Medical device manufacturing companies today face a variety of challenges when it comes to meeting product demands in the industry. Each component of the medical devices they produce must meet high standards of quality, dependability and accuracy. Therefore, it’s critical for these companies to choose the right medical component supplier to help them develop the best systems and assemblies to meet industry demands.
There are many medical component manufacturing companies out there to choose from, and determining which one will make the best business partner can be a time consuming. It’s important to ask the right questions, and do some research to confirm that the business relationship is a good fit. There are a variety of factors to consider before deciding to work with a medical component supplier, some of which include:
1. Facilities: Size and Efficiency
When choosing a medical component manufacturing supplier, one of the most important things to consider is facility space. Does the supplier have enough facility space to meet manufacturing demands now, and in the future? And, are their facilities well-managed?
If facility space is limited, and/or their operations aren’t run efficiently, this could increase lead times, and possibly prevent market demands from being met in a timely manner. By touring the facilities before making a final decision, medical manufacturing companies can get a better idea of how big the facility is, how the facility is run, and how the business operates as a whole.
2. Equipment and Technology
The right medical component manufacturing company will utilize a variety of advanced equipment and technology to meet the needs of the industry. With advances in medical device technology changing almost constantly, suppliers have to be able to keep up with innovation and production. Medical manufacturers will want to ask about existing equipment and technology, as well as any plans to procure newer, more advanced models in the future.
If equipment is outdated, and/or technology is behind the times, a supplier will have difficulty producing to the necessary standards of quality and accuracy that the industry requires. Furthermore, if the supplier isn’t willing to be continually investing in innovative and state-of-the-art equipment and technology, they’ll have trouble keeping up with industry demands and challenges. It’s important to consider not just whether they’re the right choice now, but for the long-term as well.
3. Flexibility and Customizability
One thing that many medical manufacturers don’t take into consideration is the degree to which the medical component manufacturing company is willing and able to provide flexible and customized solutions to industry challenges. Not all solutions are simple and straightforward. It’s important to work with a medical component supplier that understand the changing and often complex demands of the medical manufacturing industry.
The right supplier will be willing to go above and beyond to provide solutions to even the most complex challenges. Even if there isn’t a need for complex solutions right now, they should be willing and capable of providing customized solutions to meet future needs as the client needs grow and change.
4. Manufacturing Skills and Capabilities
Component manufacturers are not all the same. The right component manufacturing company will specialize in producing different types of components specifically for the medical device manufacturing industry. They should also be able to perform a wide range of manufacturing services, such as welding (for both metals and plastics), tube bending, tube cutting, simple and complex assembly services, and more.
A medical device manufacturer may not need all of the above services right now, or even in the immediate future. Still, it’s recommended to work with a supplier that is capable of providing additional services down the road, so as not to limit your potential.
Axenics Component Manufacturing
At Axenics, we work with several medical device manufacturing companies to provide component manufacturing services that solve a wide range of business problems. From tube welding, bending and cutting, to creating simple and complex tube assemblies, and specialty piping kits, we customize our solutions to meet the needs of our customers. We have the capability to weld both metals and plastics, and offer cleanroom manufacturing services where required.