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Because of Peyton

genesis-plastics-welding-colts-tom-ryder-thumbnailPeyton you changed us forever. You left an imprint on our hearts, and you made us love the game of football even more. Yes Peyton, you will forever be a COLT to us. I can’t wait to hear you speak at next weeks engagement. These peyton manning agent details will be useful to anyone hoping to book Peyton for an event.

We’ve loved watching you go down memory lane these past few weeks and take us along for the ride. You’re a class act and we’ve learned so much from you, both on and off the field! Your absolute love of the game, your work ethic, your dedication to your community and your leadership to name a few.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate all the years than with “18 Times Peyton Manning Made You Love Peyton Manning” from the Colts Roundup.

As an Indiana business, we’ve been deeply inspired by your example over the years. You’ve energized us and stirred our own efforts to pay it forward to those in our community as well. Peyton, we were honored to have you as our QB for 14 amazing years! Cheers to the next chapter, buddy.

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[In the News] Continuous Improvement at Every Level

As an organization focused on continuous improvement, we believe it can be something tackled at every level of the company from line operators to CEO. Often the best improvement ideas come from an “aha moment” from a team member as they go about their daily routine.

Earlier this month Dave Hall, V.P. of Manufacturing at Post Glover Resistors shared an article in Industry Week outlining four areas of focus to make continuous improvement something anyone at any level of your organization can easily understand. We all can get caught up in industry buzz of terms like Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, as well as acronyms – QMS, MES, ISO and GMP, but it really just boils down to moving the needle and making improvements that make processes easier, better, faster or more cost effective, without sacrificing quality or safety.

Theory of Constraints. Quick Response Manufacturing. Six Sigma. Lean. Total Productive Maintenance. Total Quality Management. The lexicon, tools and methods around improving manufacturing these days seems to be endless. 

We, being the continuous improvement community, make it more complicated than it really needs to be sometimes to the point of confusing and frustrating those very people we are trying to help. Don’t get me wrong, I have used each of the methods listed above in some application as they have their place in my manufacturing heart. But it is our job to make this concept of continuous improvement easy and fun, not complicated and by the book.

Over the years I have found that in its simplest form, by focusing to improve one of the following four things — making sure not to make the other three worse — we can make continuous improvement something anyone at any level of the organization can easily understand and implement.
Easier

By making a process or job easier for the operator it typically results in less time and therefore less cost for the company.

But easier can also be in terms of the health and safety burden it puts on the operator. Easier is one that has countless benefits: It makes the product better because the operator is less tired and can focus better at their task; easier means the operator can get more done in the same amount of time — all of which helps to make the product cheaper.

Better

Every company should always be looking for ways to make their products better. This can come from changing a component or material, adding features, or simply improving an assembly process. Sometimes companies struggle with this one because on the surface it almost always results in raising costs. Be sure to always consider defects and breakdowns when looking to make the product better. It may result in adding dimes to the COGS but save dollars on the service and warranty. When looking to make the product better for the customer, one also needs to be careful. Don’t make a Bentley when all that is needed is a Toyota. Always keep the customers’ expectations in mind.

 Explore the rest of the four areas of focus more in-depth here.   

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On the Road with CEO Tom Ryder: The Single Most Important Question

As Indiana yo-yoed between winter and spring recently, I spent a bit of time in sunny California visiting clients. I was happy to take one for the team and hit the friendly skies. Okay, okay I’ll be honest, maybe the warmth of California had a little draw too.

In early January, via my On the Road blog series, I chatted about what really matters – our relationships with our clients. Having the honor to talk with our clients and industry friends one-on-one is always something I value and I greatly enjoy my trips to their facilities.

As I spent time in the air headed west earlier this month, I pondered truly the single most important question we can ever ask our clients, prospects, friends and family: “How can we help?”

Four simple words, yet when strung together they’re four very powerful words.

As a contract manufacturer, a cornerstone to our business is how we are able to serve others. However, on the path to harnessing our heat sealing and engineering expertise for their benefit, we must first listen. And it all begins with that single most important question.

How can we help?

Click here to contact us today or call us 317-482-4202. We’re happy to explore options to assist any way we can to bring your RF heat sealed product from concept to market.

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From Prototyping to Production to Market: The Important Questions to Ask First

Over our nearly three decades of contract manufacturing, we have received initial design concept sketches on everything from cocktail napkins to sticky pad notes and everything in between. Truly you never know when inspiration for innovation will strike!

This week one of our valued internship partners Rose-Hulman Institute for Technology put out a great read through their Rose-Hulman Ventures newsletter. The article discusses the important questions to ponder before you set out to obtain a prototype of any new product design.

Some of the very same questions the Genesis Plastics Welding engineering and sales team asks of prospective clients during initial prototyping and validation conversations are noted. New product concepts can be invigorating, but if designers want to make it to market eventually as well, taking a step back to address key pathway questions and define end goals can help ensure the initial concept can become a reality.

8 Questions to Ask Before You Prototype

1. Do you have a development strategy?
It’s extremely rare for a prototype to achieve all goals on the first shot. Do you need the entire device at once, or should you do it in stages? Think about your most important goals and meet them first.

2. What are your post-prototype costs?
Making a prototype can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands. Do you know how expensive the next steps will be? Have you consulted with companies like raypcb to get an idea of how much bulk orders of the parts you need will cost? You want to avoid being deep into a project before you learn later steps will be shockingly more expensive than you imagined.

3. If this is a business idea, does it add up economically?
Will the final sale price cover all of the costs of bringing your idea to market? Other than parts and assembly, there are legal, regulatory, overhead, and initial front-end costs that you’ll need to spread over the number of units sold.

4. What is the FDA pathway?
We’re not FDA experts, but we can help you stay within the FDA path you know you need to follow. Among other things, you’ll want to know if your device is a Class I, II, or III. If you’re not familiar with the FDA’s pathways to approval, get help before committing your resources. One starting point might be here, but, remember, no online resource is a substitute for expert guidance.

5. What about Intellectual Property?
Most medical devices require an IP strategy. Have you hired an IP attorney? Should you complete a patent application before developing a prototype or after?

6. Do you need a team?
Remember, this is going to take time. Whether you develop this in-house or outsource heavily, you may need others, possibly a team, to make things happen. Think about your life. If you have a day job, it’s hard to make progress on a startup after business hours or on weekends.

7. Why doesn’t your idea already exist?
No matter how brilliant your idea is, it’s worth considering why others, perhaps well-established others, haven’t done this yet. There might be stumbling blocks – regulatory, legal, or cultural – that have derailed previous efforts.

8. What’s your ultimate goal?
Is this an exercise in curiosity, the root of a full-fledged business, or something in-between? Does your idea result in a single product or does it lend itself to a product line? Is your best business strategy acquisition, IP licensing, or growing a new business from the ground up?

Have a proven medical device product or product line that you need to take to production? Is your business plan outlined, funding in place and you’re just ready to hit GO? Let Genesis’ controlled manufacturing space, class 7 clean rooms, heat sealing expertise and knowledgeable engineering staff help you take it to the next step. Reach out today.

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Indiana Higher Education Taking Steps to Close Manufacturing Skills Gap

Indiana is making great strides in closing the manufacturing skills gap. Did you catch the recent news from Ivy Tech Community College? The community college, along with Indiana industry partners, is launching a two-year program, IvyWorks, to train students for careers in supply chain management and logistics.

In January of this year, we discussed the widening skills gap and how action was needed to ensure that manufacturing continues to be the foundation of our economy. We are thrilled to see progress all around us in Indiana, as OEMs, contract manufacturers, state legislators and educators work hand in hand to tackle roadblocks and make workforce development within the manufacturing arena a priority.

Bravo Indiana and kudos Ivy Tech Community College!

Read more on how the community college is funding the program and bridging the skills gap through partnerships with industry leaders.