Author: Nick Shelley

Nick Shelley is a consultant with over 30 years of experience, who advises on all aspects of manufacturing, including design, materials, processes, work flow and engineering.

Assessing your manufacturing operations – from the customer perspective

A lot of consultants will audit your company and come up with a long list of opportunities for improvements, and if you follow their advice you will conceivably make your manufacturing operations very much more efficient. You might also end up

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Customer Supplier Partnerships – a collaborative relationship

Once upon a time I was asked to set out a strategy for improving supply chain management with the objective to reduce our reliance on some key suppliers whose products were considered to be of such a specialised nature as

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New product start ups: deciding between employing full resources or working with a manufacturing, engineering and design specialist

I have worked closely with start up companies for a number of years. There are really only three vital elements to a successful start up. One is access to funding by either using your own money or cash sought through

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Is the patent process still worth it?
Protecting your IP – Part 1

Invent something clever and potentially lucrative then protect it via a patent. This was the time honoured way, and is still usually the only way to safeguard your idea, to stop someone else from benefiting from it. But things are

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How to justify optimism in your medical device invention

“If you really want to do it then go for it.” That’s a statement I have heard more than a few times from my teenage children or from one of their friends.  The ensuing ‘ can do’ optimism followed by

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How to build manufacturing into your medical device designs

“If medical companies want to continue to make money as prices face continued pressure , their only option is to take cost out.’’ This comment is from the head of procurement of a major UK healthcare provider. Everywhere in the

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Who we are:

OpenWater is Nick Shelley and Liz Streeter. With a combined experience of over 50 years in medical device manufacture, we help companies succeed by offering specialist knowledge and expertise to get their products to market. Working hands on with our clients, we get actively involved in the manufacturing process for the best possible results. Very aware of changing markets and world medical device price pressures, we understand the need to combine innovation with responsible manufacturing, regulatory costs and long-term efficiency.

Nick Shelley

medical device consultantManufacturing Consultant Nick Shelley advises on all aspects of design, materials, machinery, tooling, processes, factory layout, work flow, and value engineering. He has been working in these areas for over 30 years.

Tel: 0044 (0)7704 426371
Email: nickshelley@openwater.uk.com
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Liz Streeter

quality assurance consultantQuality Assurance/ Regulatory Affairs Consultant Liz Streeter builds operational systems and frameworks, and advises on manufacturing, testing and streamlining - all with a mind to meeting business goals. She has extensive experience installing quality systems to ISO 13485 and ISO 9001, working with both European CE marking regulations and FDA requirements.

Tel: 0044 (0) 7778 317806
Email: lizstreeter@openwater.uk.com
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