Becoming a Best-in-Class Global Manufacturing Company

Becoming a Best-in-Class Global Manufacturing Company

7 Feb 20183 min readMike Anderson
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As a global manufacturing company in the medical industry, ATL is focused on adhering to governmental regulations while maintaining compliance with additional industry requirements. The cost of quality for any global manufacturer in the medical industry is significantly higher than manufacturers of similar products in other industries.

Given ATL’s costs associated with producing at the highest level of quality come at a price, ATL goes above and beyond to maintain Best-in-Class practices through implementing company-wide objectives like Focus on Quality, Global Training, and Innovation to achieve the best possible performance and outcomes for our partners.

How do we continually improve our Focus on Quality, Global Training and Innovation?

Focus on Quality

A quality product doesn’t happen by chance. ATL’s holistic perspective on quality starts at the origins of each project and is carried through until the customer is satisfied and the device functions perfectly during the procedure.

Everyone who has managed and maintained a Quality Management System (QMS) that generates results within one facility knows it is an extremely tasking undertaking. Maintaining a QMS in three manufacturing facilities, spread across three different countries, is magnified at least three times.

ATL is very proud of our Quality team, the excellence with which our Quality team is managed, and the global team perspective that; “Quality Begins with ME”. A message that is reiterated on a constant basis throughout all departments in the company.


There are several innovative practices performed within ATL to maintain or pursue Best-in-Class practices, one of these practices that ATL’s performs on a consistent basis is global training.

A recent example of ATL’s ongoing effort to support best-in-class operations was exemplified when in the first quarter of 2017 ATL’s Chief Technology Officer, John Holloway, and ATL’s Director of Medical Sales, Mike Anderson, performed multiple training sessions over the course of two weeks at our facility in Dongguan, China.

Through the training sessions, the goal is not only to help everyone involved in the manufacturing process understand why the device is constructed the way that it is, but also help each person understand how the device is used and how each team member’s efforts ultimately benefit another human being.


ATL is dependent on our partners incorporating our interconnect solutions, connectors and other manufacturing innovations. In previous post’s we’ve shared ATL’s innovations in our MP1 and MP2 connectors and the innovations, we’ve generated in the use limiting category of interconnect systems.

Additional innovations that are currently being worked on and we look forward to sharing as they become disclosable include touch-proof connectors, modular connectors, high-pin/high-density connectors.

ATL’s AKURA® Series 1 Interconnect System with RFID use-limiting technology.

We operate in an evolving market, the requirement for continuous improvement is more important today than ever before. ATL is committed to a balanced approach of working on the current design requirements, as well as dedicating time to future innovations, conceptualization, and result oriented designs.

ATL’s global approach to Quality, Training, and Innovation along with the incorporation of our core values and multiple other characteristics.