Does good luck or good intelligence drive a successful supplier tooling transfer?

A typical medical device OEM owns 50 to 500 off-site tools that run constantly, with suppliers that run the gamut from a two-man shop to a top tier multinational molder. These tools get regular routine maintenance, however now they've got upwards of a million cycles on them, (like a car with 300,000 miles), and longevity and risk come into the equation.

So how do you mitigate risk when you want a new supplier to run "used" tooling?

No doubt you've taken into account all the tangible benefits—lower part costs, closer proximity to supplier, improved part quality, JIT control, lower inventory and shipping costs, IP protection etc—all very compelling reasons to move your tooling. ...

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