Last week I attended MD&M West Tradeshow, a massive event for companies that manufacture medical devices. Elite Plastics President, Dan Thurmond, did a great job of summing up the greatest take-away from the tradeshow. I recommend reading his blog post Trends in the Medical Device Industry on the Elite Plastics Blog.
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GM Nameplate will be exhibiting the West Coast Medical Device and Manufacturing Trade Show, commonly known as MD&M West. The event will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim California from February 12-14, 2013.
Visit GM Nameplate in booth #1683 to meet with our dedicated staff, see new product samples and learn about new manufacturing techniques and trends. Samples will include membrane switches, bonded displays, injection molded plastics, input devices, and more.
There is a great article from Manufacturing.net called Will Re-Shoring Take Off In 2012? A recent study found that 85% of U.S. manufacturing executives see the possibility of transferring manufacturing activities back to the U.S. after sending them overseas.
As a global company with operations in the USA as well as Singapore and China, GM Nameplate offers solutions in the markets where our customers manufacture their products. Most of our Asia customers are high-volume, cost-conscious customers focused on the consumer electronic market. However, as companies have learned first hand about the “total cost” of off-shore manufacturing solutions versus the price to manufacture a unit, many are following the trend highlighted in this article. While our operations in Asia are strong, there is work that is better fit to be made in the USA and companies are seeing this and returning to the United States because it is more cost effective to do it here.
To learn more about this relocation project, look for an upcoming blog (or perhaps a video) from Bob Coyne, who is leading the project and transferring medical labeling to our facility in San Jose, CA back form China.
Quick-turn is not just for prototypes these days. It seems like everyone wants their product now. Prototype phases are extremely short these days and customers are wanting production parts rapidly. It leaves little time for process development and validation.
This short time line requires that you do APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) up front to ensure you identify all the potential problems or pitfalls you might run into when you race into production. It used to be only consumer electronic devices like cell phones had a short development cycle and life span, but now a lot more industries are adopting and seeing a need to get their next generation products to market quickly.
Up front planning is critical to meet the needs of the Quick-Turn products.
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