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Outsourcing Booms in Medical Manufacturing

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Medical yes, military no
Ann R. Thryft   6/26/2013 1:53:10 PM
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COTS is definitely a two-edged sword. You're right about the cost savings. But it's also true that the idea of using Microsoft Windows for critical DoD platforms, let alone the Global Information Grid, left a lot of people scratching their heads. Some things should NOT be open platform.

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Re: Medical yes, military no
Rob Spiegel   6/26/2013 1:25:47 PM
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I think the move to COTS was a good idea in most applications. It helped end -- or curtail -- the $700 hammer and the Golden Fleece awards.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Medical yes, military no
Ann R. Thryft   6/26/2013 12:36:13 PM
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You're right, Rob, there are such regulations. But there also used to be regulations, or just habits, against using open-platform software & hardware, and those got overturned when COTS was born.

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Re: Outsourced to Europe and North America
Rob Spiegel   6/25/2013 11:21:56 PM
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Yes, Asia was certainly the largest wave. As well as PCs, it was everything electronic.

But, as Bob Dylan said, "Things have changed."

In the first quarter of 2013, after a number of years, North America again became the worlds laregest manufacturer, passing China.

 

Charles Murray
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Outsourced to Europe and North America
Charles Murray   6/25/2013 8:00:14 PM
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It's intersting to note that the majority of the outsourcing goes to North America and Europe. My immediate reaction when I hear the word "oursourcing" is Asia, because so much of the PC industry's work is done in Asia.

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Re: Medical yes, military no
Rob Spiegel   6/25/2013 7:56:42 PM
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Ann, I think there are regulations preventing outsourcing of military devices. As for medical, I also am not surprised, espeically knowing that that the U.S. has a very robust EMS industry.

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Medical yes, military no
Ann R. Thryft   6/25/2013 3:18:05 PM
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Thanks for this report, Rob. It sure makes sense that neither one of these industries wanted to outsource manufacturing, especially not to offshore it. I'd be very surprised if the defense industry ever went for that. But I'm not totally surprised about medical devices, given their growing electronics content: that makes a lot of sense.

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