Posts from the ‘Medical Device’ Category

Why do we have a shortage of Medical Device Design and Process Engineers?

I have been with the medical device industry for a decade. The decades before that was spent with heavy construction, automobiles, consumer goods on a host of interesting assignments.

Process engineers are a much sought out skill with medical device companies. It takes about 6 months to get the right engineers with the right skills.

The fast growth in the medical industry has contributed to this.

The sad part is that 75% of the work done by these highly skilled engineers is consumed by mounds of documentation work.

So, what is the moral of the story?

Should be a good Six Sigma project.

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A Preview of “The Wearable Artificial Pancreas Company”

A Preview of “The Wearable Artificial Pancreas Company”.

I live in Fort Lauderdale and did not know of this company to date.

Check out their web site. It is awesome

http://www.pancreum.com/

Every day there are people out there who are dreaming up and building medical devices to benefit mankind.

All that is needs is venture capital to go the next step.

Revisiting Pareto Charts – Process Improvement & Low Hanging Fruit – Instant Gratification

http://asq.org/learn-about-quality/cause-analysis-tools/overview/pareto.html

ASQ is a great place to browse and learn. The link above is a concise write up of the power of a Pareto Chart and how the same can be generated in Excel. You could do it with Minitab as well.

My first brush with a Pareto chart was in 2001

My assignment for the week was to increase the yield of a packaging line with a major manufacturer of diabetes bio-sensors.

I walked the line, talked to the operators and talked to one of the engineers

Here is the low down

  • The operators maintained a very clear record of the down time and frequency
  • The data was collected and stored in a database
Went and met the keeper of the database
He was thrilled and mentioned that he was waiting for the day when some one would come in and ask him for the data.
Got the data plugged it into Excel and created a Pareto Chart.
Passed it around the weekly meeting with a smug look
Here are the top hitters
  • Meetings
  • Repairs to literature folder
Action
  • Have communication on the line and reduce wasteful meetings
  • Bring in the literature folder company rep and recondition the system
ROI or is it Return On No Investment?
  • Increase in yield from 75% to 95%
Is that instant gratification or what?
Well since then I have used the Pareto Chart any number of times with success and little effort
Who needs training courses?
Is that LEAN manufacturing or what?

Value Stream Mapping Is A Contact Sport – All You Need Is Post It Notes, Observe & Ask Questions

Value Stream Mapping can be used in any industry and in any situation.

There are innumerable resources on the web to teach your self

Just Google it and find out

All that you need is Post It Notes, walk to the scene, observe and ask questions

Soon you will be going Lean

Sure using Visio makes it even better

It is so easy you may wonder why you never tried it before

Who needs training courses?

Dodrill-GMR Mechanical Heart – GM’s Pioneering Contribution To Medical Devices In 1952

http://www.gmheritagecenter.com/gm-heritage-archive/dodrill-gmr-mechanical-heart/

Quoting from the Blog

“In its 100-year history, General Motors has made significant contributions to society extending far beyond the automobile industry. One of these important contributions was the development of the first mechanical heart pump in 1952.”

Looking at the pump is fascinating . Never imagined GM was a company who had a “Heart”, but they did and probably still do.

Revisiting The University Of The Future Under Creative Commons License – Learners TV

From SalKhan to Learners TV we look at the immense amount of free education available online.

Here is the link on Learners TV

http://www.learnerstv.com/index.php

Self education is the key to betterment in technology, science and the arts.

I sometimes wonder about the value offered by expensive, time consuming courses offered by universities for working executives.

Real education comes from pursuing areas of applied interest and testing out the theories in our dynamic workplace.

 

Vibration Feature Pattern Matching – Machinery Prognostics Tool – LabView

LabView can help us predict machine failures before they occur.

A very informative link is to visit ni.com/info and enter nsi1105

What is Vibration Feature Pattern Matching?

A very good explanation is found at

http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/tut/p/id/9230

Quoting from the link

“By capturing dynamic measurements from operating machines such as vibration, electrical power, and dynamic pressure; it is possible to extract key component signature features.  With this feature information, it is possible to tabulate specific metrics which drive plant maintenance and production schedules”

Here is an excellent link from Penn State on Machinery prognostics and Condition Monitoring

http://www.cav.psu.edu/workshops/2010/CAV2010_Machinery_Prognostics_Condition_Monitoring_Reichard.pdf

Enjoy