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Polymer Conversions: The Significance of Lean Manufacturing - Benjamin J. Harp, Polymer Conversions

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Benjamin J. Harp from Polymer Conversions, a solution provider at the marcus evans Medical Device Manufacturing Summit Fall 2011, on the importance of Lean Manufacturing in the medical device sector. …

Benjamin J. Harp from Polymer Conversions, a solution provider at the marcus evans Medical Device Manufacturing Summit Fall 2011, on the importance of Lean Manufacturing in the medical device sector.
Interview with: Benjamin J. Harp, Chief Operations Officer, Polymer Conversions

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  • 1. November 13-15, 2011 | The Ritz-Carlton | Amelia Island | FLPolymer Conversions:The Significance of Lean Manufacturing Benjamin J. Harp from Polymer Conversions, a solution provider at the marcus evans Medical Device Manufacturing Summit Fall 2011, on the importance of Lean Manufacturing in the medical device sector. Interview with: Benjamin J. Harp, Chief Operations Officer, Polymer ConversionsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE operations will result in quality improvement, waste elimination and a reduction in time and costs.“Improving quality is critical in today’s marketplace, thereforeorganizations must understand what customers want and Improving quality is critical in today’s marketplace, thereforeneed early on in the design process to meet their expectations organizations must understand what customers want andand requirements”, says Benjamin J. Harp, Chief Operations need early on in the design process to meet their expectationsOfficer, Polymer Conversions. Lean Manufacturing results in and requirements. By tracking waste statistically, we can seequality improvement, waste elimination and a reduction in where our errors are being made.time to market and total program costs. Improving time to market is one of the most effective waysFrom a solution provider company at the upcoming for eliminating waste and lowering costs. All parties involvedmarcus evans Medical Device Manufacturing Summit Fall in the process must be brought in sooner, so that any2011, taking place in Amelia Island, Florida, November 13-15, problems can be solved before the device goes throughHarp discusses the opportunities that Lean operational research and development, clinical trials, prototyping andprocesses can bring to organizations. manufacturing. Reducing the wait time of products will inevitably minimize costs, which satisfies both the customerWhat three challenges are Medical Device Manufacturers and the organization.currently facing? Maintaining high quality standards would not be possibleBenjamin J. Harp: Firstly, complex government regulations without a great workforce. Lean training provides employeesunique to each market and country; we must identify what with an important mindset and culture. We set up everythe regulatory differences are, so that we can adapt product manufacturing cell with Lean in mind, that way we have theto serve those markets. best possible cost matrix and value proposition for our customer and for our business.Secondly, technology continues to change and we must learnhow to incorporate these changes into the device. Lastly, What developments should Medical Device Manufacturers betechnical skills are an issue, so we need the appropriate prepared for?workforce to be able to support the product development andmanufacture of high technology medical devices Benjamin J. Harp: Miniaturizing high technology devices while increasing functionality in a patient-friendly manner is anFinding staff, especially staff for skilled trade positions is upcoming trend that will change the way products are made.difficult. Universities do not provide students with this type ofeducation. Our only solution is to continuingly train With the role of healthcare changing, patients are now usingemployees, work with younger staff through apprentice medical devices at home, so products must become handheldprograms and try to retain them. and easy to use.Why is Lean Manufacturing important in today’s market? We must keep up-to-date with healthcare regulations worldwide, as these will affect the supply chain and productBenjamin J. Harp: With the constant shifts in the market, development immensely. The Healthcare Reform Act has ledhaving a Lean operation in place is critical. The market no to an increase of taxation on devices, so some organizationslonger accepts waste caused by out of control production or are moving their product development dollars to countriesinefficient processes. A commitment to quality and Lean with less restrictive regulatory policies. www.medicalmanufacturingsummit.com
  • 2. November 13-15, 2011 | The Ritz-Carlton | Amelia Island | FL Contact: Stacey Melvin, Journalist, marcus evans, Summits Division Tel: + 357 22 849 400 Email: press@marcusevanscy.com About the Medical Device Manufacturing Summit Fall 2011 This unique forum will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, November 13-15, 2011. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on the future of medical technology innovation, driving growth and making use of sustainable approaches. For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com or visit the event website at www.medicalmanufacturingsummit.com marcus evans group - manufacturing sector portal Please note that the summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited. About Polymer Conversions Polymer Conversions, Inc., is a Full-Service, Contract Manufacturer that specializes in precision Tool Design & Manufacturing, Engineering, Thermoplastic Injection Molding, Clean Room Operations and Value-Added Services. Further information can be found at: www.polymerconversions.com About marcus evans Summits marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-on-one business meetings. For more information, please visit www.marcusevans.com All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced – kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.com www.medicalmanufacturingsummit.com

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