Every medical device manufacturer (MDM) wants to maximize quality, reduce costs and shorten time to market. This can be a challenge for engineering directors, program managers, vice presidents of operations and global sourcing personnel—especially in today’s fiercely competitive global marketplace.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to meet this challenge is by shortening the supply chain. Supply chains are often a source of disruption that leads to delays and higher costs. Fewer steps in the supply chain mean less risk and more predictable and cost-efficient operations.
Vertical integration maximizes performance
MDMs can shorten their supply chains, increase quality and speed up time to market by aligning themselves with experienced, financially stable suppliers that are vertically integrated—that is, they do more than just make components. They provide the additional services that would normally be sourced to other suppliers, once the components are made.
For example, depending on the needs of the client, Parker’s Medical Systems Division has the ability to combine material technologies and individual components to provide light assembly (two or three components), sub-assemblies and complex assemblies that may include mechanical, electromechanical and full-device assembly.
Parker can also provide valuable expertise during the design stage, including product performance analysis and process simulation, program management, customized manufacturing and rigorous quality control. By utilizing our elastomeric molding, thermoplastic molding and extruding capabilities, we can provide full electromechanical medical-device assembly, as well as silicone devices. Other services include:
- Finite element analysis (FEA)
- Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
- Mold flow analysis/simulation
- Rapid prototyping
- Cleaning components for infusion and drug-delivery applications
- Labeling and packaging
- Sterilization of finished products
Being a “one-stop” shop allows Parker customers to develop and manufacture their products through a single, proven source that manages their supply chains and reduces overall cost.
MDMs can benefit by partnering with key suppliers that can provide multiple high-quality services—this shortens the supply chain and maximizes production efficiency. By managing the program from design to production, Parker can reduce operational costs and inventory costs for the MDM.
Perhaps the biggest benefit from using a vertically integrated supplier is the depth of understanding and shared vision that develops between the MDM and the supplier. This can rapidly lead to a high level of trust, communication and commitment that becomes a real competitive edge, especially when reacting to changing market needs or product emergencies—creating a peace of mind that can seem priceless.