August 1, 2016
REV.1 Design Team

5 Ways Skilled Technicians Speed Product Development

Often the medical device product design team is disconnected from the technicians and machinists who tackle the nuts and bolts of product development. Working with highly skilled technicians who are integrated into the design team makes development not only faster, but often contributes to a better final product. Here are some of the ways highly skilled technicians accelerate product development: 1) Faster solutions: Highly trained technicians offer better fabrication methods and need less trial-and-error time […]
July 14, 2016

Skin in the Game: 5 Ways to Create a Contractor Partnership

“REV.1 Engineering gets involved and puts skin in the game. They are very good problem solvers who take ownership. It wasn’t just ‘the client’s’ project, it was always ‘OUR’ project.” That’s the kind of testimonial you want to be able to give your contract R&D firm! And it’s certainly the kind of testimonial we love to get! When you choose your medical device development contractor, be sure you select a partner who cares about your […]
June 30, 2016
FEA fatigue testing

Designing with Finite Element Analysis

You’re likely already familiar with finite element analysis (FEA) and its use in medical device development. From stress-strain to thermal heating to fatigue, FEA is an indispensable part of the product development process. By simulating the use (and potential misuse) of a product, engineers calculate stresses and strains under different loading conditions. Typically, the engineers who handle finite element analysis are separate from the design team. They specialize in that one technique, and in the […]
June 15, 2016

Critical Chain Methodology: 5 Steps to Project Success

Most project managers use software that provides basic Gantt chart and cascading waterfalls of activities. Key milestones are laid out and the dependencies for reaching those milestones. Critical chain methodology revolutionizes program management for complex projects. Critical chain methodology is based on the theory of constraints, identifying the most important limiting factors or constraints to finishing a program or reaching a specific goal within a program. Here are 5 steps to improving program management outcomes […]