Medical Device Manufacturing – San Diego

San Diego has become the premiere location for the medical industry. From heart valves, to pharmaceuticals, to medical cabinets, San Diego has a plethora of businesses related to the medical industry. When it come to manufacturing, the medical industry demands one thing….Quality! Often times, many medical companies do not go overseas to have their products made. Instead, they look to maintain their quality and remain competitive within the close nitch industry by keeping up with the demand by manufacturing products closer to home. As a medical device manufacturer for the industry, we have seen first hand just how important quality is to the medical device industry. Continue reading

Freight Terms Explained

Have you ever shipped or received product and the shipping terms stated FOB Origin or FOB Destination? Freight On Board / Free On Board or FOB is a very common term in the freight industry, but one that is most misunderstood. This is because the term that follows FOB has multiple conditions such as for who pays for the shipment, who bears the shipping costs, who owns the product as it’s being shipped, and who is responsible for risk while it’s in shipment. Buyers and sellers of product will usually define in the shipping contract the shipping terms to address these conditions. But it can become an issue if only “FOB Origin” or “FOB Destination” are stated. There should be more indication since there are more standards that exist. Continue reading

Configuration Management: When to Change Part Numbers and Revisions

For today’s blog post, we will be discussing the importance of when to change part numbers and revisions on manufacturing drawings. This is a major part of engineering change control and maintaining the proper documentation based on the minor and major changes made. Before we get started, it is important to mention that this blog is not meant as a “how to” of maintaining documentation and engineering change control. Many OEMs and companies maintain their document control based on their own system of rules of configuration or interchangeability (when to change part numbers, how to properly roll revisions, what letters and numbers to use, etc.). Continue reading

Types of Joining and Assembly in Metal Manufacturing

There are many important aspects of manufacturing that need to be considered in order for it to be profitable for the company. As we have discussed in previous blog posts about the importance of good Manufacturing Drawings and Product Engineering and Design, another important aspect is how the parts get assembled together. This might not seem like a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but think about it… If a product is poorly assembled, it jeopardizes the quality, functionality, and longevity of the product. Continue reading

Manufacturing and Safety

Manufacturing SafetyIn recent years, manufacturing has gone through its roller coaster moments with companies going overseas, coming back, outsourcing, manufacturing in-house; it’s forever a changing environment. Over the past couple years, we have been seeing more manufacturing come back to the states, and so many manufacturing companies have added more employees to meet the manufacturing demand. According to [1], nearly 570,000 manufacturing jobs have been added in the last four years due to the growth of manufacturing. As more employees are added to the workforce, the more injuries and work-related accidents occur. Continue reading