Project Details

Helping to maximize end of life opportunities.

This medical device company decided to work with CES to manage the supply chain of end of life replacements and design updates to preserve device functionality with minimal risk to cost or schedule. This was an extension of our partnership with the company in the device’s initial discovery, design, development, and manufacturing process.

CHALLENGE

Managing end of life processes can be difficult for companies to maintain. Costs can increase quickly due to sudden component obsolescence and additional engineering effort. This medical device customer wanted to extend the end of life process as long as they could with minimal increases in production cost or schedule implications. This customer leveraged our discovery, design, development, and manufacturing services to create their first electronic test reader. Now that the device was on the market, the customer needed help to maintain the quality and functionality of the device as obsolescence issues arose.

SOLUTION

Due to the long lifecycle of medical devices, supply chain management is crucial for success as components become obsolete. The customer retained our services to manage the lifecycle for the customer. Our experienced engineers were both familiar with the company’s design detail and experts in supply chain management. Our supply chain works to identify potential obsolescence issues and keeps engineers informed on parts that are nearing their end of life. Identifying these issues early provided time for the engineers to find suitable replacement parts and, when necessary, make incremental design updates to preserve device functionality without interfering or halting production.

RESULTS

We worked with the customer to work extend the product lifecycle of the electronic test reader for over 10 years with minimal changes to cost or production schedules. The customer has since returned to CES to work on other medical initiatives.

CUSTOMER PROFILE

This customer is a global medical device and diagnostics company that specializes in developing routine medical testing supplies including diabetes analysis and blood screening.

  • Project Name Medical Testing Device
  • Client A GLOBAL MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS COMPANY