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How can we justify it? The last time I checked, manufacturing pretty much stopped in the UK ages ago. But somehow, we still manage to justify something as being made here. How, and what value does our geographical location bring?   Advancements in technology have bought more people together and laid many misconceptions to rest. Language barriers are no longer an issue due to better education and technology. As a result, more companies have started to offer surgical instruments at cheaper rates, which sounds like great news - but if price is the most important thing, what is the trade-off?We as...

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https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/medical-devices/our-services/iso-13485/
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The process outlined below gives us an idea as to what is involved in the design and manufacturing of Class I Medical Devices, namely Surgical Instruments, all of which is work mainly done by hand. Initial designFor the design of new items, this stage is where samples are drawn by hand or on a computer, which may require the consultation of surgeons, nurses, decontamination leads, engineers, techs, craftsmen, distributors and/or sales people.PrototypeA 3D model of the item is created by hand or computer, taking anywhere between a few hours, to a few months depending on the complexity and its requirements.Raw material selectionStainless steel...

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