Megadyne Medical Products
When David Shimkus joined Megadyne Medical Products 10 years ago, he joked about having T-shirts made that said “Rework ‘R’ Us” because the company spent 10 percent of its time fixing manufacturing errors. But after a decade of improving its process, Shimkus, vice president of operations, says everyone along the manufacturing line is attuned to quality and those production issues are virtually eliminated. “This stuff has helped us dramatically improve in terms of eliminating rework and eliminating waste,” he says.
The changes in the manufacturing process are helping to ensure Megadyne has a strong future as it celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The company’s first product was a non-stick-coated electrode. Coating the electrode prevented blood from coagulating on the surgical blade, which can cause the electrode to stick during surgery unless cleaned constantly. The product was a breakthrough for the medical industry and Megadyne has been known for its innovations ever since.