NPI Medical is pleased to announce an expansion of its assembly and kitting operations at their facility in Ansonia, Connecticut.
“We have been providing assembly and kitting services to our customers for several years and see this as a natural way to help our customers redefine their supply chains,” said Randy Ahlm, CEO of NPI Medical. The expansion includes a dedicated climate controlled kitting room in a secured white room environment. The investment in a white room environment allows NPI Medical to quickly upgrade to a Grade 7 Class 10,000 within a week based on customers’ needs. The U-shape assembly design allows the operators to move freely from right to left providing optimized ergonomic flow and ease of assembly while Kanban bins allocate the daily requirements for the build and are bar coded for inventory accuracy. The system was developed for quick changeover to allow the flexibility for NPI Medical to handle low volumes of less than 500 kits per day, yet rapidly scale to accommodate its larger volume customers.
“Most of our customers are consolidating their suppliers and looking for ways to lower supply chain costs,” said Ahlm. “We now can offer an integrated kitting solution that includes assembly, procurement, decorating, packaging and inventory management that not only drives down supply chain costs but lowers our customers’ working capital needs.”
President Dave Kelly adds, “We offer two levels of kitting solutions depending on our customers’ project requirements; Prototype assembly and packaging with a dedicated soft wall clean room for low volume kitting assemblies, testing, and packaging or production kitting with full box build, complete component procurement and fulfillment. Our customers have been thrilled with the reduction in lead times, increased response time to demand increases and streamlined inventory management. The NPI Medical team has the expertise to package our customers’ products from nitrogen-purged foil pouches to Tyvek-sealed rigid thermoformed trays or vapor proof bags.”
“At NPI Medical, we have demonstrated our capability in new product introductions by helping our customers rapidly launch dozens of new medical device related products in the past few years. Speed-to-market is critical to our customers’ success and by working with one supplier from product development through to full production launch there is a tremendous value,” said Ahlm.
Annie Frances says
I agree with your statement that medical product kitting customers are working to lower supply chain costs. This is definitely the case for my company. However, keeping things clean and up to code should never be forgotten. When searching for a kitting company to trust our products with we always make sure that they offer sterile medical products and can pay attention to other sensitive items.