With nearly a quarter million manufacturing jobs reshored in the U.S. since 2010, it appears many automotive manufacturers are finding upfront offshore savings come with a heavy cost in parts shortages, production line shutdowns, product defects and transportation delays.
Braking, cooling, fuel delivery systems and the powertrain are all critical systems in automobiles that must consistently perform. Therefore, finding and partnering with an injection molder for these applications takes on added importance for a manufacturer.
While manufacturability, quality, and performance of injection molded automotive components is the end goal, getting to that point requires that design engineers carefully consider every aspect of the development. This includes the impact that the injection molding process has on overall fit, function, performance and safety of those critical use components.
Medical device performance is inextricably linked to the characteristics of the plastics used. Enhanced properties such as strength, flexibility, transparency, biocompatibility, and temperature and chemical resistance ensure patient safety. They are also mandated by the stringent regulations and classifications of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP).
Critical-use medical device manufacturers are faced with keeping pace with technological advancements and earning market share while simultaneously producing extremely precise and reliable medical products. Meeting all these challenges is a tall order, and utilizing the scientific molding process can help.
Advancements in the medical community are happening rapidly. Devices are coming to the market that address a wider range of patient issues and, in some cases, designed to work autonomously to assist staff in treatment. The intricacies of these medical advancements demand that the injection-molded plastic components they use perform with precision.
Evaluating a complex injection molder for the manufacture of critical-use medical device components isn’t narrowly defined by ISO 13485 certifications or clean room capabilities. It extends to all aspects of the potential partnership, from an injection molder’s plastics and engineering expertise to their readiness to work with and learn from you in order to achieve optimal outcomes.
The Internet of Things (IoT) – everyday objects having network connectivity for sending and receiving data – is being adopted by a number of industries, including healthcare.
As the worldwide population ages, healthcare is shifting from clinics and hospitals to in-home care and smaller, non-traditional facilities. As a result, the demand for portable medical devices that monitor diagnostic and therapeutic data and aid in treatment of certain conditions continues to increase.