a chemotherapy application.

In this case the customer was a Tier One contract manufacturer, who built specialty kits for an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of specialty drug delivery systems. The contract manufacturer was looking for a medical disposable manufacturer in Asia who met FDA regulatory requirements and could supply required components for their production operations using OEM-specified materials. The contractor also wanted the supplier to provide long-term cost reductions in line with the OEM’s requirements. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 13:58:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 13:03:25 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["215835","148373","305763","215836","187272","29217","163808","265568","143997","187270","309564","309243","309187","308446","308217","308074","308066","307999","306356","305612"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [12] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 215835 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Case Study: Specialty Pharmaceutical Bottle Production [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => case-study-specialty-pharmaceutical-bottle-production [body] => Overview

A customer wanted a pharmaceutical bottle made of a flexible, medical grade PVC material. While blow molding is the preferred choice for bottles utilizing low density polyethylene, the flexible PVC material required an injection blow molding process. The team at Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery and medical device systems, was able to design and construct a mold and machine to meet the requirements. This case study looks the process utilized to achieve the end result. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 13:58:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 13:03:53 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["148373","305763","215836","187272","29217","163808","265568","143997","187270","164158","215834","306974","306032","215838","302310","149826"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [13] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 215836 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Case Study: Reduced Cost Through Supply Chain Realignment [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => case-study-reduced-cost-through-supply-chain-realignment [body] => Overview

Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery and medical device systems, was supplying a customer with infusion lines used in a drug delivery system. The bags used with infusion lines were supplied by two manufacturers in Europe. Forefront’s team suggested to the customer that sourcing the entire set of four bags and infusion lines in Asia with Forefront could eliminate redundant logistics costs, increase visibility into inventory levels, improve quality and reduce production costs. The customer had been pleased with Forefront Medical’s performance on the infusion lines and agreed to the transfer the entire project. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 13:58:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 13:04:14 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["215835","148373","305763","187272","29217","163808","265568","143997","187270","164158","306820","302102","215834","299790","302321"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [14] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 187272 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Case Study: Specialty Syringe Production [short_title] => [summary] => Specialty syringe production can present a range of design and manufacturing challenges. [slug] => case-study-specialty-syringe-production-787147 [body] => Overview:
Specialty syringe production can present a range of design and manufacturing challenges since the product’s mechanism is more complex than standard syringes, and may require stronger focus on material compatibility issues and complex mold tooling. In this case, Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery and medical device systems, was designing a safety syringe for a customer who had no internal design team.

There are two different models: a 5-milliliter and a 10-milliliter safety syringe. Each model consists of ten different components for the individual syringe. This spatiality vacuum safety syringe is technologically more advanced than the normal 3-component syringes available in the market with a barrel, plunger and a plunger seal.

The Challenge
The customer provided 3D computer-aided design (CAD) files and Forefront’s engineering team utilized its standardized process to assess customer requirements create Design Development Plan (DDP) and refine the customer specification. The 3D CAD models provided by the customer were analyzed and the CAD geometry was fine-tuned to work appropriately within molding constraints. Design reviews which included functional analysis and risk evaluation were completed.

There were several potential issues identified in the design phase that needed to be addressed:
- There were 10 parts in the syringe that needed to assemble together precisely and correctly in order to perform the specified mechanical functions

- Material selection needed to meet both medical grade standards and be compatible with desired functionality requirements

- The cosmetic aspect of the parts needed to meet the customer’s appearance and transparency requirements

- The target volume quantity is 72 million units annually which added complexity to the mold scale-up strategy. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 13:57:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 13:02:22 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["215835","148373","305763","215836","29217","163808","265568","143997","187270","164158","149826","149827","299790","215838"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [15] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 164159 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 32 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Five Reasons to Select a Contractor with In-House Tool Design [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => five-reasons-to-select-a-contractor-with-in-house- [body] => 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 dictates the amount of secondary processing options needed for the product, the contractor’s ability to control key parameters in the process likely to affect product quality, production throughput and the life of the tool. Is there an advantage in selecting a contractor with in-house tool design capability rather than a utilizing a separate tooling manufacturer? This paper looks at five reasons why the answer to that question should be “yes.”
 
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A manufacturer of products used for foreign particle management in the esophagus found that the market for its product line was no longer growing. The Company decided that a redesign of the product line was the best way to increase market share.

They turned to Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery and medical device systems, for a solution. Forefront’s team recommended converting the manufacturing process used for the tubing from a dipping process to the combined use of extrusion molding and injection molding. The team also recommended changes in the materials composition for other components used in the product. This paper discusses lessons learned in the redesign and qualification process, and the overall results.

Overview of the Design Approach
Forefront Medical’s team uses a standardized process in which customer requirements are assessed and a Design Development Plan (DDP) is created. A customer specification is then developed and market inputs are collected. Once the customer specification is approved, 3D CAD models are developed and analyzed. Design reviews which include functional analysis and risk evaluation are completed. After a customer’s team approves the design, prototyping and verification began.

The design team is located in Forefront Medical’s Singapore headquarters. The Company’s tooling fabrication facility and production facilities are located in China. Having a vertically integrated process, that includes design, design analysis, tooling and injection molding, enabled the team to consider a broader range of options, run design of experiences (DOEs) to test assumptions and develop a viable solution to all design challenges. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 13:54:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 13:00:07 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["148373","32933","215836","32906","39183","29217","149826","215835","305763","307235","307897","308120","28717","300545","187272"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [17] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 148373 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Keys to Achieving Lowest Total Cost When Outsourcing [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => keys-to-achieving-lowest-total-cost-when-outsourcing [body] => Introduction

Medical device manufacturers are facing continuing cost pressure. At the same time, regulatory complexity continues to increase. Reducing cost in that environment requires strong focus on working smarter in all phases of the product’s lifecycle. When product development and production is outsourced, this translates to more heavily leveraging your supplier’s ability to add value to every step of the process. In short, the supplier’s processes and expertise should take both measurable and hidden cost out of the overall product commercialization process.

Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery and medical device systems, understands this challenge and has optimized its processes to achieve the goal of adding value throughout the process. This white paper looks at the five areas the team at Forefront Medical thinks are critical to lowering total cost: [views] => 6 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 13:53:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 12:58:56 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["215835","305763","215836","187272","29217","163808","265568","143997","187270","164158","149826","149827","299790","215838"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [18] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 148374 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Five Ways Your Supplier Should be Cutting Time in Product Development [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => five-ways-your-supplier-should-be-cutting-time-in-product-development [body] => 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 assembly typically involves highly automated processes.

A key cost benefit of outsourcing can be the ability to minimize the fixed cost associated with product development and production, since the contract manufacturer shares some of those resources over multiple customers. However, an even larger benefit is the ability to garner the expertise of product development teams who support a broad range of product applications and geographies. In the medical disposables market, contract manufacturers define themselves by their ability to add value and efficiency over the full product lifecycle. The focus on cutting time and cost begins in product development. [views] => 3 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-03-11 13:53:00 [updated_at] => 2019-03-11 12:58:15 [last_updated_author] => 348682 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["149844","233463","143997","148373","164158","114947","28588","142100","29294","293490","306415","235726","309452","306992"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [19] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 143997 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2557 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 6 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Outsourcing, Offshoring and the Partnership Equation [short_title] => [summary] => Outsourcing production of medical disposable devices and systems can be a complex process. [slug] => outsourcing-offshoring-and-the-partnership-equation [body] => Introduction

Outsourcing production of medical disposable devices and systems can be a complex process. Sourcing teams are faced with challenging questions. How can the dual requirements of superior quality and continuing cost reduction over time best be satisfied? Is the chosen contract manufacturer as concerned about regulatory requirements as my company? If I source offshore will our company’s intellectual property (IP) be adequately protected? If tooling costs drive single-sourcing, how can I ensure the supplier will work on the cost reduction we need over time? Will our product development team be able to communicate with an offshore supplier’s team? How much time will my team need to spend at an offshore contract manufacturer to get a project started?

The answer to those questions can vary widely by supplier. Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug infusion and medical device systems, sees its mission as serving as an extension of its customers’ product development teams. The Company focuses on driving cost out of products through a combination of efficient design and manufacturing processes plus robust project management processes. Additionally, vertically integrated prototyping and tooling fabrication capabilities, strategic use of lower cost labor markets and optimized logistics further eliminate non-value added cost. 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[short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => rohs-iii-and-phthalates-can-your-contract-manufacturer-support-changing-requirements [body] => Regulatory changes can have significant impact on product design and market competitiveness. One upcoming example of this impact is the expansion of the European Union’s (EU) list of Restricted or Hazardous Substances, commonly referred to as RoHS 3. The phthalates added to the list are driving a switch from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to polyurethane (PU) in medical products including tubing, catheters and bags. As with other RoHS directives, regions outside the EU have followed suit in legislation that restricts these substances. And, economies of scale considerations ultimately drive medical device manufacturers to alternatives which are not restricted in any market. This whitepaper looks at the implications of this legislation and ways a contract manufacturing partner can assist in the effort to fully evaluate the range of acceptable alternatives, the cost impact of a change, and efficient development and commercialization of products utilizing the chosen alternative materials. 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In the case of Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery systems and specialty medical devices, having a world class quality culture is seen as integral to be able to efficiently commercialize products. This whitepaper looks at the three primary elements of Forefront's quality culture and the benefits they provide to the outsourced manufacturing relationship. 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The determining factor is often the quality of the relationship. Medical device manufacturers know their market, but may not know the best manufacturing strategy to address the challenges they face in commercialization. The best partnerships create a collaborative relationship that blends device manufacturer and contract manufacturer expertise. In identifying potential contract manufacturers, strong focus should be placed on the contract manufacturer’s processes for assuring the voice of the customer is active throughout the commercialization process. In this whitepaper, Forefront Medical Technology, a specialty contract manufacturer with a focus in disposable diagnostic, drug delivery systems and medical device systems, discusses its processes in integrating the voice of the customer into each project. 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The question becomes: can the contract manufacturer your company selects enable your company to leverage the benefits of a regionalization strategy in your chosen end markets?

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