15 Jun 2015

Transfer Work

Objective

Manufacture a stable supply of customer’s medical product by transferring mold away from its previous supplier while providing a high-quality medical part at consistent price points.

Delivered

  • Program management including a plan and schedule for the transfer process
  • Corrected mold to reduce scrap and increase predictability
  • Competitive pricing while applying ISO 13485 principles
  • Reduced shipping costs by implementing a Kanban solution for raw materials
  • Increased communication with customer
  • Supply chain management
  • Imported long leadtime materials in bulk

Results

  • Reduced product costs
  • Raw materials available to meet customer orders (on time delivery)
  • Reduced customers returns and product defects
  • No interruption in shipping commitments

MME group delivered the customer’s orders on time, every time. The customer had no interruptions in shipping commitments, as it has with a previous vendor. The customer’s overall cost for manufacturing the product was reduced. The quality surpassed expectations and the customer saw a reduction in returns and product defects as a result.

15 Jun 2015

Engineering

Objectives

The customer originally reached out to MME group for tooling services. The customer presented two prototypes of an innovative consumer product designed to hold the nozzle of a pneumatic hose commonly found in paint and auto body shops. After determining the customer’s needs, MME group designed a solution to combine the two products into one for an overall lower cost. Product design, tooling, sourcing and molding services were provided.

Delivered

  • Complete engineering redesign
  • Reduced product from two separate molds, fasteners and assembly operations down to one
  • Replaced high-cost engineering resins with lower cost materials
  • Procured materials and provide an exact color match to a neon green material
  • Laser engraved the logo onto the product. Client provided an artist’s sketch and MME group digitized it
  • Provided supply chain management

Results

MME group’s engineering team took the prototype from concept to market. The re-engineered design provided the customer with an overall lower cost for materials, tooling, molding, fasteners and assembly. In turn, allowing for a greater profit margin for the customer.

Objective

Customer approached MME group needing quick resolution to production delays that arose during a medical device redesign. We consolidated production of the complete assembly.

Delivered

  • Complete control over design enhancements, design timeline, and production schedule
  • Engineers designed and enhanced mold that made production possible
  • Supply chain consolidation
  • Significant cost reduction
  • Qualified all components in only six weeks
  • Complete validation throughout manufacture and final assembly
  • Execution of several critical design features:
  • Full assembly in clean room and in accordance with ISO 13485
  • Provided all required laser etching
  • Pressure test of assembled product
  • Completed design of compression seal
  • Enhanced sealing of packaging

Results

Customer received a completely assembled, packaged and sterilized product within desired leadtime at reduced cost enabling them to bring the revised product to market.

Objectives

Customer engaged MME group for tooling and production molding work for two of 37 total parts required to manufacture a popular consumer product, the number one walking cane in America. MME group provided contract manufacturing solutions for the customer to move its entire offshore production to MME group and market their product as “100% American Made.”

Delivered

  • Full contract manufacturing solutions: product development, value engineering, testing, in-house tooling and construction, production molding, assembly, packaging and inventory management
  • 20% lighter and 40% stronger product
  • Dedicated assembly area operating on three shifts
  • Maintained product inventory and shipped directly to distributors
  • Met all pricing targets (including competitive offshore suppliers)
  • 100% American Made: Completely manufactured using materials made in the U.S.A.

Results

MME group helped develop and manufacture a product that has sold more than one million units. It was solely responsible for sourcing, manufacturing, assembly, packaging, inventory control, and shipping. MME group met budget and delivered the product ahead of schedule.