Developing and mass-production of any product comes with risk, but the stakes associated with medical manufacturing are exceptionally high. When it comes to manufacturing medical components, safety and quality is non-negotiable – the quality of patient lives may be at stake. The reputation and financial well-being of medical manufacturers are also heavily reliant on high quality components for the efficient and profitable production of medical devices and equipment.
Many manufacturers of medical components and devices are turning to quality control systems to improve the quality, safety and profitability of their products. There are a number of benefits of adopting a quality control system.
The FDA, ISO standards and other regulations and standards set strict guidelines for the medical manufacturing industry. A quality control program helps manufacturers demonstrate compliance with these regulations.
Inferior medical components can lead to product failure, which can be problematic for medical manufacturers and the patients receiving their products. Inferior components that fail during subsequent manufacturing processes can halt production lines. Components that fail in the course of patient care can have serious medical consequences. Quality control systems can reduce the risk of adverse events in patients, production slow downs, and even litigation.
Poor supplier quality can increase costs in a number of ways. Inferior products are often associated with higher rates of product failure, increased waste, and downtime in the production line to deal with product failure and waste. Inefficient and outdated processes can also increase costs.
Quality control systems improve product quality to reduce waste, decrease the need to rework pieces and shorten downtimes. These systems can also identify process inefficiencies and even reveal opportunities to streamline production processes.
The medical manufacturing industry is becoming increasingly complex, and supply chain control is one of the most significant challenges facing those in the industry – medical manufacturers need to know that the components they receive from their suppliers are safe.
Bringing a medical device to market typically takes an average of 3 to 7 years; dealing with regulations is often a main factor in sluggish time-to-market. Demonstrating compliance with current regulation practices through rigorous quality control systems can help shorten the process and bring products to market sooner.
Hartford Technologies has a quality control system that ensures our custom bearings are of the highest quality. All new and recurring ball and bearing programs undergo the Hartford Advanced Product Quality Planning process, which focuses on continuous improvement and preventing defects, rather than focusing simply on defect detection. Using advanced quality control systems helps Hartford Technologies bring the highest quality custom bearings into the medical manufacturing industry supply chain. If you want to learn more about Hartford Technologies we invite you to contact us today.
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