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.

Posted by: Frigz | November 18, 2016

Recent changes in Dr. Frigz International

Dr. Frigz International was established in 1980 by Mian Muhammad Riaz as a sole proprietorship. The company later converted to a partnership before finally becoming a private limited company. Mr. Riaz used to work in the income tax department but then sold his parental lands to gather enough investment to start the surgical busienss. His efforts were rewarded swiftly and the business grew because of its reputation for reliability and competitiveness.

As the business grew, Mian Muhamamd Riaz who trained all the directors and employees, he is the one who dealt with customers and he is the one who setup foreign offices in Germany and Japan for the company. Besides his leadership of Dr. Frigz International,  he is also the founder chairman of Sialkot International Airport, Ex-President of the Chamber of commerce of Sialkot, and has held various positions over the years including Minister of task force for Industrial development but most of all he is the founder and current CEO of the company Dr. Frigz International.

Over the past few months, Dr. Frigz International has gone through a transformation and few of the directors that represented a minority share have parted and started their own company under the name of ‘Frigz Medical Instruments’. These departing directors no longer hold any position at Dr. Frigz International and do not represent the brand any more.

Departing directors consisted of Muhammad Tufail (5% shareholding and responsible for raw material purchasing in Dr. Frigz ), Hassan Tufail (5% Inherited shareholding with no experience in Dr. Frigz International), Bilal Faiz (10% Inherited shareholding with no experience in Dr. Frigz International) and Kashif Faiz (10% Inherited Shareholding with experience of Packing department in Dr. Frigz). The departing of these directors does not negatively affect the operations of Dr. Frigz International. In fact, two of the departing directors had no experience or part in the day to day operations of company.

Even though they have opted to use the ‘Frigz’ name for their company, we want to ensure our customers that the registered trademark of Dr. Frigz International and the ‘Frigz’ brand and logo are the property Dr. Frigz International alone. The name Dr. Frigz comprises the name of the original directors of the company and you can learn more about our name through our previous post ‘who is dr. frigz?

Dr. Frigz International currently has one subsidiary by the name of ‘Dr. Frigz Electrosurgical Instruments’. This company specializes in the manufacturing of high frequency electro surgical instruments and you can learn more about this company from www.drfrigz.com

Needless to say here that Dr. Frigz International will continue to provide its customers with excellent quality and reliable cooperation. The company employs more than a thousand workers in the form of salaried employees or contractors and manufactures millions of instruments that help save thousands of lives each year.

The Dr. Frigz International team comprises of : Mian Muhammad Riaz (Founder CEO, 40+ years of manufacturing experience), and Directors; Muhammad Daud Sair (LLB High Court Lawyer and 35 years of manufacturing experience), Muhammad Rehan (MBA, University of Michigan with 10+ years of manufacturing and management experience), Usman Daud Sair (MBA, University of Wisconsin with 10+ years of manufacturing and management experience), Ali Daud Sair (MBA, University of Central Punjab with 3+ years of manufacturing experience), Hamza Daud Sair (Engineer with 3+ years of manufacturing experience), and Muhammad Farhan Riaz (Mechanial Engineer, Ryerson University with 1.5 years of experience).

Besides the qualified and multi year experienced directors, the company also employs dozens of professional managers, supervisors and technicians to ensure that communication, documentation, planning, and of course manufacturing are up to the highest international standards.

The future of Dr. Frigz International is secure, bright and exiciting.

In the meanwhile, we invite you to visit our company or at least enjoy the video tour of our manufacturing facility linked below.

Video Tour of Dr. Frigz International

Posted by: Frigz | September 28, 2012

Quality & Repeatability

In order to maintain high quality and repeatability for our products, we strive to perform all production processes in -house. And while there are hundreds of sub-processes and tasks that go into the manufacturing of our surgical instruments, following is a list of major processes that we perform in house.

Items ready for Heat Treatment at Frigz

  1. Shear & Press Work (we import our own steel from Japan)
  2. Die/Mold Making
  3. Hot Forging
  4. Surface Treatment
  5. Annealing
  6. Machining (CNC, Lathes, Milling, etc)
  7. Filing
  8. Vacuum Heat Treatment
  9. Electro Polishing
  10. Grinding & Polishing
  11. Ultrasonic Cleaning
  12. Functional Setting and Testing
  13. Passivation
  14. Color coatings (Gold, Black, Titanium)
  15. Diamond Dust coatings (For Diamond Dusted Instruments)
  16. Tungsten Carbide Insertion (For TC Instruments)
  17. Special Preparation of Scissors blades (Razor edge, super cut edge, TC, & TC Super Cut)
  18. Powder coating (for Electrosurgical Instruments)
  19. Injection Moulding (for Electrosurgical Instruments)
  20. Clean Room Packing
  21. Sterilization
  22. Quality Control Testing
  23. Laser & Electro-Chemical etching
  24. Packing & Shipping

Each of the above processes comes with its own parameters which have to be tailored to the needs of each item in production and customer’s requests. The above list gives you a brief idea of what goes on behind making a quality product in our company. Making a surgical instrument is tough enough, making it in good quality is painstakingly tougher. And even though we make great disposable instruments, our main strength lies with manufacturing the best quality reusable instruments.

Posted by: Frigz | September 14, 2012

The Challenge of Information Management in Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a challenging field. At any given time there are hundreds (if not thousands) of things that might go wrong, stop working, or (simply put) go crazy. Manufacturing of surgical instruments is even more difficult because of the sheer load of information that comes with product variations, production stages, and the item-specific parameters that have to be controlled with each lot.

Without a strong information management and control system you can simply forget about managing thousands of instruments running under tens of thousands of lots within the factory. The inventory levels, production parameters, customizations, delivery schedules, costs, and tracking customer orders are amongst few of the things which are absolutely necessary for any production firm.

The ISO and cGMP standards also place give due weight to the importance of having a strong information infrastructure in place for any good manufacturing firm. At Frigz, we had to develop a custom made ERP system so that the challenging task of planning, production, and decision making can be done in the shortest while possible. Our system allows us to link sales with production and QMS, HR, Finances, and everything in between.

The vast number of data entring our systems throughout the day entail that proper backup solutions are set in place so no data is ever lost and in fact readily available at the push of a button. All this effort and investment provides a solid foundation for handling any size of business; big or small, from our customers. We know exactly where each item is, which raw material was used to make it, what were the customer’s feedback regarding it in the previous shipments and which employees worked on it.

Imagine having to manage 4000 different instruments at any given time. Imagine having to control their processes and parameters where our average instrument has about 30 processes from forging to shipment. Imagine keeping all this information up to date at all the time and then having it available for effective decision making, for auditing, and for customers. Imagine the time and effort to put such a system in place so that our customers can have quick service and proper information at the time they need it. Our ERP system is one of our greatest strengths in management at Frigz and one of the biggest resource to our customers.

Posted by: Frigz | August 28, 2012

The cool thing about passivation

If you remember our previous post we mentioned that stainless steel (S.S) is not completely corrosion free and that it should be more rightly called stain-resistant than stain-less. We also mentioned that the corrosion resisting power of S.S can be increased by doing passivation process.

well, what is passivation process anyways?

Passivation is a chemical process that creates a protective layer on the instrument using organic acid (such as nitric or citric) that make the surface less reactive to corrosion causing agents. The cool thing is that this layer is highly resistant and continues to buildup even after the actual passivation process is completed. In fact, given proper reprocessing techniques, the protective layer continues to build up until the end of an instrument’s life. This means that S.S exhibits human-like self healing ability that can help steel remain stain resistant.

For more information and technical description, you can download the ASTM standard that covers this area of manufacturing.

Posted by: Frigz | August 19, 2012

Eid Greetings

 

We would like to wish everyone a very fulfilling and joyous Eid.

Please note that the factory will be closed from August 20th to August 26th, 2012. Work will resume on August 27th.

 

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