“PMC SMART Solutions LLC (Cincinnati, OH)… gathered employees and their families from its Shelbyville, IN, manufacturing plant to walk and raise funds for SCUFFY. The PMC-sponsored family event was held at Kennedy Park in Shelbyville… In addition to the walk, there were also some fun added events… raffle tickets were available for door prizes and case donations were taken for a chance to put a pie in the face of Vern Nightenhelser, VP of Automotive and Ryan Poplicean..”
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PMC SMART Solutions LLC (Cincinnati, OH), a family-owned company specializing in engineering, design/development, plastic injection molding, contract assembly and sterilization, is using its extensive experience to help bring a new ventilator to market as quickly and inexpensively as possible, without compromising on quality.
Lisa Jennings, president and CEO of PMC SMART Solutions, says she was introduced to the founders of Venti-Now Non-Profit Corp. (Cincinnati, OH) who were searching for a medical device manufacturer that could help them with critical R&D aspects. “They had a good start with the concept, design and early prototype for their emergency ventilator,” Jennings says. “What they were lacking was the medical device manufacturing and regulatory experience that PMC could provide.”
The Venti-Now ventilator is a pneumatic mechanical device. Small and portable, it is designed for quick production and maximum affordability for medical professionals who use it. Venti-Now is also easy to operate and utilizes standard, disposable BVM bags so that it is ideal for use in emergency situations in both hospital and field locations. According to Alan Sundheimer, PMC’s vice president of Engineering and Technology, PMC’s engineering team asked countless questions and performed DFM (design for manufacturability) analyses to ultimately determine the optimum product design and, consequently, the best assembly and testing processes. “Continuous innovation is a core value at PMC, and at our manufacturing plant in Shelbyville, IN, we worked to standardize components and make this product for the lowest possible cost, which is beneficial for all,” Sundheimer says. “We anticipated needing to ramp up very quickly, so we addressed supply chain options and how to assemble as many as 1,000 of the units per week as efficiently as possible. This included looking at manpower and space requirements as well.”
Jennings adds, “By its nature, the Venti-Now program created instant passion and commitment to support a program that could help with the devastating COVID-19 pandemic that took over the world and our country earlier this year. The Venti-Now team was deeply committed to bringing a simple and affordable emergency ventilator to the world, and the PMC team quickly joined them as integrated partners, working toward a common goal.”
The Venti-Now project relied on the breadth of services and expertise PMC offers to support medical device customers, including strong product design and development. “The PMC team also supports the development of a solid supply chain, balancing technical requirements, quality, delivery and cost – everything that is required for the full product lifecycle, from concept to ongoing supply of finished product,” Jennings continues. “Manufacturing medical devices demands strict adherence to FDA quality standards, and PMC has the expertise to assist customers like Venti-Now who need support in this area.”
Venti-Now’s founding President and Chief Engineer, John Molander, says working with PMC SMART Solutions has been a “fabulous experience” as his team works to deliver safe, effective, and affordable ventilators to areas that urgently need them. “The entire PMC team has been professional and responsive to the changing needs as the Coronavirus pandemic has spread across the USA and the world,” he says. “It has been reassuring for our small nonprofit to work with this world-class medical device fabricator. They are very detail oriented in the production, testing, and documentation required for these medical devices.”
“At PMC, we want to give customers the best solutions,” Sundheimer concludes. “Everyone who worked on the Venti-Now has expressed to me how they feel about the value of this project under the circumstances. Others who were not involved specifically requested to be involved. They want to give back, add value and contribute to the greater good. We believe all our customers feel and see the PMC difference based on our culture and commitment to their shared success.”
PMC SMART Solutions calls upon more than 90 years of manufacturing know-how and innovation to give customers a comprehensive, scientific approach to making products that save lives. FDA registered and ISO 13485 certified, PMC demonstrates a deep commitment to customers’ success and operates with the company’s value proposition of REAL Insight, REAL Attention and REAL Confidence at the heart of every project. From product development through launch and ongoing production, PMC SMART Solutions is the smart choice for real success. For more information, visit www.pmcsmartsolutions.com.
Original article at PlasticsToday.com
PMC Smart Solutions (Shelbyville, IN) tripled its medical device manufacturing space last year, part of a $5 million construction project that also targeted high-growth applications in the electric vehicles sector. That expansion created a new challenge for the company: Recruiting qualified employees to fill critical positions. With the national unemployment rate at a nearly 50-year low, companies must innovate beyond offering competitive salaries and a generous benefits package to attract talent. For PMC, that begins with what it calls a supportive, employee-first work culture to retain workers and an internship program articulated around a train-to-hire model.
Between 2017 and 2018, PMC expanded its pool of salaried employees by 30%, some of whom were recent graduates from nearby universities. One of those new hires is Alex Bachman, a process engineer at PMC. A graduate of Shawnee State University with a plastics engineering degree, Bachman said he was immediately attracted to PMC’s supportive work culture, which includes on-the-job training and help with college expenses. “It was an opportunity for me to continue my education through training and getting into my master’s degree. That’s huge for me; the more you’re taught the more you’re worth. And then you can bring it back to the company,” said Bachman.
Serving a growing medtech market
PMC will need more recruits like Bachman, as it anticipates another banner year that will require hiring new personnel in a tight labor market. The family-owned company provides design and development, plastic injection molding and assembly services to the global medical technology sector, which is forecast to grow at a steady pace for the foreseeable future, reaching nearly $800 billion in sales by 2030, according to a report from business consultancy KPMG (Amstelveen, Netherlands). Tapping into that market as a contract manufacturer requires a targeted skill set that PMC has honed over the years, as Lisa Jennings, President and CEO, explained to PlasticsToday.
PMC has focused its efforts in the most innovative, growing segments of the medical technology market, such as robotic surgery, ophtalamology and electro-surgical devices, noted Jennings. To fulfill customer expectations, PMC has developed extensive experience in injection molding and many secondary, assembly and packaging services to provide complete contract manufacturing of complex finished medical devices. “This requires the highest level of quality and manufacturing systems to support customers in developing and producing these devices on their behalf. Roughly 60% of our products are not opened and used until they are in the operating room,” said Jennings. This capability responds to demand among medical device OEMs for contract manufacturers who are able to design, develop and manufacture complete medical devices rather than parts and components, she explained.
“Customers are seeking a partner to work with them from early-stage development of a project through the product lifecycle. PMC has a proven track record in assisting customers with plastic component and assembly design, as well as working with very challenging raw materials and extremely precise tolerances. Our plastics and engineering teams are considered world-class in this area,” said Jennings. The FDA-registered, ISO 13485:2016–certified company offers insert, two-shot and over-molding services and has a Class 8 cleanroom on site.
A woman at the helm of a manufacturing company
PMC is certified as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). In past years, women-owned ﬁrms employed about 19 million people and generated $2.5 trillion in annual sales, according to the WBENC. Nevertheless, it’s still fairly rare to find a woman at the helm of a manufacturing company, and I asked Jennings if she encountered any cultural issues in that role. She responded that she is not intentionally running the company differently as a female and pointed to her team as the defining force behind the 90-year-old company’s success.
“I believe our culture is created by our team, with strategic direction and core values set by myself and the leadership team,” said Jennings. “We have the most amazing team of people, from those who have been with us for 40+ years to early-career intern engineers joining the PMC team after graduation.”
Describing the company’s workforce as a melting pot of experience, creativity, innovation and passion that has received awards and accolades from customers for its deep commitment to their success, Jennings graciously acknowledged that it is an “honor to be a part of [that success] alongside such a great team.” While she has never really noticed that she was “the only female in the room,” Jennings stressed that she is supportive of growing the number of women in technical fields. “I believe there are tremendous opportunities for all in our market.” As far as her gender influencing the company culture, she added, “it would be good to ask some of our team members.” Michael Parks, Sales Account Manager, offered this perspective.
In addition to a strong leadership team and dedicated workforce, “the culture at PMC is also influenced by being a family-owned business. Having a family-oriented mindset from the top is evident when the employees engage well with one another and work well as a team,” said Parks.
PMC said that it will continue to explore creative ways to expand its workforce to meet growing demands from its customer base, which includes medical device OEMs Medtronic and Stryker as well as such global businesses as Firestone and Bosch.
Last year was the peak year in terms of production in the manufacturing industry because of automation, Brian Asher, executive director of Shelby County Development Corporation told 119 Shelby County high school students Friday morning during Manufacturing Day, which is provided in a partnership with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is – at its most simple – a measurement of manufacturing productivity. Developed as a tenet of lean manufacturing, the aim of OEE is to provide metrics that can be used to improve a manufacturing process.
Three components provide data when assessing OEE, as described at www.oee.com. The first is availability, which measures whether the process is running as scheduled. The second factor, performance, assesses whether maximum manufacturing speeds are reached. Quality, which counts defects, is the third component.
Global medical device supplier announces new expansion and hires to accommodate continued growth
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — PMC SMART Solutions, a leading global manufacturing company with operations in Shelbyville, Ind., is undergoing the final stages of a $5 million expansion project that will triple its current medical manufacturing space.
The expansion, which is scheduled to be ready for manufacturing in April, is designed to accommodate the significant growth the company has experienced in medical device contract manufacturing, according to Lisa Jennings, President and CEO of PMC SMART Solutions.
The company also has been hiring new employees in engineering and operations to manage increases in new programs and production of finished disposable devices.
“We are excited about the expansion and new team additions to PMC SMART Solutions,” Jennings said. “Our company’s growth can be directly attributed to our team’s commitment to continuous innovation, world-class quality and on-time delivery.”
PMC’s excellence in customer service has been recognized with numerous accolades, including the prestigious Bosch Global Supplier Excellence Award. “Our employees consistently perform beyond client expectations,” Jennings said. “And the expanded medical manufacturing space strengthens our ability to continue that legacy of success.”
Along with the expansion of medical manufacturing spaces, including Class 8 clean room manufacturing, the project includes new equipment, office space and employee amenities. PMC is investing in equipment for injection molding, including implant and micro-molding, and automation and sterile packaging for finished disposable devices.
“Our continued growth would not be possible without the tremendous support of the Shelbyville community,” said Jennings, referring to collaborations with Mayor Tom DeBaun, Brian Asher, executive director of the Shelby County Development Company and Shelbyville City Councilmembers.
“It’s been a great partnership since we opened our doors in 1973,” she said. “Shelbyville is a friendly place to do business. We’re looking forward to growing with the community.”
The medical devices sector has been a significant area of growth for PMC, which recently entered into contracts with major global companies that specialize in ophthalmic surgery and surgical navigation.
In 2014, the Bosch Group’s purchasing volume came to some 25 billion Euros. Europe still accounts for the lion’s share, at roughly 60 percent of the global purchasing volume. Outside Europe, procurement is centered on China, the U.S., and Japan.
About PMC SMART Solutions, Manufacturing Technology that Saves Lives
Founded in 1929, PMC SMART Solutions is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, with locations in Shelbyville, Ind.; Detroit, Mich.; Guanajuato, Mexico; and Wiesau, Germany. PMC has a strong history of creating plastic-based products in highly-regulated markets and is a contract manufacturer for 10 of the top global Tier 1 automotive manufacturers and seven of the world’s largest medical device OEMs. PMC is a certified women-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). For more information, visit www.pmcsmartsolutions.com.
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ArthroCare has done around USD 300,000 worth of business with a solution provider from the marcus evans Medical Device R&D Summit, according to Norman Gordon, Vice President, R&D, ArthroCare.
A delegate at two Medical Device R&D Summits, Gordon said: “When I am searching for vendors, the Summits are useful for assessing the marketplace. Although we were looking for new vendors, it is very possible that we would not have met or ended up working with PMC LLC if we had not attended the Summit.”
Since your last Summit, you have been working with PMC LLC on a new project. How did this relationship develop?
We do a lot of work with a material that is difficult to mold, which not many companies in the US have the expertise and experience that is required to do it well. We had one vendor for all our molds and were satisfied with them. However, when we had a hard look at our risk management plans, we realized that we were single-sourcing some expertise and production capabilities, and needed to find new vendors.
We met PMC LLC at the marcus evans Summit and got a feel for their capabilities and which industry partners they work with. They seemed to be a pretty good fit with our needs. Thus, we had them quote competitively with the other vendor, and decided to work with them.
The contract value was around USD 300,000. Over the next few years, as we generate revenue for our company, we will probably purchase some additional components from PMC and place orders for new molded parts.
Although we were looking for new vendors, it is very possible that we would not have met or ended up working with PMC LLC if we had not attended the Summit.
How do the Summits help you find vendors? How efficient and effective do you find the one-on-one meeting format?
They allow you to cut to the chase quickly. The vendors get a chance to present themselves to folks that they might not otherwise have access to, and delegates get an understanding of their capabilities that they might not have otherwise sought. The meetings can be very valuable.
Every few years, the marcus evans Summits help me see the most recent advances in project planning, interact with folks facing similar challenges and hear how they have solved problems. It is definitely time well spent. When I am searching for vendors, the Summits are useful for assessing the marketplace.
Are you planning to work with any other solution providers you met through marcus evans?
With one of the other vendors, we have identified an overlap in their machining capabilities and some of the parts we make on a regular basis, so we are keeping in touch to possibly utilize their services when we are at that point in the product development cycle. We certainly will bring them in when we get started on some new projects, late summer or fall 2013.
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