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High-Demand Education Featured at OMTEC 2014

A number of the most-read BONEZONE articles from 2013 will be covered in greater depth as educational sessions at OMTEC 2014, the 10th Annual Orthopaedic Manufacturing & Technology Exposition and Conference. You can view the growing OMTEC education schedule, here. Then, register to brush up on the following topics.

The implantable device supply chain is ripe with waste—more than $5 billion in inefficiencies has been documented in the U.S. alone. Awareness provides a unique opportunity for orthopaedic device manufacturers and their customers to collaborate in reducing these costs. Shared nearly equally by manufacturers and healthcare delivery organizations, these inefficiencies represent more than a 12 percent overhead on healthcare spending. Karen Conway, Executive Director of Industry Relations for GHX, previously wrote about a pilot program under which orthopaedic OEMs and healthcare systems are partnering to develop best practices surrounding data synchronization, process automation, case preparation and product documentation.

Industry’s Achilles Heel: The Supply Chain
What you can learn today: Supply chain inefficiencies stem from four areas.
What you can learn at OMTEC: Both sides of the supply chain will come together to present methods identified for successful collaboration, implementation and cost saving results.

Did your latest project plan end with another line extension and the realization that your team was eight weeks late for the biggest event of the year? Projects don’t need to end that way, but most do. If orthopaedic device teams want something to cheer about next year, they need to master the design and construction of medical device design planning. Rob Packard, Founder of Medical Device Academy, will expand upon his six steps to a successful design plan.

The Anatomy of a Successful Design Plan
What you can learn now: The six steps to a successful design plan.
What you can learn at OMTEC: In-depth actions to take for each of the six steps, as well as the ways that a CAPA process can improve the design process.

To ensure commercialized product quality, safety and performance, suppliers and OEMs need to maintain vigilant communication and share industry awareness. Questions about material properties, regulatory status and testing and manufacturing processes should be a starting point for any conversation. Suppliers will discuss these questions surrounding materials at three Knowledge Centers during OMTEC 2014.

Supplier Roundtable: Materials Suppliers Prepare for 2013
What you can learn now: Challenges raw materials suppliers face and questions to ask before starting the next project.
What you can learn at OMTEC: An overview of raw materials challenging global regulatory obstacles in the U.S., Europe, China, Brazil and Japan, strategies to enable successful registration and a Q&A on titanium, steel and polymers.

The knowledge of technical applications is essential for the creation and development of new products. Based on attendee feedback, more technical education has been added to the lineup, including support from OMTEC exhibitors. The tools and knowledge required to understand the following processes will be covered.

  • Additive Manufacturing, ir. Ruben Wauthle, LayerWise
  • Coating Implants, Parimal Bapat, Ph.D., Orchid Orthopedic Solutions
  • Design for Manufacturability, Sean Miller, Paragon Medical
  • Injection Molding, Kiersten Asbeck, Ensinger Putnam
  • Tray Sterilization, Daniel Prince, Ph.D., Gibraltar Laboratories