TT electronics integrated manufacturing services - Mitigate risk and maximise product life

TT electronics integrated manufacturing services' product-life-cycle management programme can help minimise risk, increase product quality and streamline your supply base.

As medical products and devices become more complex, requiring greater precision, reliability and accuracy, manufacturers are seeking a more bespoke solution. Whereas, historically, outsourcing was kept to a minimum, medical manufacturers are now under pressure to reduce costs and complexity in the product life cycle without compromising quality.

As a leading contract manufacturer in the electronics industry, TT electronics-IMS is a company that can simplify and manage this complexity. Having a global supply chain spanning three continents and specialised technologies such as a class 10,000 clean room manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China, has allowed the company to provide fast-to-market and high-reliability medical and healthcare systems. Operating exclusively with a low-volume, high-mix production model gives TT electronics-IMS the platform to provide the flexibility and agility that its customers require.

An end-to-end product-life-cycle solution

TT electronics-IMS offers a suite of electronic manufacturing solutions, from simple to highly complex printed circuit board assemblies using top-end surface-mount technology and from box-build assembly and testing services to high-level integrations.

Combining all these services for medical device manufacturers has facilitated their ongoing need for a one-stop-shop solution. The company's product-life-cycle management programme is designed to maximise product life while minimising the risks of requalification. A key part of this programme is TT electronics-IMS' unique market insight to mitigate obsolescence in component materials. With its BOM health-management tool, it provides customers with BOM health summaries and performs obsolescence risk analyses to keep customers ahead of retired parts and components. TT electronics-IMS uses the very latest in research and planning to keep companies ahead of the curve in terms of manufacturability and design refresh. In addition, the programme provides device-testing processes and support services - essential in such a highly regulated industry - ranging from functional testing and in-circuit calibration/validation to environmental and reliability testing.

UK managing director Gary Allen says: "Our entire product-life-cycle management programme provides the end-to-end solution that medical device manufacturers are after."

Commitment to quality control

As part of its ongoing commitment to global quality, TT electronics-IMS has met prestigious industry certifications and standards. The organisation, which has ISO 13485-certified facilities across North America, Europe and Asia, is trusted by some of the world's largest medical manufacturers.

Procurement and engineering support

Through its best-in-class component engineering management and global sourcing programmes, TT electronics-IMS learns and plans for EOL notices before they impact manufacturing deadlines. By monitoring manufacturing and material-selection trends worldwide, TT electronics-IMS also gains early insight into at-risk parts and performs obsolescence risk analyses. Customers are provided with detailed reports, including product-life-cycle management recommendations for a variety of measurement metrics, including product life cycle stage, sourcing options by part number, material management options for inventory assurance and design for purchasabilty.

A hands-on approach

TT electronics-IMS forms close working relationships with clients through its hands-on approach, particularly during the initial stages of development. This collaborative approach allows engineering resources to perform detailed assessments for improvements in design and engineering, provides cost savings and also risk mitigation. The company provides the support mechanisms of a large manufacturer, with the tailored, intimate approach of a smaller group.

TT electronics-IMS in action

TT electronics-IMS has been working with a human care company on the latest radiotherapy technology. The brief involved testing complex printed circuit boards to ensure the product could be brought swiftly to market. As TT electronics-IMS prides itself on electronic design, assembly testing and box-build capability, it was able to offer a complete suite of test solutions. As a result, it has been able to facilitate the rapid delivery of the radiotherapy technology to hospitals worldwide.

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