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Ron Sully, Director of Marketing

Welcome to OMNInews the electronic newsletter from Omnica Corporation. 
Here's our bi-monthly selection of relevant industry and science news, what's happening at Omnica and other generally interesting info.                                               View my profile on LinkedIn
 Ron Sully - Director of Marketing 

April/May 2014

Outsourcing firms want to work with clients whose projects forecast a positive outcome. They don't expect clients to agree with them at every turn, but some distinct types warrant extra caution before the work starts. You wouldn't want to learn a potential outsourcing partner has classified you as a worrisome client after the first interview.
The business sense of reshoring  The expression "reshoring" describes bringing services back to the location it was originally sourced. After years of lamenting that the U.S. continues to lose manufacturing and jobs to overseas contractors, we learn that a majority of large companies plan to move production stateside.        
Walmart and many other companies with sales over $1B per year have pledged to bring production back to America in the near future. Fortunately for our workers, the trend makes business sense, mostly because of increasing offshore labor costs, undependable product quality and the appeal of proximity to  primary markets. The change could mean millions of new factory and service-related jobs for the U.S. by 2020, effecting a significant economic impact.
The hidden costs of overseas manufacturing  Prospects hiring us for design and engineering ask if we have connections for manufacturing overseas (we do not). China and the Far East are reputed low-cost manufacturing leaders, and there is a common belief it's possible to have a substantially similar product produced there for much less than it would cost in the States. The price per part may be less, but there are other factors to consider.   
Labor and production rates are rising in those parts of the world, and getting the products here can be expensive. Every inventor and virtual company who wants to develop a product should be familiar with the phrase "Total Landed Cost". Imported products are subject to unexpected charges and fees that can significantly affect the overall cost of finished goods.

Everyone is familiar with the ease of domestic shipping, but moving goods between countries is much more involved. Terminal fees, customs review, export licensing, maritime insurance, and fumigation are some of the fees an importer will need to add to their cost of goods. Read more about Total Landed Cost and learn about issues like "safety stock" and "screening capabilities" at destination ports. You will adjust your assumptions about overseas manufacturing.
White is the new silver  In 2013, world auto buyers bought more white cars than any other color. Silver and Black are tied for second. In the coming years the color palette will include more deep jewel tones, earthy metallics, and brown variations. Powder blue, was absent from the list. Predictors range from architectural paints and fashion, to changes in the economy. If your car is powder blue, you'd best sell it now. 
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Quality System compliance with ISO 13485 Our article on ISO Certified product developers continues to be a popular read and we get a lot of questions on the subject. Do you want to work with Omnica and follow your ISO 13485 guidelines? It's a simple process. 

We comply with your Quality System. The procedure for incorporating our documentation with your Quality System is straightforward. Determine that your Design Control procedures allow the use of our 21 CFR 820 and ISO 13485 compliant systems, and then request your Purchasing Controls to qualify Omnica as a contract developer. You will remain the Specification Developer and approve all critical documents to be included in the Design History File.   
Employment opportunity    

            We are searching for a talented Mechanical Engineer to join the Omnica team.
1) Minimum 10 years healthcare product development experience
2) 3D CAD proficiency
3) We need a hands-on engineer who is capable of working on multiple projects with interdisciplinary teams.
                      Contact Earl Robinson, president, at employment@omnica.com 

Calendar May Calendar Quiz  
  The April calendar image is a "Where's Waldo" illustration where I've hidden a number of Omnica trademark orbs. Count them and email your guess. If you get it right or even if you're off by one or two (the gift cards are piling up), I'll reward you anyway. If you didn't receive your 2014 desk calendar, contact me and I'll send it to your address.

New Omnica website is up 

I add content frequently, and there are many industry white papers and case studies you will find interesting. We are a unique medical device product development resource and can solve your most complex project challenges.


OMNInews Archives  
Did you miss past issues?  You can read them here: 
July  - Mobile health apps and regulatory oversight  May - Time and Material vs Fixed Price Bids     March - Understanding Design Control  January - Why Medical Products are Getting Better October - Hiring a Full Service Manufacturer vs a Product Development Firm 
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   Omnica is a full service high-tech design and engineering firm   in business for 29 years. We have 28 full-time employees, and perform all design and engineering services in house, at our Irvine facility. Our specialty is developing medical devices for both start-up companies, large firms like Terumo, Alcon, Instrumentation Laboratory, BD, Medtronic, Allergan, and others.