Success & The Transformation of MedTech

Changes to the MedTech Industry and Importance of Quality
Changes to the MedTech Industry and Importance of Quality

Transformation of MedTech

No matter your political opinion of the changes underway in the MedTech industry, one thing is clear: just as it already has, change is gonna come.

Many industry analysts point to new business models, increased innovation and a more holistic view of the medical ecosystem as the way forward.

In truth, isn’t that just good business?

After all, who wants to invest in, work for, partner with, or buy from, a company that doesn’t include empathy and advocacy for its end customers as a key driver of its value proposition?

We figure our customers are already doing some pretty amazing things for the business communities they serve.

In the case of our Medical customers, it’s possible that they’re already a step ahead of their competition given that it’s quite clear that they view these ‘business communities’ at their most elemental…the individuals whose lives are ultimately enriched and bettered. We’re proud to have partners like this.

It’s also clear that our Medical customers are strategists and innovators, always looking for new ways forward. It only follows that, in order to keep offering the best services to our customers and their end customers, EMS providers like Creation also need to keep pushing the envelope.

For our Medical partners, we believe this means offering solutions specifically focused on reducing R&D costs and time-to-market:

  • Expert full-product design and integrated manufacturing specifically for Medical Devices
  • Lean practices and leadership
  • Ready access to real-time data through a customer portal
  • Premium quality and technical expertise

 

Having FDA-registered business units, our most recent in our manufacturing locations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Lexington, Kentucky, for example, is one of the ways Creation is enabling our customers to move forward quickly and confidently.

As the MedTech industry continues to evolve, perhaps one of the most important characteristics an EMS provider can have is a customer-focused approach that mirrors the customer-focused approach that drives the Medical industry.

For Creation, this means taking an interest in, and having an understanding of, the industry drivers that help our customers anticipate requirements and capitalize on opportunity.

So, what drives your own value proposition?

USA FDA Registration for Creation Technologies

FDA registration for Creation Lexington
Creation Technologies FDA

We’re really excited to announce FDA Registration for Creation’s Lexington manufacturing location! Lexington is the 5th Creation manufacturing facility to receive FDA registration, and our 1st business unit in the USA to be FDA-registered.

As Andy Hyatt, our Executive Vice President, says in a recent press release, we’re committed to doing whatever we can to help our partners succeed. For our Medical Devices customers and other OEMs with electronic devices requiring FDA approval, ‘whatever we can’ means Creation having ISO 13485 registration and FDA compliance in our business units.

You can read the full press release here: https://www.creationtech.com/Upload/news/Creation_Technologies_Receives_FDA_Registration_in624798454.pdf

We’ve Got Skills | Creation Lexington Skills Competition

5S Team Competition
5S Team Skills Competition

It all began one day when Mark Shirley, a Quality Engineer here in Creation – Lexington, was researching an IPC Conference.

On the IPC website, Mark noticed some information about a recent soldering competition, where 22 competitors from 15 companies were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly within a half hour. The winner was crowned the Best Hand-Soldering Technician in the Midwest.

Intrigued by this event, Mark thought we should give our own Creation team members a similar opportunity to showcase their talents. And he knew he’d need some help to make it happen.

I was excited when I heard about the idea since it had great team-building potential, and I was happy to be part of the steering team. So were others from Quality, Operations and Continuous Improvement, along with Marketing’s Jennifer Marsh, (who’s also my silent partner in writing this post).

After a few brainstorming sessions, our little competition quickly expanded to include events in soldering, build, visual inspection, 5S and SMT set-up.

With a little marketing, sweet talk, and a lunchtime recruiting session, it was amazing to get over 50 contestants signed up to compete in the two-day event!

On August 1st and 2nd, Creation Lexington hosted its first annual Creation Skills Competition.

Competition Day

On competition day the atmosphere was intense. It was great listening to the rousing cheers as teams sent competitors off to battle. The fun was infectious.

An electronic leaderboard became the center of attention for watching the standings in each event. We also kept up a colorful, running e-mail commentary to keep the excitement building.

I was so excited to see such team building and spirit. Even people who weren’t competing couldn’t help but be pulled into the excitement of the competition.

It was a great couple of days.

SMT Line Set-Up Skills Competition
Patrick Goodlett concentrating during the SMT Line Set-Up Skills Competition
SMT Line Set-up
Patrick Goodlett and Will Reiling working together to achieve a great SMT Line Set-Up time
Visual Inspection Skills Competition
Isela Villalobos showing off her Visual Inspection skills
Build Skills Competition
Isela Villalobos focused on getting it ‘just right’ in the Build Skills Competition

The Finale

To celebrate, we held our first Creation Skills Competition Awards Ceremony the week following the competition.

I had so much fun announcing everyone’s names as they came up to receive their certificates of participation. It was a parade of champions!

And what a treat to see the pride on our event winners faces as they received their gold, silver and bronze medals. Everyone showed off their medal to a tremendous round of applause from the business unit.

5S Team Skills Competition Winners
Fun at the Awards Ceremony: Macie White, Ashley Nelson and Shannon Pritchett with their medals

Congratulations to all of our winners:

Hand Soldering
Julian Castillo – 1st Place
Houston Green – 2nd Place
Jason Castillo – 3rd Place

Build
Christi Carreon– 1st Place
Scarlett Christopher– 2nd Place
Houston Green– 3rd Place

5S Team Competition
Brandon Thompson & Brent Mathes – 1st Place
Macie White & Ashley Nelson – 2nd Place
Shannon Pritchett & Patricia Daugherty – 3rd Place

Visual Inspection
Ruth Gaudinier – 1st Place
Isela Villalobos – 2nd Place
Patricia Daugherty – 3rd Place


SMT Set-Up Team Competition

Orlando Miles & Chris Riggs – 1st Place
Patrick Goodlett and Will Reiling – 2nd Place

See You Next Year

The competition was a huge success overall. I got the chance to talk to all the competitors, and everyone said how much fun they’d had.

Patricia Daugherty
“It was fun. I had a blast! Competing against my friends was my favorite part. It was nice to see the new Creation people do so well.”
~Patricia Daugherty, SMT inspector: 5S and Visual Inspection Competitor
Macie White
It was exhilarating. I wanted to win! Everything about it was awesome and the awards ceremony made me feel important.”
~Macie White, Finance: 5S Competitor

 

Since we’re definitely planning to host this event again next year, stay tuned to find out who is the ‘Best of the Best’ in 2013!

Team-Building & Healthy Competition

Healthy competition, like in this event, can boost productivity, morale and lead to personal and professional growth. Our Creation Skills Competition provided a showcase for our talent, creating enthusiasm and team spirit.

Does your company host team-building events? Have you had success with similar competitions?

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