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3 Medical Device Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out For In 2019

Posted: Jan 22, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Like most every industry, the medical manufacturing industry is rapidly evolving, and 2019 is set to bring a number of interesting new trends and developments. Below, we'll take a look at the top three medical manufacturing trends that you will want to be on the lookout for this year.

1) The Increased Importance of Cloud-Based Solutions for Medical Manufacturing

Right now, the pressure for medical manufacturers to cut costs while at the same time improving quality and efficiency is higher than ever. In order to rise to the challenge of these demands, medical manufacturers must begin leveraging technology that enables them to do more with less.

In 2019, cloud-based solutions present a largely untapped resource for medical manufacturers, enabling them to lower their costs while also improving the efficiency of their supply chain. According to a study done by Markets&Markets, only 12% of the global healthcare supply chain is comprised of cloud-based solutions. This leaves a lot of room for the cloud to begin playing a more significant role in medical manufacturing trends in 2019 and the years that follow.

Since cloud-based solutions are cheaper than on-site solutions, medical manufacturers can leverage the cloud to lower their costs without compromising the quality of their products. As more and more medical manufacturers begin to realize the benefits that the cloud offers, expect cloud computing to be one of the major medical manufacturing trends in the not-so-distant future.

2) More Stringent Medical Compliance Standards

The compliance standards within the medical manufacturing industry are changing every bit as rapidly as the industry itself. By and large, these standards are growing more and more stringent, and that isn't going to change in 2019.

In order to continue meeting the compliance standards set forth by the FDA and other organizations, medical manufacturers must continually adapt their manufacturing process. This includes adapting the technologies that they use as well as being certain to source from suppliers who likewise are able to recognize and meet the changing compliance standards.

3) Ultrasonic Cleaning Capabilities in Medical Manufacturing Will Play a More Prominent Role

As compliance standards grow increasingly stringent, manufacturers of components that go into medical devices must continue developing the processes and technologies necessary to ensure that those components remain completely clean and sterile from the moment they are packaged to the moment they are installed within the device.Ultrasonic Cleaner

One of the most promising new technologies for ensuring the cleanliness of medical device components is ultrasonic cleaning. Ultrasonic cleaning involves agitating a cleaning solvent using ultrasonic waves, which in turn helps wash away any particles that might be present on the component that is placed in the solvent.

At Hartford Technologies, ultrasonic cleaning is just one of the methods we use to guarantee the cleanliness and sterilization of our medical-grade components. In 2019 and beyond, look for more and more medical manufacturers to begin relying on ultrasonic cleaning as a way to remain compliant.

About Hartford Technologies

There's no way around it - major changes are coming for the medical manufacturing industry. At Hartford Technologies, we are proud to partner with medical manufacturers as they embrace these changes, supplying them with the high-quality components they need to stay compliant and effective in this rapidly evolving landscape.

If you would like to learn more about our pins, our precision specialty balls, our customized bearing assemblies for medical devices, or any of the other products that we offer at Hartford Technologies, we invite you to contact us today.