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The Value of Medical Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programs

As technology evolves, operator skill sets must evolve and adapt to industry changes. Often times, staying on top of the curve can be difficult.

With a rapidly changing industry, it becomes increasingly dynamic to grow and maintain a qualified workforce that succeeds in the market. In 2016, nearly half (40%) of 42,000 global employers surveyed reported talent shortages also known industry-wide as a skills gap.

Employee training apprentice

Mentoring a Manufacturing Apprentice

As a result, manufacturers are crafting in-house apprenticeship programs to help bridge the skills gap and STEM education. Between 2013 and 2017, there was a 42% growth in apprenticeships across the nation, as per the United States Department of Labor. In the 2017 fiscal year alone, over 190,000 Americans entered into apprenticeship programs.

For employers, in-house apprenticeships can create a pipeline of workers with the necessary skillsets. Each manufacturer can target the specific skills needed for their positions in the apprenticeship program and workers have time to comprehend them over the course of the program.

At the apprenticeship program’s end, a credential is given to the worker to certify their occupational ability. By this point the apprentice knows the latest tools, technologies, and analytics from a firsthand source.

Manufacturing apprenticeships provide a long-term solution to talent issues. At Hammill Medical, we have a 4-year apprenticeship program established in 1955. The apprenticeship provides a valuable opportunity to learn a trade. Our program, in affiliation with the National Tooling and Machining Association, gives participants needed work experience and simultaneously covers class credits.

We evaluate participants every 90 days. You need 5,000 hours of experience to complete the program and apply course credit. The apprenticeship is company sponsored and can get participants a two year associate’s degree, or students can opt to continue on for a four year college degree.

The Hammill Medical apprenticeship program has 25-30 people enrolled in it at any one time. As we pay for the student investment, participants join our workforce upon program completion. Today, we currently have about 200 employed.

Teaching necessary skills through our in-house apprenticeship program provide great opportunities to those looking to enter a rewarding manufacturing career. It also advances our workforce so that we can continue to manufacture top-quality orthopedic and spinal implants, implantable medical units, and surgical tools.

Contact us today to learn more. Also, keep abreast of the latest industry news by following our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Keeping Up with the Fast-Paced Medical Devices Industry

Manufacturing & Medical Breakthroughs

Knowledge and skills are like radioactive atoms. They decay with time. This is particularly true in the medical field as breakthroughs happen almost every day. The voracious appetite of human beings where eradication of diseases and difficulties is concerned has not and will not wane in the near future. The only course of action open to manufacturers keen on supporting this field is constant education. And that’s what Hammill Medical is all about.

A Legacy of Knowledge & Practical Information:

Knowledge isn’t limited to books. Often the best skill upgrades happen at summits, expositions and boot camps. To this effect Hammill, is all set to be a presence at some of the most prestigious medical device and orthopedic events of 2018. Commitment to quality and thought leadership isn’t easy. With that said, our team is ready to keep up with the fast-paced medical sector.

NASS Meeting 2018:

The spine implants market is rapidly growing. And is a very viable segment for us.

The North American Spine Society (NASS) provides enduring material in the form of spirited discussions and presentations which distill the latest in spine surgery, rehabilitation and support devices for quick consumption.

This year’s winter events will highlight both surgical and medical perspectives on spine care.

These events will allow us to learn about the latest technologies and capabilities for new and upcoming customer projects in the medical device industry

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Meeting 2018:

March 6th to March 10th 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana is home to a prestigious congregation of doctors, physicians, special practitioners, medical service providers and international vendors.

The reason? Up to date, accurate medical information and programs that enlighten registrants about all aspects of medicine and medical support.

We will use this opportunity to expand our circle and also stay abreast of what’s new in the industry.

More About Hammill Medical:

Hammill Medical has a 90,000 square feet state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Toledo Ohio. We operate within manufacturing guidelines mandated by the FDA. We are ISO 13485 accredited. And most importantly, we have experience bringing new products to our buyers – on time and in budget.

We sincerely believe what we absorb at these educational events sharpens our existing abilities and equips us to embrace new capabilities.

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Annual Checkup on the Medical Device Industry

The technologies making up the medical device industry are March 2016 Blog Imageevolving rapidly. The Senate just passed a group of bills in an effort to speed up medical device approvals by the FDA. With the suspension of the medical device tax, the industry is set for immediate expansion and growth in developing new devices, processes, and tools.

Opening up legislation to improve development and deployment of innovative ideas can lead to better healthcare and well-being. Futurist and innovator Ray Kurzweil recently presented a talk on the future of healthcare at MD&W West in Anaheim, CA. He is the inventor of many advances such as optical character recognition and text-to-speech synthesis that enables a computer to read a book aloud, alongside the first charge-coupled device flatbed scanner. At age 14 he wrote a paper about his theory of the neocortex, a part of the brain that is involved in higher functions. His correspondence with MIT professor Marvin Minsky led to a mentorship and the study of computer science.

Kurzweil continues to write about technology and its impact on our future. He believes that the sequencing of the human genome has transitioned the practice of medicine into an information technology and it will follow a growth curve that is similar to other technology sectors. Genome information is leading to research into gene manipulation, turning them on and off, to influence biology and change how the body works.

Combining DNA and nanobots are the latest in cutting-edge mechanisms for curing diseases. Reminding us a little of sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage, nanobots are undergoing human tests to see if they can target cancer cells to deliver drugs directly. If this advancement is successful nanobots may be able to cure disease and keep the body in proper balance, reversing aging and give us longer lives.

Curing disease is the basis of all medicine and new efforts are being developed each day. The scientists, researchers, and futurists, like Kurzweil, will be bringing us original ideas and resolutions beyond anything we currently know or have in the field. Continue to follow our blog for recent developments in medical manufacturing. We will keep you up to date on the latest innovations and solutions impacting the industry today.

Hammill Medical: The Story Continues

We’ve joined the digital revolution and with this post have launched our monthly blog posts that we hope will help to facilitate a digital dialogue with our customers, suppliers, and industry compatriots.  In the months ahead, we will be posting blog articles about industry news of interest, information about manufacturing in the U.S. and also updates about our company and products.  We look forward to you being part of this conversation and hope you will feel free to comment and let us know your thoughts.

Before we begin, we thought we’d give you an overview of who we are, where we came from and where we hope to go.

The Hammill story began in 1955 when it was founded by Ed Hammill.  Ever since Ed founded the company it has remained family owned and operated, something each generation has taken pride in and worked to continually improve on our products and services.  Since the 1970’s Hammill Medical has been fabricating orthopedic implants, spinal implants, surgical instruments, and implantable medical devices. In fact, we recently celebrated the manufacturing of our 500,000th orthopedic knee implant.

We are very meticulous about quality processes to ensure that the customer receives a part that’s manufactured to their requirements and specifications and that it adheres to all the FDA requirements and follows the ISO 13485 guidelines.

We are committed to employee education and encouraging young people to learn about our manufacturing processes through our apprentice program.  Together with the state of Ohio and Owens Community College we typically have between 35 and 40 students who are going through the apprentice program.  These students come away from the program with the equivalent to a 2-year college degree and a journeyman’s card which establishes high-level skills as a machinist.

Hammill Medical is able to bring new products to market quickly and on budget with the help of our in-house tooling and gage design and manufacturing.

So, this is how we got our start and where we are currently.  We look forward to telling you about where we are going in future blogs and sharing stories about manufacturing innovations, ideas, and current practices that we think will be of interest to you.  As well, be sure to check in with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.  Stop by next month for our next post.