lean medical device manufacturing

LEAN manufacturing culture

At NextPhase, LEAN is more than a process—it’s our culture. Our customers have reaped the benefits of our medical device LEAN manufacturing.

For more than a decade, NextPhase has been integrating LEAN philosophies, tools, and systems into our daily operations. Our company culture is defined by our core values and dedicated to developing an environment of continuous improvement. Our goal is to continuously improve the quality of your medical device while reducing cost.

Teamwork: the foundation of our LEAN culture

Teamwork is one of our core values. Our managers prioritize building and maintaining trusting and respectful relationships among employees at all levels. Clear, consistent communication about company goals, key objectives, and supporting metrics helps each employee to understand their role and maintain a stake in team outcomes. This sets the stage for an environment of continuous improvement.

For more on the role of management in a LEAN environment, download our white paper,  “The Fundamental Role of Management in a LEAN Environment.”

Our LEAN system is designed to identify abnormalities
  • We identify and communicate system expectations through standardized work and visual controls
  • We continuously evaluate how systems are performing against expectations on a real-time basis
  • We address abnormalities in real time through countermeasures
Why choose NextPhase for your LEAN medical device manufacturing?
  • Our quality and manufacturing systems support best-practice methodologies
  • We provide customers with a high level of confidence for successful program execution
  • Our LEAN manufacturing practices have allowed NextPhase to reduce costs by more than 50% on mature production lines

Key benefits of LEAN medical device manufacturing

  • Improved identification of abnormalities
  • Reduced waste
  • Improved capacity
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased responsiveness
  • Increased quality
  • Reduced cost
  • Reduced inventory
  • Reduced work-in-process

Elements of LEAN systems

  • Daily company-wide communication
  • Flexible cellular manufacturing
  • Production leveling (heijunka)
  • Management accountability
  • PFEP/Kanban
  • Point-of-use inventory
  • Standardized work
  • Visual controls

Wondering how your project could benefit from LEAN manufacturing?