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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.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter & LinkedIn for the latest industry updates or you can contact us here today.

2018 Predicted to Bring a Multitude of Success for the Medical Device & Implant Industries

Science has given mankind many miracles. But the most enduring and impactful of these has been the introduction and commercialization of modern medicine. It has single-handedly ended the reign of dreaded diseases, improved longevity and provided succour to those who are afflicted.

With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that the medicines, medical devices and implants industries are poised to witness consistent growth not only in 2018 but over the next 10 years.

United States is a Thriving Devices and Implants Market:

The combined value of the various players in the medical devices sector is a staggering 155 billion USD.

Implants alone account for more than 70 billion USD.

There are a few reasons why the projected expansion of this space is extremely optimistic.

–       The population in the US is aging fast. Some of the Baby Boomers – the largest segment of the American population before the Millennials arrived on the scene have already touched the 70 years mark. It is estimated that more than 24% of US citizens will be 65 or older soon. The common maladies of age and bone degradation turn the elderly into busy consumers of medical services, devices, and therapy.

–       The increasingly sedentary lifestyle of generation Y is preparing the stage for spine issues and organ degeneration in the relatively young workforce as well. Both are managed through surgical interventions and the introduction of implantable support systems.

–       Insurance availability has peaked in the past few years. Even if the freedom to visit the doctor is curtailed because of reforms presented by the administration, there will still be people who can now afford medical devices and assistance, and they will opt for them to improve their lives further fuelling growth.

Hammill Medical is Ready to Play its Part

Market research puts orthopedic implants as a leader in the medical devices category. Hammill Medical is an ISO 13485 accredited and FDA registered manufacturer of medical devices specializing in orthopedic and spinal implants.

With the ability to see production through from original concept to high-quality finished item at our 90,000-sq. ft. state of the art facility, our name has inspired trust and embodied innovation for well over half a century.

We are the perfect partner for businesses looking to capitalize on the trend of implantable medical devices. For more information contact us today.

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Robot Assisted Knee Surgery Improves Patient Outcomes

In our last blog we looked at how obesity has increased the need for joint replacement surgeries throughout the world. As a follow up, we are exploring the innovations taking place in today’s surgical suites with regard to joint replacement surgeries, specifically knee replacements.

Knee problems occur in many people. The knees support and stabilize the weight of the body and the bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments must work together for the knees to work properly. When one of these parts is damaged, diseased, or injured, movement is impeded or impossible without pain. Obesity puts greater stress on the knees leading to greater damage.

Modern surgical techniques are greatly improving the ability of surgeons to repair diseased and damaged knees. Knee surgery options include partial or total replacements with either standard or robotic surgery. Standard surgery relies on X-rays and the surgeon’s visual assessment to perform the replacement. In robotic surgery, 3D modeling replaces the manual pre-op calculations and in-surgery guesswork. Robotic surgery enables doctors to perform complex procedures with greater precision, control, and flexibility than with traditional techniques.

There are a few different robotic systems on the market today, but they all offer the surgeon increased precision when preparing joints and fitting metal implants. Improvements in imaging technology, visual camera connections, and simulations allow the surgeon instantaneous feedback on implant placement and results before the surgery is completed.

The benefits of robotic assisted knee surgery are many. The use of the robot removes uncontrollable factors that a surgeon may miss when performing traditional surgery. It increases the precision of the bone cuts and reduces the amount of time required for each surgery because much of the planning is done in advance.

Patients undergoing robot assisted knee replacement surgeries benefit as well. Often performed as an outpatient procedure, patients experience less pain, increased mobility, and a quicker return to normal activities.

The Baby Boomer Generation started the jogging craze in the 1970’s. The pressure placed on the knees from this activity can be detrimental. As the Baby Boomers reach their 60’s, and obesity rates continue to rise, the need for knee replacement surgeries will continue to grow. As more surgeons and centers move toward robot assistants, the outcomes for both the medical community and the patients will continue to improve.

References:

http://www.sctimes.com/story/money/bright-ideas/2015/02/27/center-performs-st-robot-assisted-knee-surgery/24147595/

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/03/25/knee-replacement-what-to-consider?page=2

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/knee-replacement/multimedia/knee-replacement-surgery/img-20008636

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/robotic-surgery/basics/definition/prc-20013988

http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_info/knee_problems/default.asp

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.