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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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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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5 Opportunities You Miss When You Don't Incorporate Design for Inspection

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) has increasingly been the focus of conversations between Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Contract Manufacturers Organizations (CMOs) when creating a new product. Design for Inspection (DFI), however, is often overlooked, and is just as important as DFM in our highly regulated and cost challenged industry.  If you don’t consider DFI in the early stages of design, you risk losing its multiple benefits.  ..

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Flow Simulation Enhances Medical Device Manufacturing

Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Orchid’s facility in Lansing, MI has been forging exotic materials used in joint implants since 1994. Most of the products we make are for hip and knee systems such as tibial trays, femoral components, acetabular cups and hip stems. Most of these are forged and machined titanium, cobalt chromium and zirconium. ..

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Addressing the Challenges of Medical Device Plastics Manufacturing

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

In the medical device industry, plastic components are used in joint replacements, implant trials, interbody cages and instruments. The machining and molding of medical grade polymers can pose different challenges than the manufacturing of metal, particularly with the quality and cosmetic requirements of products that will be used in the human body. ..

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