The development of proactive methods for the evaluation, selection, standardization, and rationalization of capital equipment and services used in the medical device industry will benefit equipment/process interchangeability and will result in lower costs of goods (COG). Reduced exposures to legal and regulatory issues are also expected. At the time this study began, senior management believed staff should have the latitude to make continuous improvements initiated without the burden of a corporate regulatory, engineering, quality, or procurement oversight, as long as each facility continued to meet or exceed appropriate performance standards and government regulations.

This work seeks to document the technical, quality, commercial, legal, and supplier assessment tools that can ease the selection, acquisition, and ownership of capital equipment. The development of a standardized set of supplier engagement tools, created cross-functionally, has enabled groups from different business units, cultures, countries, and continents to form consensus opinions when projects were led according to this planned methodology.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Industrial procurement; Medical instruments and apparatus--Purchasing; Packaging machinery--Purchasing; Packaging--Management

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Department, Program, or Center

Packaging Science (CAST)


Dan Goodwin

Advisor/Committee Member

Thomas F. Natalie

Advisor/Committee Member

Fritz Yambrach


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