Arena Blog

How Apical Instruments Streamlined and Improved Design Controls

In an industry as highly regulated as medical devices, having all information about the design and production process of each product in one place is more than a nice-to-have. Using a single system to manage the product, quality, and design controls is key to delivering a safe and effective product on time. […]

Jun 25, 2019

3 Keys to Product Development and Supply Chain Success

If you’ve ever wished for better methods of managing your product’s lifecycle other than manual processes and silos of data, you’re not alone. My clients frequently express this concern to me. That’s why I’m glad I found Cloud PLM (product lifecycle management) years ago and have been able to help […]

Jun 11, 2019

ITAR and EAR Compliance and Modern Product Development (Part III)

In Part I of this series, we concluded that a secure government-grade Cloud PLM provides a better shared responsibility model as well as an enabling platform for doing the work of product development. In Part II, we reviewed the intricacies of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) as they […]

May 24, 2019

ITAR and EAR Compliance and Modern Product Development (Part II)

In Part I of this series, we outlined the difficulties you, as a high tech electronics manufacturer, can face when participating in the defense market. Your products may be subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or Export Administration Regulations (EAR), dictating tight control over all regulated technical data. […]

May 9, 2019

How IoT is transforming product processes

The complex, connected devices at the heart of the Internet of Things create the need for greater control and interoperability between highly dispersed teams and supply chains. So, where do you start?Well, a clear set of requirements are critical in the beginning and throughout the new product introduction (NPI) process […]

May 2, 2019

ITAR and EAR Compliance and Modern Product Development (Part I)

As a high tech electronics manufacturer, you have your hands full developing and producing today’s complex products—a mix of sophisticated electrical, mechanical, and software elements. If you participate in the defense market, you may also be subject to strict federal regulations governing at least some of your product data and […]

Apr 22, 2019

Robotics and Spreadsheets: A Dangerous Combination

As it turns out, replacing humans is no simple task—just ask anyone in the robotics field. Robots designed to do relatively simple tasks like taking inventory in a supermarket are incredibly complex, involving thousands or tens of thousands of electrical and mechanical parts, as well as software components. In addition […]

Apr 10, 2019

Why Quality Teams Should Get Connected with Product Development

IntroductionQuality teams often think of their role as different and separate from product development. However, in today’s increasingly complex medical device market, a product-centric approach to quality management is fundamental to delivering high-quality devices.Next-level proactive quality management processes requires a closer connection between product development and quality teams to address […]

Mar 27, 2019