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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/.

Q12019 Newsletter

Q1 2019 Forefront newsletterForefront Medical Technology’s Q1 2019 newsletter provides a quick overview of RoHS 3 and its impact on plasticizers known as phthalates and a look at the “business case” behind good outsourcing strategy. Forefront’s 20% stake in Arrow Medical Limited in the U.K, is also discussed. Read the full issue here.

RoHS III and Phthalates: Can Your Contract Manufacturer Support Changing Requirements?

WP_32 RoHS III and Phthalates_Can Your Contract Manufacturer Support Changing Requirements_Page_1Regulatory 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. Forefront Medical Technology’s latest 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. Read the full paper here.

Visit Forefront At MD&M West Booth #1792

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Forefront Medical Technology will be exhibiting at MD&M West at the Anaheim Convention Center on Feb. 5-7. Click here and use code SPECIALFOR406 to register for a free pass to the exhibits and a 20% discount on the conference price.

 

Q4 2108 Newsletter

Q4 2018 Forefront newsletter

Forefront Medical Technology’s Q4 2018 newsletter describes some of the building blocks of world class quality that drive our Quest for Excellence. It also discusses the ways our global approach to quality management helps customers wishing to enter new markets. Read the full issue here.

Extrapolating Extrusion

FFPS-193Forefront Medical Technology’s VP of Business Development, Americas Ron Lilly, recently contributed to a roundtable discussion in Medical Product Outsourcing on extrusion trends and challenges. Read the full article here.

Q3 2018 Newsletter

Q3 2018 Forefront newsletter

Forefront’s Q3 2018 newsletter looks at the process of ensuring the voice of the customer is a strong part of the product development and commercialization process. This issue also discusses five ways to reduce tooling cost and trends in extrusion. Read the full issue here.

Is Your Contract Manufacturer’s Design Team Constrained by Production Capability Limits?

One of the key benefits of using a contract manufacturer for both design and WP26_Is Your Contract Manufacturer's Product Design Team Constrained by Production Capability Limits5_16_18_Page_1manufacturing 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. Forefront Medical Technology’s new whitepaper looks at two examples where Forefront’s team has focused on solutions that incorporated multiple types of manufacturing processes or overcame production-related constraints that have traditionally limited design options. Read the full paper here.