As with any crisis, COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the need to respond to market demand for essential devices. For this event, this has been the need for personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, and other emergency medical equipment.
The sudden and urgent need for these has meant that other industries, including automotive and major electronics manufacturers such as Tesla, Ford, GM, Dyson and Apple, have stepped up to fill the demand for medical devices.
With the right systems in place, however, could medical device plants have responded better to the pandemic?
Many MedTech plants are inefficient. They lack visibility through the whole production process and are limited in their ability to increase capacity or throughput. They cannot easily ramp up production, activate new lines or transfer production to other facilities while maintaining adequate control of quality.