Article | May 11, 2023

NOT An Afterthought: How Protective Parts Influence Device Design

Source: Caplugs
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With all the investment, ingenuity, and energy that goes into medical device design, it can be easy to overlook the importance of the caps and plugs needed to protect a device during shipping and/or sterilization. Although the average cost of these closures is less than 1 percent of the value of the device they protect, they ensure the device gets to the end user in perfect operating condition. Partnering with a company that has years of experience in high-volume production of protective parts can save money, ensure your product is ready to ship on time, and protect your device from damage.

Outsourcing also prevents the manufacture of protective parts from monopolizing valuable production equipment time. Companies that produce large volumes of protective products also can pass on their resin purchasing power to customers in the form of lower costs. Additionally, outsourcing provides set pricing for these parts, versus the sometimes-difficult calculations involved in determining internal costs to produce protective parts — especially if those parts must be inventoried or their production must be matched to that of a device.

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