Connected manufacturing aims to bring a fully integrated approach to medical technologies and manufacturing processes and operations. Connected manufacturing automates industry best practices and uses technology to power industry leading operations and thereby, results.

How to think about Connected Manufacturing?

Connected manufacturing shouldn’t be thought of as a traditional “product” or “service” but rather a combination of the two that manifests itself as a strategy designed to bring medical device manufacturing operations of all sizes to the highest levels of excellence and output. Think of connected manufacturing as a realignment of business focus to the future; combining industry leading technology with experienced businesses produces better results. Revitalizing legacy systems help organizations to harness valuable data that drives decision making and is a key component that quickly delivers return on investment.

Connected manufacturing is a key aspect for the 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) focused on utilizing technology to drive results and safety. Here are 3 ways in which connected manufacturing can help improve any medical device manufacturing operation:

  1. Achieve Optimal Efficiency –   Every manufacturing process aims to produce at maximum operation efficiency, but it is easier said than done. With new technologies that can connect devices, locations, and deliver insights from data via AI, companies can access new information that was never thought possible. This new found efficiency (and information) is empowering companies to create new products, and to rethink supply chains and overall manufacturing collaboration.
  2. Prepare for the Future – New technologies that are available because of data gathered from connected manufacturing operations are moving innovation at the speed of light. The medical device manufacturing market is growing rapidly and smaller/mid-sized players can compete with larger companies by leveraging proprietary data (previously unknown) to drive innovative products to the market. Connected manufacturing helps smaller and mid-size manufacturers prepare for the scalability of new innovation. Connected manufacturing directly drives innovation and then helps scale that innovation to large markets.
  3. Increasing Regulatory Compliance – As time passes, industry regulation is becoming more complex and stricter for medical device manufacturers. This is especially daunting for companies that do not have the budgets of larger companies. A connected manufacturing process helps companies to keep their processes and products compliant with regulation.

Connected manufacturing is changing the medical device manufacturing market. Smaller and mid-sized companies have a better opportunity that ever before to scale and innovate at the same pace as industry leaders. Leveraging data to drive innovative products and meet compliance standards is now a possibility for medical device manufacturers of all sizes.

If you’re interested in speaking to a connected manufacturing expert, contact Seabrook Technology Group today for an introductory conversation. 

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