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How to Develop Your Next Orthopedic Product with Smart Design

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019

Did you know that approximately 75% of the cost of a medical device product is in the actual design (materials and geometry) and only 25% of the cost is in the process (and, maybe, geographically where the product is made)? The industry is becoming increasingly more aware of this, which is why Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is a term that you may have seen trending in our market. DFM means incorporating an understanding of the manufacturing processes into the design of a product, which can reduce costs and increase time to market. To take it a step further, including inspection methods into the design phase (Design for Inspection, or DFI) can also dramatically reduce costs. In an industry with increased pricing pressures, leveraging design to reduce costs and time to market is smart, so incorporating DFM and DFI is smart design.

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Key Notes and Takeaways from OMTEC 2019: An overview of the annual orthopedic conference

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

I had the pleasure of attending the 15th annual Orthopaedic Manufacturing & Technology Exposition and Conference (OMTEC) held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois from June 11 – 13. This conference center and the surrounding areas cater to all types of professionals that travel from all around the world to attend various events throughout the year. OMTEC is labeled as “The world’s only conference exclusively serving the orthopaedic industry.” OMTEC is also recognized as an international conference that facilitates dialogue and partnerships among suppliers, service providers and orthopaedic professionals. This year, more than 1,000 people from 88 unique device companies were in attendance. There is positive growth year over year for total number of attendees and unique device companies that attend. As the orthopedic industry continues to increase and grow revenue each year, the relevance of this conference continues to rise. ..

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Trends in the Orthopedic Industry: An Overview of the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019

For those of us in the orthopedic world, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting is one of the most important conferences of the year. This conference is significant not only because it is the largest gathering of the orthopedic industry, but also because of its ability to capture and educate on state of the art product innovation and patient care. I attended this year’s conference as a product development engineer with Orchid Design to learn about the latest in orthopedic innovation and healthcare trends, and to help identify new potential customers. Ultimately, I found the conference to be enlightening on both an academic and industry level, and I have a newfound appreciation for our industry and how Orchid continues to turn orthopedic innovation into reality. ..

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Orchid’s Commercial Excellence Awards for 2018 Announced

Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019

Orchid continued the tradition of recognizing team members who achieved outstanding commercial performance with the 2018 Commercial Excellence Awards (formerly known as the Vrabel Awards). In March of each year, Orchid presents these awards to employees and sites whose performance with our customers and within Orchid is exceptional. The awards are determined by sales growth numbers, leadership nominations and executive team votes.

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Commercial Excellence Awards:Top Territory Growth in the U.S.: Rob Debney, Strategic Account Manager, Europe ..

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Orthopedic Implant Coatings: Current State and a Look into the Future

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2019

Coatings applied onto surfaces of implants have been a mainstay of the medical device industry for a few decades. Coatings serve a number of functions, ranging from enhanced tissue integration with the host, to improved bearing wear performance, and local delivery of therapeutic agents. Orchid remains at the forefront of delivering clinically proven implant coatings to our OEM customers, who are striving to innovate newer technologies for the unmet and anticipated future needs. ..

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Reflecting on our 2018 Highlights

Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019

An Orchid employee receiving the Firefighter of the Year Award, taking the Orchid logo around the world, and Orchid being featured on television; these are just a few of our favorite memories from 2018. Before we say goodbye to the past year, we’re taking a trip down memory lane by reflecting on our most memorable moments. Here are some of the moments we’ll be reminiscing about:  ..

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Quickly Growing Global Orthopedic Market: Orchid Attends COA Conference in China

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018

While the first three quarters of the year are active with trade shows and industry events in the United States and Europe, November is Orchid’s opportunity to showcase and meet in China. From November 21-24, thousands of surgeons and medical device manufacturers gathered at the largest orthopedic meeting in China to listen to presentations and discuss the growing Chinese orthopedic market at the 13th Annual Congress of Chinese Orthopaedic Association (COA) in the city of Xiamen. ..

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How to Maximize Innovation and Product Launches with a Tight R&D Budget

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018

With a new year quickly approaching, medical device OEMs are establishing their budgets for 2019. It’s a time when OEMs start feeling financial pressures, such as from payers of orthopedic products and services. These payers for instance, are trying to reduce health care costs, which puts constraints on how much they’re willing to pay for orthopedic products. When companies face revenue and profitability pressures, they recognize a need to cut costs.  ..

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Spine September: Orchid Employees Reflect on NASS and EUROSPINE Meetings

Posted: Friday, November 02, 2018

The month of September consisted of saying goodbye to summer, hello to fall weather, and for the orthopedic industry, preparing for two of the largest events in the spine industry. The events each had educational sessions for medical professionals and expo halls for medical device OEMs and manufacturing companies to display their products and services. Device companies, surgeons and spine professionals gathered in Barcelona, Spain for the EUROSPINE Annual Meeting. The following week they traveled to Los Angeles, CA for the 33rd Annual North American Spine Society (NASS) Meeting.  ..

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7 Facts You Should Know About Orchid Design

Posted: Thursday, September 06, 2018

Orchid Design, Orchid’s product design and development division, was founded in 2004 out of the realized need for contract design and development within the orthopedic industry. Nearly 15 years later, the team has exceeded its initial goals and continues to grow. As the market has evolved, we envision even more creative business collaborations with customers and the need to drive manufacturing cost out of products through Design for Manufacturing. ..

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