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Ethicon Uses Material Intelligence to Sustain Medical Devices

 Ethicon Uses Material Intelligence to Sustain Medical Devices - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Product Data Management Systems
  • Functional Applications - Product Lifecycle Management Systems (PLM)
Applicable Industries
  • Equipment & Machinery
Applicable Functions
  • Discrete Manufacturing
The Challenge

Rapid selection of manufacturing materials compliant in global markets is critical to assuring patients, practitioners, and purchasing organizations medical device biocompatibility.

Ensuring supply chain continuity and minimizing risks of obsolescence for medical devices due to regulatory changes are also critical in meeting Ethicon’s ongoing commitment to maintaining patient care. Its engineers are developing the next generation of medical devices and need to be able to access historical material data to accelerate new product development

The Customer
About The Customer

Ethicon is a world-class medical devices company. It committed to the process of centralizing and digitalizing its materials information by partnering with Ansys. Using Ansys Granta MI™ as the backbone of their materials information system, the team created a searchable database that could be used quickly to assess numerous manufacturing materials compliant in global market scenarios or pivoting during global supply chain crises. The result: material intelligence to help improve patient care. 

The Solution

Ansys Granta MI Enterprise was used to digitalize and migrate all material data — both standard and customized, to a centralized database. This provides quick access to materials information, including device-level material contents, and information on where the material is being used across the company. The Restricted Substances functionality enabled Bill of Materials (BoM) analysis vs. global regulations (EU MDR) to assess the risk of current and future medical devices.

The software’s Materials Gateway and Enterprise Connect solutions were then used to enable this material data to be accessible directly from within Ethicon’s engineering tools, like Biocompatibility DataBase, and produce life cycle management (PLM) systems – to benefit its global engineering teams.

Standardized Granta MI workflows were developed for materials approval and review. This drove efficiency improvements for Ethicon’s subject matter experts (SMEs) to be able to validate vendor name changes to materials.

Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Production Flexibility]

    Ethicon can assure continuity in patient care by mitigating supply chain disruptions through rapidly securing its specific formulations with vendors/suppliers.

  • [Data Management - Data Availability]
Quantitative Benefit
  • Accessing a material analysis completed a decade ago by an Ethicon engineer saved around $200,000 and the 22-26 weeks it would have taken to test the affected component.

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