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A leading medical diagnostic OEM came to us with a big problem and a significant opportunity. Their Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) table, used during Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to support and transfer a patient, had been in development overseas for 2 years without a functional prototype. After bringing the program back to US headquarters, the customer was still behind schedule on the project. They faced an urgent time table to prevent loss of orders and market share.

Mid-Continent was asked to bid on the development/design-assist of the NMR Table project because of our demonstrated expertise with high level assemblies. Our proposal to dedicate engineering, prototype and product development teams delivered the best value proposition for the customer and we were awarded the contract. It was “game on” to reposition the project and renew confidence in the program.

The Solution

From a design and manufacturing perspective, the NMR table was an electro-mechanical, multi-axis complex assembly. Understanding the time constraints, skillful project management, effective communication, teamwork and flexibility were essential. These additional steps were critical to the success of the program.

  • Dedicated an engineering project manager and team
  • Collocated with the customer for maximum collaboration
  • Established a plan which focused on concurrent design and prototype development activity
  • Dedicated specific project resources—machines, labor and floor space
  • Teamed with the customer to establish and build the supply chain
  • Determined final functional test parameters for assembly
  • Designed and manufactured automated test equipment
The Result

Mid-Continent met all key milestones of the project including design, prototype, pre-production, production, and transfer of manufacturing to the customer’s plant in India for full run production.

  • Functional prototypes were delivered on time, 4 months after project startup
  • Functional design with on time delivery allow customer to meet marketing goals
  • Accurate costs projections
  • Final product fully tested, operational, and delivered to customer installation site