Simply stated, we put the patient first and work hand in hand with the most sophisticated device OEMs to define what is required to help patients get better faster. We then build new and novel manufacturing processes required to produce these innovative new products. Providing what the patient needs to get better faster by building the optimized processes needed to make it happen. This is Outcome-based Manufacturing™. We create manufacturing technology the world has never seen to make new devices the world has never seen.
Three big things to ask about suppliers:
How do they define themselves?
How many of your suppliers have patient in their mission? Most suppliers think of themselves in terms of assets, at Cadence, we provide what the patient needs to get better faster and then build the optimized processes needed to make it happen.
Are they process innovators?
Do your suppliers invent equipment to serve your needs or just buy off the shelf machines? The intended patient outcome should drive the manufacturing process, not vice versa. At Cadence, we have new technologies created from a white board to the shop floor.
Do they engage with a transactional mentality?
Product Development, Process Development and Commitments & Agreements: no one of these elements can completely precede the other two. Instead your suppliers should evaluate new projects like venture capitalists. If not, they are probably not sufficiently sharing your project risk.
It can be summarized as follows:
1. What is the improved outcome we are seeking for the patient, caregiver or both?
2. What functional attributes of the device drive this outcome and how can they be tested?
3. What mechanical properties of the device and its components drive the functional attributes?
4. What manufacturing processes are best suited for achieving the required specifications?