The medical device industry in the UK and Ireland is highly competitive. Ireland, for example, is one of the largest exporters of medical products in Europe, with annual exports of over 12.6 billion euros. As a result, medical device manufacturers are constantly looking for new ways to streamline validation, improve productivity and gain a competitive edge in the market.
This whitepaper explains how considering the role of metrology earlier in the process and integrating metrology into every stage of a medical device's product lifecycle enables manufacturers to develop a more efficient and traceable process. It explores the factors to consider when searching for a metrology supplier, how metrology software can improve traceability and the benefits of automating reporting processes.
"There is no room for error when bringing a medical device to market," explained Jason McGlynn, commercial manager for Ireland at The Sempre Group. "Even the smallest defect can have dangerous consequences for patients, so manufacturers must document every step of the product lifecycle to prove a device meets its intended purpose.
"Metrology is vital to gathering this accurate and traceable evidence, but is often only used at the end of production to validate final parts," added McGlynn. "By creating an effective quality management strategy and integrating metrology into production from the outset, manufacturers can improve traceability to ensure regulatory compliance while streamlining production."