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Management Recruiters of Gastonia North help keep medical device professionals tuned to the latest industry news by providing access to the latest in technologies and breakthroughs, as well as resources for both clients and candidates.

Are you tired of bad data/bad news? Me too, so here’s some good news from good data

I just realized while reading through another White Paper on COVID how anybody with opposable thumbs can write and/or say anything they want to say about anything. It’s true and if you want proof; count the number of times you hear someone say “Just Google it” in the next 7 days. Why? The phrase has…

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The Impact of an Aging Population on the Med Device Space

I’m in the +65-age category and, if you’re like me, you are tired of hearing anecdotes. Here are some facts. There are roughly 331,000,000 US residents today 1 and nearly 17% of those are 65 years of age or older. This segment of the population is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 3.1%…

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Validation & Verification are never a lost art

One of my favorite sources for Technical Data specifically related to Quality is Master Control. They are prolific but their stuff is always good, very timely, and applicable to anyone in the Device world. Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about the two V’s, Validation and Verification, and if I’m hearing a lot about it…

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Our Industry – How will Med Device Change?

I have to open with a disclaimer: I’m an old manufacturing guy. I’ve always been a strong supporter of US manufacturing and strongly criticized the risks of letting others make “our stuff”. Through the years, we have heard from several of our President’s about the shift to a ‘Global’ economy and how we were ‘heading…

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A light at the end of the tunnel

Americans and American business’ now wander a landscape that changes on an hour to hour basis and we’d all like to know what the next step looks like. But none of us knows where we’re headed because we’ve never been here before. What we do know is there will be a light at the end…

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Have you considered COL?

Many candidates will consider relocation which is fantastic and opens a lot of options for them to find the ideal new next opportunity! One of the first things we discuss is Cost of Living (COL) and Salary Expectations, particularly if a high COL is on either end of the decision. If they’re thinking about a…

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It’s all about the relationship

Recruiting can make you weary, but once in a while, a client or candidate or both will surprise you – making you feel good about the business you’re in; and putting a smile in your heart.  This story has nothing to do with a fee but everything to do with a candidate that really wanted…

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Too many Economists make the economy too complicated

In my lifetime, finding someone to talk about the economy in simple language has not been easy.   Their economic indicators often feel like a euphemism for “we don’t know what we’re talking about”; their acronyms more complicated than a radar chart; and their inability to say anything good, frustrating.    Not so with the folks…

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INSIGHT – Is Change Inevitable?

It’s a new year, a new decade even, and as sure as I’m sitting here writing this little ditty you can be sure … THINGS WILL CHANGE. The Promise No, I can’t promise you what will change. e.g. I can’t promise you the price per ounce of gold will go up the nearly 300% it…

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Insight: Lean – Is it necessary for Continuous Improvement or a Situational Imperative?

Life plays funny tricks on us; 24 hours ago, I would never have used the phrase “Situational Imperative” and today I’m parroting its use from an article I just read (the link is below).  The definition says that you select situations you know you’ll encounter and that you HAVE to respond to them in a…

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Insight: Is Data Still a Watchword?

Early in my career I would never have used “Data Analytics” (DA) in the same phrase, probably not even in the same sentence and perhaps not even on the same piece of paper!  Yet for the last 20+ years of my life, those words appear together ubiquitously.  Just 2 days ago, I was catching-up with…

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INSIGHT: Does your Risk Management still lead to Unthinkable Consequences?

When you’ve been around manufacturing as long as I have, it’s inevitable to have moments when you wonder whether the latest “thing” is nothing more than a shell game.  I remember in the mid-90’s when Six Sigma and its various belt levels was all the rage.  One of my best contacts at one of our…

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Insight Feb: Success in the Interview

Recently we had an engineer interview for a position he was highly qualified for because of his unique skill-set.  We worked with the client to help them quickly get from the candidate what they needed to ensure the technical criteria and let them focus on the cultural needs.  We prepared the candidate on the process…

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INSIGHT: Living in a Closet (stay with me on this one)

I sometimes feel as though the whole age and wisdom thing has been lost on me. It makes me wonder if I’m suffering from “too much change in too short a period of time”, or what Alvin & Heidi Toffler called “Future Shock”.  I mean, really, the volume of information I have to handle in…

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INSIGHT: Are you after Improvement or simply trying to Solve a Problem?

Whether the subject is Lean or Six Sigma, what I’ve seen in my manufacturing career is that too often we seek out continuous improvement expertise for all the wrong reasons.  I just read an excellent article on Lean that should be required reading for everyone in manufacturing from the shop floor to the executive level….

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Insight: Evo or Revo? The $64,000 question

After nearly 30 years in and around the Medical Device space, I’ve seen success defined by both Evolutionary and Revolutionary products.  Both come with their own specialized set of risks – Evolutionary is generally an easier Regulatory pathway but can easily be mistaken as a “me too” product which makes gaining the attention of investors…

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Insight: Time Management – Who manages whom?

As a manager in a manufacturing environment, any time the subject of multi-tasking/project management/time management came up; I looked like a flirtatious Peacock’s tail.  I mean, if you wanted to know whether I had it together, all you had to do was ask me.  (Make a coughing noise while saying BS at this point.) But…

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Insight: “People are our most important asset!”

How many times have you heard someone say this?  Have you, like me, heard it so often it’s starting to feel like a euphemism but you can’t figure out what it’s a euphemism for? We really do try to focus this segment on more technical subjects but in our most important relationships, HR is a…

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Insight: The conundrum of how systems interact

I’ve been in the Medical Device business for a lot of years and every day is a learning experience.  Many years ago, I was on a trip with a major client headed to another Contract Manufacturer (that was the business I was in at the time) who was to become a shared supplier.  The shop…

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