Posted by: Frigz | February 5, 2017

Inspection Criteria

Most surgical instruments go through dozens of processes before they are considered completed. Broadly speaking there are three major inspection categories that are followed at different inspection points.screen-shot-2017-01-21-at-3-09-07-pm

  1. Technical Drawing: This document lists all the various dimensions of the instruments, its material specification, and also provides an actual (or scaled) drawing of the instrument. This drawing is used in various productions processes to ensure that the shape, angle, and dimensions of the instruments are as per the customer requirement. 
  2. Functionality Testing: This ensures that an instruments performs the intended function. A scissors might be 100% as per dimensions of the technical drawing but might not cut at all. There are different ways to do functional testings for different instruments. Examples include cutting fabrics for scissors, and grasping threads for needle holders. This testing is also done on various stages of the production process.
  3. Aesthetics & Feel: This testing ensures that the instruments is beautiful to look at and comfortable to operate. Surface finishing tests (such as boil tests) and subjective visual and operative inspection are the basic criteria for this kind of inspection. The surface of the instrument should be free of rust, cracks, should not be sharp at edges, etc are some of the things that fall under this scrutiny.

These three broad categories can each be divided into many sub categories of inspection depending upon the product and production process. Quality inspection is a mixture of science and art and Dr. Frigz International is world renowned for producing best surgical instruments.

Posted by: Frigz | January 30, 2017

Difference between Single Use & Reusable Instruments

One of the most common questions we hear from our visitors is regarding the difference between single use (or disposable) and reusable instrument.

Simply put, single use instruments are made of lower quality (aka Pakistani Steel) and reusable instruments are made of better quality (Japanese, French, or German) Steel.

Besides the main difference of steel quality, when making single use instruments, the raw materials used at different production processes are also of lower quality and some processes like passivation are not done at all. Skipping these processes and using cheaper raw material is acceptable because in these cases the instruments will only be used once after sterilization, and the customer is extremely price sensitive.
However,  single use instruments of Dr. Frigz International are better than the reusable instruments of many companies. This is because even in our disposable (Pakistani Steel) instruments, we apply the same quality inspection criteria as in the reusable line and do not compromise on cheaper quality consumables. So even though we may not export millions of single use instruments per month but the hundreds of thousands that we do export are the absolute top of the line and a source of pride for us.

When it comes to reusable instruments, the instrument must face repeated sterilization cycles. Thus it is necessary to manufacture it in the best possible manner with the best possible materials so that it can endure the test of time and performance. Reusable instruments are more expensive than single use and are manufactured in smaller batches.

Typically, there are only about 150 different kinds of single use instruments but their order quantities will be in millions per year. On the contrary, reusable instruments are in many thousands of types but their yearly order quantity might be sporadic and less than single use instruments.

 

Posted by: Frigz | January 25, 2017

Instrument that looks like a mic

I was walking through the production office and saw these instruments that had come for inspection. In first glance they looked like Stainless Steel mics you would typically see at a concert. However, look a little longer and you would realize that they are actually a medical device used in the gynecology department.

This instrument is called Weissbarth and it is used (probably) in an abortion related procedure. It comes in two forms; detachable and fixed strainer. It is a very technical instrument to manufacture and inspect because of the novel contours, the requirement of being non-sharp,  and the uniformity of the strainer.

Dr. Frigz International manufacturers more than ten thousands different kinds of instruments for general and specialized surgeries. There are four catalogs that cover this huge range of instruments. These catalogs include i) General Surgery (ii) Dental (iii) Electrosurgical and (iv) veterinary. For more information send us an email or use the contact us form on our website.

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Posted by: Frigz | January 20, 2017

Academia-Industry Links

Dr. Frigz International enjoys various Industry-academia linkages with National and International universities including;

National University of Science & Technology (NUST) (Islamabad, Pakistan): Dr. Frigz has initiated various micro automation processes to help improve consistency in quality production.

University of Gujrat (Gujrat, Pakistan): A memorandum of understanding had been signed a few years ago under which the university and company exchange mutually beneficial information and provide a platform for development for both its members.

GIFT University (Gujranwala, Pakistan): Various projects have been conducted by MBA students in regards to management systems development. Moreover, one of the directors of the company; Muhammad Rehan Riaz, has also been honored as a guest lecturer on topic of ‘Strategic Marketing’.


George Mason University
(VA, USA): Muhammad Rehan Riaz (Director, Dr. Frigz) was selected among the top 20 prominent alumni for the year 2014 because of his achievements in various businesses. More information on this can be found on the university website linked here.

The management of Dr. Frigz International also affiliates in form of membership with professional bodies including ACCA, ICAEW and Pakistan Institute of Quality Control (PIQC).

Besides these, Dr. Frigz International is also in contact with Ryerson University (ON, Canada), University of Michigan (MI, USA) and various local schools in the community. These linkages help the company stay up to date with latest academic-industry news and also allow a platform for the next generation to learn and grow.

 

 

Posted by: Frigz | January 20, 2017

UOG Project on Dr. Frigz International

Dr. Frigz International has been the subject of many studies and university projects in the Past. There are many lessons a student of business, an aspiring entrepreneur or even an experienced professional can learn from the decades of history of the company. The most recent example of this study came in the form of a group project completed by the ‘Masters’ students of the University of Gujrat (UOG) (Sialkot Campus).

The group analyzed and presented the critical factors that led to the success of Dr. Frigz International in the global healthcare industry.  For preparation of this project, the group interviewed various personnel and were allowed unhinged access to the production areas and management systems of the company.  We were later informed that the group received the highest marks among other projects….so congratulations on that.

A few glimpses of their presentation can be seen below.

 

We appreciate the management, the staff, the teachers, and the students that considered Dr. Frigz International as a company worthy of being selected for the Masters Level Project for the students of university of Gujrat.

 

 

 

Posted by: Frigz | November 20, 2016

The Vast Network of Life

 

Iron ore is mined.

Stainless Steel is made.

Forging is made.

Instrument is machined.

Dimensions are checked.

Grinding and Polishing is done on the instrument.

Functionality is checked.

Instrument is laser etched, packed and ready for shipment.

Truck is loaded and taken to the sea port.

Ship sails for 30 days across the ocean and brings to its destination.

Shipment is delivered to distributor.

Distributor open the instrument, sends it for sterilization.

Sterilized instrument is delivered to Hospital.

An unfortunate accident takes place.

The victim is brought to the Hospital’s emergency room.

Instrument is required to close the wound.

Dr. Frigz International’s instrument is handed over to the doctor.

Wound is closed perfectly.

A life is saved.

 

Every one matters. From the miner of iron ore, to the master forger who made the first forgings, to the truck driver who drove to the sea port, and to the doctor who used the instrument. All lives are sacred, all hard work is rewarded. And we realize that our instrument help save thousands of lives each year.

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