Vention developed several prototypes with a range of complexity to help the customer’s marketing team define its requirements. The customer set a cost target, and the Vention team developed a prototype to meet the customer’s goals.
The design phase leveraged Vention’s expertise in catheter design, material development, and design for manufacturability (DFM). Vention handled key secondary operations including cutting, tipping, cleaning, final inspection, and packaging for 8 SKUs. One of the project challenges was developing and validating the RF tipping process used to form the catheter tip. The operation was complex because of the tip’s asymmetric geometry, and because there were 4 different tubing materials that each responded differently to the process.
Vention effectively managed the supply chain from design and development through manufacturing and assembly. The team selected, qualified, and managed all suppliers, and had the flexibility to work with the customer’s preferred suppliers.
The team also performed a supply chain Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), a process Vention developed as part of its Quality Management System. This involves applying the tools of failure mode and effects analysis to identify and mitigate supply chain risks, which are often overlooked in the product development process.