Re: Thoughts on 'Remanufacturing Medical Devices'
10/08/20 12:54 PM
Thanks very much for your comments Geoff.
My thesis actually focuses on the larger Remanufacturing research discipline (automotive, electronic, marine transport etc.) with a bid to understanding user perception and factors. (Since most of my research work are not yet published I won’t be sharing much details). However, I will keep your suggestion in mind for future research. I will also reach out to you personally, to learn more about "Practical Methods of Prolonging (or Extending) the Useful Life of Medical Equipment".
About my research on medical devices
I had thought (one way or the other) that medical devices could be a really good product area to improve, especially when it comes to preparing used devices for charity donations to less-resourced regions. Another application could be in other climes (such as the USA) where refurbished/remanufactured medical devices are somewhat accepted. However, From my interviews and meetings with a number of experts in the NHS, it is clear that there is little (if any) tolerance for the use of refurbished medical devices in the U.K.
We would seek to work with OEMs to see how we can improve their refurbishment process towards achieving the aims of Remanufacturing (full warranty and liabilities, quality and performance similar to new, post sales services).
Research is a never ending process which is why we always appreciate the support of seasoned experts such as you, to help us achieve our aims and make the world a better place 😁.