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amount of time and resources available. Since
then, the OEM has re-tooled the supplier, but
is still having problems with the company.
Moving the work to a smaller, specialized
supplier in micro molding may have been the
better solution. Overall, the OEM may have
seen a more successful product launch going to
a supplier specializing in micro molding. And
again, similar to the first example, the resources required to troubleshoot and re-tool could
have been utilized to enhance other areas to
further supplement a competitive advantage.
What is your level of R&D commitment? Are
you OEM #1, OEM #2, a little of each, or
neither? Both of these examples offer a similar
story. The reasons larger OEMs may not be as
nimble and quick as their smaller counterparts
may be due to more than just size and bureau-
cracy. It may also be that they limit their ability
to become successful. By not working with
smaller, specialized suppliers, larger medical
device OEMs cannot innovate as effectively as
smaller medical device OEMs. Larger medical
device OEMs try to alleviate this problem by
creating skunkwork development teams, but
this is simply a method of circumventing the
root cause of the problem.
Functional strategies must be aligned
throughout the organization, which should
be based on marketing and innovation. When
an OEM limits suppliers, it may be limiting
the ability to innovate, which can create a
negative ripple effect. By limiting the ability
to innovate, the ability to optimize product
and process engineering teams is impacted.
Limiting the product and process engineering
teams may lead to frustration and disengage-
ment. Not working with specialists suppliers
may be prolonging development cycles,
creating cost overruns, and jeopardizing the
sales and profit potential of a medical device
product launch. MDT
TPU/stainless steel distal tip insert
Acetal locking wheel micro molding