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From an Operating Table to Manufacturing Plant, Orchid Visitor gets the Behind the Scenes Look into Manufacturing

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017

On Friday, October 6, 2017 Orchid’s Lansing site had a special visitor. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Creg Carpenter was able to see firsthand where parts he commonly uses in surgery are created. Dr. Carpenter has been a surgeon for over 20 years working mainly with knee and hip replacements. He was introduced to Orchid when one of Orchid’s employees, Tom Lockwood, had hip surgery. The two found that they shared something in common shortly into the appointments leading up to surgery.

Tom explained that he worked for a medical manufacturing company that made the part Dr. Carpenter was going to use for Tom’s hip. Because of their common interest, Tom invited Dr. Carpenter for a personal visit and tour of the facility.
Orchid has 14 locations around the world, all specializing in different capabilities. The Orchid Lansing site’s specific capability is forging medical devices and parts. Products created at Orchid’s Lansing site include: acetabular cups, femoral hip stems, femoral knee components, tibial base components, various trauma and fusion plates, extremity parts (ankles, elbows and shoulders) and forged blanks for further machining (an extremely cost-effective way of producing low-volume parts). Throughout the tour, Dr. Carpenter was able to experience all that goes into manufacturing the different parts. He was able to walk through the process step by step, and see the amount of care and attention that goes into making each part. 

Orchid employees pride themselves on their work, knowing that what they create is giving someone the opportunity to live a better life. As Dr. Carpenter’s put it, “You don’t always know how you touch people’s lives.” As a manufacturing company, we understand that we are only one piece in the puzzle. That is why transparency and trust with our customers is something that as a company Orchid sees as extremely valuable. Within Orchid’s core values it is echoed repeatedly that we are here to serve our customer the best way we can.

If you are interested in making a visit to one of our Orchid sites, email us to set up a tour!