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Research Studies

Cambashi conducts an array of research about industry, market, and technology issues. Many of our research projects are proprietary to a particular client. Naturally we protect that information carefully as client-confidential.

 

We also develop research projects designed to inform and educate the industry. For these, Cambashi works in conjunction with our partners to conduct research on an array of topics. These studies are typically funded by the sponsorship of multiple Cambashi clients. This model allows us to offer industry practitioners opportunities at no cost to participate in a study and also to download the resulting research reports.

 

Accessing published Research Studies requires registration. The web site will remember you during this session, so if you would like to download more than one document, please consider doing so during your current visit to our site. We will never divulge your contact information beyond Cambashi. 

 

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Primary research can only exist when people participate. Our on-line surveys are totally anonymous and secure, and generally take less than 20 minutes to complete. As a respondent, you’ll be the first to receive a copy of the report about the study to which you contribute.

 

We will never divulge your contact information beyond our research team. No one learns unless everyone participates!

 

We request that you participate in our research panels, as shown below.  If none of these match your industry and scope of responsibility, Contact Us with and include your interests and industry and we’ll invite you in the future when the next relevant survey is available for participation.

 

To suggest a survey topic not listed here, please Contact Us.  We invite everyone to contribute ideas on what research might help you do your job better.   Whether you are a solution provider or an industry practitioner or another interested party, please let us know where you see a need for unbiased research-based industry information.

Past Studies

Summary Report - Beyond Tradeoffs in Medical Device Manufacturing: Balancing Innovation, Quality and Compliance While Improving Profit July 2012

Cambashi conducted research in Spring 2012 that aimed to better understand the best practices Medical Device industry leaders use to improve margins as they grow. The study found that most companies in the medical device industry are growing, but only a quarter have managed to both grow and make major improvements in business performance. The companies that did both, defined as “Advancers,” are more likely to be accelerating their pace of innovation plus are twice as likely to have made major improvements on key quality metrics such as audit results, complaints, adverse events and supplier quality.

 

The study is based on over 120 responses from individuals in medical device manufacturers or their direct materials suppliers. The study focused on the challenges Medical Device manufacturers face in seeking to not only grow but also to increase quality and financial performance in the face of complex and changing regulatory requirements. This on-line survey covered respondents’ current situation, challenges and approaches for improvement as well as performance improvement accomplishments. Questions also asked about processes, suppliers, software technologies, information flows and strategic actions to support reliable, safe and high quality medical device manufacturing through the global supply chain and the product lifecycle. In addition to the on-line survey, some Advancers were interviewed by telephone and their insights are quoted in the comprehensive report.

Webcast - Pursuit of Performance Excellence: Business Success through Effective Plant Operations Metrics February 2012
In this Webcast, Lead Researcher Julie Fraser revealed a subset of key findings from the research study Pursuit of Performance Excellence.  Guest speakers included manufacturing executives from both batch process and discrete industries who shared their experiences and best practices for pursuing performance excellence in day-to-day operations.  Based on over 300 responses from individuals in manufacturing and production companies around the world, the results of the study will provide valuable benchmarking data from your peers, while offering specific tactics and best practices you can implement right away to improve profitability.   In the webcast, speakers discuss which performance metrics and practices in the plant allow operators, technicians, supervisors and plant personnel to make a positive impact on financial results.
Summary Report - Pursuit of Performance Excellence: Business Success through Effective Plant Operations Metrics February 2012

In the fall of 2011, Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International and industry analyst and consulting firm Cambashi launched new research correlating business success to effective plant operations metrics. 

 

This new study, Pursuit of Performance Excellence, is the third in the series, and past studies from Cambashi and MESA include Metrics that Matter Revisited and Correlating Plant Performance to Business Performance, available to Premium MESA Members (www.mesa.org).  

 

The Summary Report is available for download here, and the Comprehensive Report is available to Premium MESA Members, or by contacting us or one of the sponsors.  The Comprehensive Report has extensive charts and graphs to illustrate findings, along with quotes from Industry Leaders who participated in telephone interviews.  It also offers best practice advice on crafting an effective performance metrics program. 

 

Over the course of the study, our quantitative and qualitative surveys gathered data from producers and manufacturers in companies that allow sharing of actual performance metrics under strict non-disclosure. This participation lead to industry views of performance targets and a platform from which to develop a maturity model to drive increased performance, as well as other tools such as dashboard frameworks and ROI models.

 

Cambashi's Julie Fraser was the Lead Study researcher, and co-chairs the Metrics Working group for Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International.
MESA Metrics Research: Correlating Plant Performance to Business Performance June 2010
Cambashi's Julie Fraser co-chairs the Metrics Working group for Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International, and we recently published Metrics that Matter Revisited (see past studies below) and Correlating Plant Performance to Business Performance, available to Premium MESA Members (www.mesa.org).  Over the course of 2010 and beyond, MESA and our research team will be continuing to gather data and using our findings to update the MESA Metrics Guidebook and to create new deliverables.  We are particularly interested in companies willing to share actual performance metrics under strict non-disclosure in the follow-on surveys. This participation will lead to industry views of performance targets and a platform from which to develop a maturity model to drive increased performance, as well as other tools such as dashboard frameworks and ROI models.
Metrics that Matter Revisited February 2010
Cambashi recently conducted research on behalf of Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International about the role that plant operations play in the effort to improve business performance.  The good news: some production companies actually improved their financial performance in the past few years.  This brief report, Metrics that Matter Revisited, gives you a view into what they are doing differently, and a starting point for your efforts to join them.  It also highlights a few of the data points gathered in the full report, Correlating Plant Performance to Business Performance.  View a video overview presentation of the study. The full report is available to Premium MESA Members (www.mesa.org) and directly from our team at our discretion.
Total Product Lifecycle Management for Medical Devices: Lowering Costs While Increasing Quality June 2009
Key Finding: Despite a total product lifecycle (TPLC) initiative by more than half of respondents, most medical device companies have not shifted processes and systems to a TPLC approach.
Supply Chain Transformation June 2008
This report illustrates the complexity and pressure of today’s supply chains, and survey data shows that collaborative processes and software are not adequate in many companies to support improvement. Moreover, companies are not measuring performance in ways that help business and financial executives.
Risk Management: Best Practices for Medical Device Profitability June 2008
Key Finding: Companies that have experienced growth in both revenues and profits over the past three years show a marked difference in understanding customers, collaboration and software use.
Metrics that Matter October 2006
Metrics matter in business performance.  The better the company’s system for metrics, the more their operations performance improves, and the more their business and financial performance improves.