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Additive Manufacturing for Plastics, the Other Frontier

We learned in the last blog the impact 3D printing has had on the orthopedic business. This issue is all about the impact of plastics and similar materials in medical applications. Newly customized braces are emerging that would have been cost prohibitive or not possible to make before this technology stepped in to fill a need. Braces with ventilation pockets not only reduce the weight…

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Additive Manufacturing, The New Frontier or Another Sizzle, Spark, Then Dark?

For medical device professionals that are not directly involved in additive manufacturing, I have assembled examples of current products being made that can enhance, reduce costs, or go beyond CNC machining methods for orthopedic implants to help patients at a new level for various bone defect issues or trauma-related problems.

Wikipedia’s definition: 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), refers to processes in which…

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Last Call for 2017 Objectives, Goals, and Wish List Tasks

Well, the year is nearly over and what do you have to show for your efforts? A long list of accomplishments, a long list of reasons why you couldn’t get anything accomplished, or a bit of both?

Wishing, hoping, and dreaming is a great exercise, but some type of plan to guide your steps and outline what must be done. Not guessing your next moves would go a long way towards moving the needle further to the right side for completed activities/goals, in lieu of a left side direction showing little to…

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Peers at Your Workplace, Helpful or Resentful?

At first blush, I would say most of the peers I had the privilege to work with in the early part of my career were very competitive. Everyone was trying to get noticed for that little extra raise we wanted. However, that type of atmosphere can really nullify team efforts and cross-pollination of information or breakthrough knowledge. If I tell other people how I…

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You Have How Many New Projects for Me?

Anyone that has been around project management, or just about any department in manufacturing, engineering, continuous improvement, quality, product development, etc. sooner or later have someone in authority claiming the list of projects is growing and ‘we can’t keep up with it.’ I used to panic when I would hear that because all I could think about was getting more work than I could handle, and I had enough already! Now I just think to myself

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Where is the Best Country to Develop New Medical Devices?

Years ago if a new medical device was coming out of the product development pipeline and it was likely to not receive a 510(k) ‘approval,’ companies went outside the United States to develop and market their products. That lasted for a while, and then came ISO (International Standards Organization) to protect the European population and make the medical device companies improve their designs, and more importantly…

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How Much Time Do Cell Phones Steal from Work?

I’m not talking about the mom and pop companies that are doing five things at once struggling to pay the bills while they are the customer service rep too until the business grows large enough to hire another employee.

I am speaking about the mid to large size companies with multiple employees, and everyone is packing their cell phone. How many times a day…

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Does Going to the Same Old Job Everyday Make You Happy or Woozy?

Tomorrow is Monday, and you’re going back to work. Do you feel like you can’t wait, or does it feel like the last place on earth you want to spend another five days of your life? Do you jump at the chance to accept challenges from your supervisor, or do you run and hide because you feel buried and overworked day in and day out?

You remember back to the time when you first hired into the company, and there were all kinds of enthusiasm and energy to spare to get your work done. You did high-quality work, didn’t mind…

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CAREER COACHING by…

We are expanding our businesses on June 12, 2017, to provide you a new Career Coaching service for serious Professionals who want to take their career to the next level.

Is this for me? Yes. Any Professional in either Engineering, Operations, or Sales within the Medical Device Segment. What does this Coaching team do differently from all the others…

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HR’s Role in Hiring as Seen by Job Seekers

We all have had jobs, success, failures, and more jobs. But what is the one department I would like to bypass on most every interview? Human Resources (HR) of course. Why do you ask? Because the hidden goal(s) of any HR person/department are so varied and unchecked, they are the biggest…

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