PPM http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com Phillips Precision Medicraft Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:19:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 5S Meeting (Green Team) Led by 1st shift Milling Associate “Glenn Turkington http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/2017/09/5s-meeting-green-team-led-by-1st-shift-milling-associate-glenn-turkington/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:37:31 +0000 http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/?p=5459 On Tuesday 9/12/17, Green Team and 1st shift Associate Glenn Turkington facilitated the teams 5S meeting and discussed the following agenda.

  • Are pig mats still required at Machine Centers?
  • 5S Audit for October will continue to focus on Bench Top configuration, bench drawers and floor tape.
  • How is Tool Reclamation process working?
  • Quality issues?
  • Production issues?
  • 2nd shift issues?
  • How are hand wipes working at comparator?
  • Other items for discussion.
5S Meeting (Gray team) Led by 1st shift Inspection Associate “Chris Tomusiak http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/2017/09/5s-meeting-gray-team-led-by-1st-shift-inspection-associate-chris-tomusiak/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:33:04 +0000 http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/?p=5455 On Monday, August 21, 2017, Gray Team and 1st shift Associate Chris Tomusiak facilitated the teams 5S meeting and discussed the following agenda.

  • 5 S Hand wipe cleaning station near Comparators is working well.
  • 5S Audit for October will continue to focus on Bench Top configuration.
  • Maint. to move Pin Gauge cabinet from Andy’s area to Inspection.
  • GD&T Training.
  • Other items for discussion.
5S Meeting (Gray team) Led by 1st shift Inspection Associate “Teresa Koziol http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/2017/09/5s-meeting-gray-team-led-by-1st-shift-inspection-associate-teresa-koziol/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:26:22 +0000 http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/?p=5451 On Monday, August 21, 2017, Gray Team and 1st shift Associate Teresa Koziol facilitated the teams 5S meeting and discussed the following agenda.

  • 5 S Hand wipe cleaning station near Comparators.
  • 5S Audit for August will focus on Bench Top configuration.
  • Need location for another Pin Gauge cabinet.
  • Quote QC work station at Milling Comparator
  • Other items for discussion.
In Memory of Raymond Mount http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/2017/09/in-memory-of-raymond-mount/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:58:00 +0000 http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/?p=5422 On August 29th we lost a great man, team member, and friend. Raymond Mount was General Operations Manager at PPI and supported our organization since February 1, 2008. May his memory lift his family, friends and colleagues as we move through our daily lives. “Rest in peace Raymond, you will be deeply missed.”

All of us at Phillips Precision Medicraft

Medicraft Facility Update http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/2017/09/medicraft-facility-update/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:31:59 +0000 http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/?p=5419
Construction is well underway at our third facility and we’re excited to share the details and strategy of our new manufacturing space. The foundation of this facility design is rooted in the principles of lean manufacturing. From value stream mapping, changeover, line capacity, balanced production,  administrative, reception and warehouse process, our final architectural plans allow us to optimize

every aspect of our business.

The new facility will house and expand our engineering department, art/graphics department, all aspects of DCG™ and final graphic application. We will also be moving our entire assembly department, laser department, and adding more forming units. Finally, our plans also include the addition of a new clear anodizing line to complete our 360-degree service offerings. Each phase will follow the comprehensive move plan prepared by our quality team and meet all necessary ISO and existing OEM compliance standards.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michael Phillips.
PPI News: This Months 5S High Score – 4.10 and it’s a tie!! http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/2017/09/ppi-news-this-months-5s-high-score-4-10-and-its-a-tie/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:36:02 +0000 http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/?p=5414 Congratulations to the Blue Team and the Red Team for their efforts!

Arthrex and Sea Spine Send Their Thanks http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/2017/09/customer-appreciation/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:26:03 +0000 http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/?p=5407 PPI received notes of thanks from Arthrex for the Lisfrancs Measurement Device and from Sea Spine for the new Commercial Launch of Skipjack™ Expandable Interbody System. Congratulations to both teams for a job well done!  It’s rewarding to see the positive impact our hard work and dedication to our customers has on their ability to bring useful products to the healthcare market place.

Sea Spine shared this:

Subject: RE: Skip Jack

Hello Phillips Team,

I checked with the quality team and they are currently inspecting the second batch. The first batch went through smoothly and they said there were no expansion issues. We appreciate Phillips’ responsiveness and help in addressing this. This partnership has proven to be quite valuable when we encounter design or manufacturing related opportunities such as this.

Thanks for checking in and hope all is well.

P.S. I’ve included some pictures so you can see the impact of our collaboration. Feel free to forward on to the Philips team.


Brad Cavallaro
Sr. Manufacturing Engineer

Capital Improvements at PPI & Medicraft http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/2017/09/capital-improvements-at-ppi/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:05:19 +0000 http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/?p=5402 PPI and Medicraft continue to decommission outdated equipment and replace them with their latest technological equivalent. I goal is to improve speed, capacity and capabilities. To date, PPI has completed installations for 2 EDMs and one milling machine. They have one turning center installation scheduled for the end of this month.

At Medicraft, rough and final finishing machines have been replaced with newer systems to create faster and better finishes for smoother surface areas, along with all edges. We’re also in the process of adding Water Jet Technology and CO2 dry ice plastic deburring.

Carbon Reinforced PEEK for Trauma, Potentially Disruptive? http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/2017/09/carbon-reinforced-peek-for-trauma-potentially-disruptive/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:56:45 +0000 http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/?p=5397 Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, September 12th, 2017

Invibio Biomaterial Solutions, based in Thornton Cleveleys, UK, was pleased to see the latest strong showing of PEEK (polyetheretherketone) at the recent International PEEK Meeting in Washington, D.C.

According to the company’s August 29, 2017 news release, the meeting, “…highlighted the increasing adoption of PEEK implants in clinical practice as well as the material’s established position due to possible patient benefits. In particular, the potential of carbon fiber-reinforced PEEK (CFR-PEEK) plates for fracture fixation became increasingly compelling; moreover, additive manufacturing was revealed as making progress in the production of PEEK polymer-based implants.”

“A wealth of research and clinical experience is confirming that PEEK polymer-based implants have an established position due to potential patient benefits and, what is more, they still offer immense development possibilities,” commented Steve Kurtz, Ph.D., Implant Research Center, Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and conference organizer. “While additive manufacturing in medical is in its infancy, we think it could revolutionize the ease, speed and accuracy with which implants are manufactured.”

As the company noted in its news release, “Additive manufacturing can deliver patient customized implants (PCI) and enables direct linkage to digital patient models that may change the face of pre-operative planning and surgery. 3D printing specialist Apium Additive Technologies GmbH, for example, is offering a commercially available 3D printer that is capable of processing PEEK. The model P155 uses Apium’s innovative patent-pending Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing technology.”

Asked about the most promising aspect of PEEK polymer-based implants, Dr. Kurtz told OTW, “In the near term, I would say that carbon fiber reinforced implants for trauma fracture patients have the potential to be really disruptive. These implants have demonstrated outstanding fatigue strength and promising early clinical results in challenging patients. Longer term, the technologies being developed for additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) of PEEK implants have the potential to streamline the creation of patient-specific PEEK devices. It is still too early to predict when 3D printed PEEK implants will be widely used, but the technology has disruptive potential across many different implant therapeutic areas.”

“Material technologies continue to improve so I’d like surgeons to keep an open mind about adopting new technology. These implants can offer improved fatigue strength, greater callus formation and better imaging which contributes to better outcomes. Take advantage of the upcoming OTA [Orthopaedic Trauma Association] meeting in Vancouver to learn more.”

The Fused and the Fractured: New Entrants to U.S. Spine and Trauma http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/2017/09/the-fused-and-the-fractured-new-entrants-to-u-s-spine-and-trauma/ Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:49:38 +0000 http://www.phillipsmedicraft.com/?p=5395 Spine, trauma, spine, trauma—these two segments are leading 510(k)s this year. I’m compelled to highlight these segments again this month, in part, due to Globus Medical’s activity. Globus (a ~$565MM company) has received clearance for its first two non-spinal trauma products. Seeking to diversify outside of spine, Globus plans to derive 15% of its revenue from trauma and robotics by 2020. In Globus’ 2Q17 earnings call, leadership affirmed that several trauma products planned for 2017 received FDA clearance, and were in full production mode. Later in the call, it was mentioned that they are about halfway through their core bag in terms of FDA clearances, so perhaps this is an indication of four trauma products initially, from Globus. I will keep you apprised.

Meanwhile, the continual entry of new companies into the U.S. spine and trauma markets does not come as a surprise, and frankly is expected to continue. Spine and trauma, the second and third largest orthopaedic market segments respectively, have not faced the same level of hospital scrutiny as the hip and knee segments. Below I present new spine products from EIT Emerging Implant Technologies, HD LifeSciences and Osseus Fusion Systems, and new trauma products from Globus Medical and HNM Total Recon/HNM Medical. I chose these from the list of recent 510(k) clearances primarily because, except for Globus and Osseus, they’re new entrants to the U.S.

EIT Emerging Implant Technologies | Cellular Titanium Cervical and Lumbar Cages | K170503
Wurmlingen, Germany | U.S. HQ Atlanta, Georgia | eit-spine.de | Founded 2014

HD LifeSciences | Lumbar Interbody System | K170676
Stoneham, Massachusetts | hdlifesciences.com | Founded 2014

Osseus Fusion Systems | Gemini-C Hybrid Cervical Interbody | K170844
Dallas, Texas | osseus.com | Founded 2012

HNM Total Recon/HNM Medical | Draco Locking Screws | K163486
Miami, Florida | hnmmedical.com | Founded 2004

Globus Medical gained FDA clearance for trauma products in April and May 2017.

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