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Looking to learn more about outsourcing medical manufacturing? You’ve reached the right place. Watch our blog for white papers, tips, article links and other information focused on helping medical device manufacturers save time and money without cutting quality. If you’d like to learn more about Forefront Medical’s capabilities, visit our About page or our website: http://www.forefrontmedical.com/.

Q3 2017 Newsletter

Forefront Medical Technology’s Q3 2017 Newsletter is out. This quarter’s issue looks at five issues your contract manufacturer should address in tool design, the importance of material selection on product functionality and cost, and ways a holistic approach to Lean manufacturing improves efficiency and reduces cost. Read the full issue here.

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Q2 2017 Newsletter

Forefront Medical Technology’s Q2 2017 newsletter is out. This quarter’s issue discusses ways a scalable automation strategy can reduce NRE costs, includes a case study describing how the team at Forefront helped a start-up medical product company reduce its product developments costs and looks at three benefits of outsourcing in Asia. Read the full newsletter.Q2 2017 Forefront newsletter

Visit Forefront Medical Technology at MDM East Booth 2366

Forefront Medical Technology will be exhibiting at MDM East in New York City June 13-15 with a slight twist. The show organizers changed our booth location without notifying us so all pre-show marketing and the directory listing have the old booth number. The new location is Booth 2366, one aisle over from the old location. We look forward to seeing you there.

Q1 2017 Newsletter

First Quarter 2017revised_Page_1Forefront Medical Technology’s Q1 2017 newsletter looks at five mistakes to avoid in outsourced program transfers, a case study that involved replacing metal parts with precision molded plastic parts and the benefits of working with a vertically-integrated contract manufacturer. Read the full issue here.

Visit Forefront at Booth 1690 at MDM West

It’s almost time for MDM West. Use our promo code “INVITE” to save 20% off Conference Passes, or claim a complimentary Expo Pass, at www.mdmwest.com/invite.

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Forefront Medical Technology’s Q4 Newsletter

Forefront Medical Technology now offers a quarterly newsletter focused on Outsourcing Best Practices and Case Studies. This quarter’s newsletter looks at ways to improve logistics efficiency, reducing cost through use of high cavity molds and tips for choosing a product development partner.fourth-quarter-2016ver-b

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Offshore Manufacturing: Risky Business or the Right Choice for Your Project?

_S3A0114.jpgThe 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.

Forefront Medical Technology built its business model around examining that equation. This paper looks at the key support elements that are integral to achieving lowest total cost.

Finding the Value

So what are the elements a sourcing team should look for in terms of determining whether or not the chosen contract manufacturer mitigate the cost surprises that can otherwise come with working in a LCC? Seven areas stand out:

  • Design expertise
  • Focused transfer of work process
  • Localized support
  • A robust quality management system and a team experienced with working with the regulatory agencies in your product’s end market
  • A strong commitment to IP protection
  • Capabilities and expertise in line with project requirements
  • The ability to identify opportunities for cost reduction over the life of the product.

For questions to ask to better determine supplier capabilities in each of these areas, access our full whitepaper here.