At Phillips-Medisize, we continuously work to lower our customers’ risks and time to market. It takes years to develop medical applications, so we need to plan well to avoid any unnecessary, expensive delays. Manufacturing development plays a key role in this planning. Done well, manufacturing development can be an innovative, fast, controlled process that continuously brings you closer to clinical or commercial manufacturing. Done wrong, it leads to countless iterations and a significant lack of progress. In short, a showstopper. Whether we have helped you with the design, or you bring us a concept to refine, we can take you safely through manufacturing development and get you ready quickly for clinical or commercial manufacturing.
The Manufacturing Strategy Is the Point of Reference
Manufacturing strategy planning starts early. Simply put, it is a plan describing how to go from first builds to clinical or to commercial manufacturing. It is quite granular, and the process covers all central parts of molding, assembly, electronics, and supply chain. We plan for multiple phases of the development and manufacturing at once, but we often revise the strategy due to new customer demands or design maturity.
Dedicated Resources and Facilities for Manufacturing Development
Within our design centers, we have dedicated resources and space for manufacturing development. Our philosophy is to get many different engineering disciplines under the same roof, working in project teams to ensure we get the interdisciplinary collaboration we need on your project. To help them do what they do best, we have molding, tooling, assembly equipment and clean rooms available. As a customer, you benefit from this setup, as we can solve problems within hours, that others would typically take days to resolve. See our global innovation and development centers at our global facilities.
Phase-Appropriate Quality Management System (QMS)
Usually, you will see contract manufacturers do manufacturing development in production facilities with rigid QMSs and burdensome change management requirements. A setup like that will slow you down.
Fortunately, there is an alternative. At Phillips-Medisize, our flexible, phase-appropriate QMS allows us to speed up the quality management part of manufacturing development, as we do most of our manufacturing development in design centers that are not weighed down by the inflexibility of a production facility QMS. Read more about our approach to quality.
We Do Both Device and Combination Products
Globally, we have the capabilities to produce both devices and combination products while still in the manufacturing development phase of your product. This is a key differentiator if you want to go fast to market, as you ordinarily would see the manufacturing development of combination products taking place at production facilities. As a natural part of doing combination products, we offer serialization. We can implement your system, or we can work by the one we already have implemented, and for which we have an approval. We prefer the latter, as we save both cost and time by using an already implemented solution.
Electronics Are a Part of Manufacturing Development
We integrate electronics as part of manufacturing development. Whether it be embedded software, electronic components or subsystems, or the development of regulated apps, we cover this as a natural part of manufacturing development. Read about how we do electronics integration.
Design for Manufacturing (DfM) and Design for Assembly (DfA)
Phillips-Medisize was born a manufacturer. Because of that, DfM and DfA are in our DNA. We continually monitor the product development and manufacturing processes. Doing so ensures that we only create that which we know we can manufacture and assemble. Likewise, we always have the clinical/market-entry manufacturing in mind. By keeping the full picture of your product at all times, we gain advantages, which save you time and money.