FDI participated in a community service project to help clean up and beautify the surrounding area. A team of employees spent a couple of hours picking up trash along the busy street where FDI is located. “ I was shocked at the amount of trash employees picked up. Also, I enjoyed great conversations with fellow employees on a beautiful spring day in Tennessee.” Lora Matthews
Thank you to a fantastic crew willing to take time out to participate, and a special thank you to the City of Loudon Police Department for keeping us safe as we did our project. FDI is planning on several more projects throughout the year to give back.
We are pleased to sponsor this year’s Deployed Medical & Healthcare Delivery Conference (DMHD) in London, England, March 15-17, 2022. DMHD is Europe’s leading command and staff conference dedicated to deployed medical care.
Please join us for our presentation on Far Forward Surgical Sterilization, and stop by our booth to check out FRONT-LINE, our latest field sterilizer.
After our most recent audit this week, FDI will be re-certified as ISO 13485:2016 compliant. As a participant in the Medical Device Single Audit Plan (MDSAP) program for ISO 13485, this rigorous inspection certifies that our medical devices meet the requirements of ISO 13485, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Health Canada.
Recertification continues to allow us to strive to design and produce the safest, most reliable, and effective devices on the market.
FDI is currently offering Medical Maintenance & Service Kits for the Department of Defense and non-DOD customers. Each kit comes with all the tools needed to service, calibrate, maintain, diagnose or test specific medical equipment. Each kit is secured in a weatherproof case designed to minimize cube and weight for easy transport and storage. Additionally, most kits contain unique engineered foam cutouts that safeguard the content during any movement. These kits make it very convenient to have all the tools necessary within the technician’s reach. For more info: https://lnkd.in/eeN5_Y-w
We appreciate the opportunity to attend the SEAMTN (Southeastern Advanced Machine Tools Network) Kick-off meeting held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville this past Saturday. We were able to meet other partners and learn more about what SEAMTN is doing to strengthen the defense manufacturing communities across Tennessee. The Kick-Off meeting included a tour of the UT Machine Tool Research Center to see the advances taking place in CNC machining research.
The U.S. DoD needs a strong industrial base to generate technological innovations, maintain deterrence, and provide manufacturing capabilities should the U.S. enter another large-scale conflict. FDI is excited and proud to be a member of the newly formed Southeastern Advanced Machine Tools Network (SEAMTN), which is part of the 2021 cohort for new defense manufacturing communities established and funded by the Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP). SEAMTN is an organization that seeks to strengthen the U.S. industrial base by investing in machine tools and additive manufacturing research and development, education, workforce development, and supply chain support. Led by the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering department at the University of Tennessee, SEAMTN is a consortium of companies, colleges and universities, national laboratories, non-profit organizations, and the Tennessee state government.
Thank you to Defense Strategies Institute for hosting the Operational Medicine Symposium in San Antonio. John Hodges, our Vice President, was able to present “Far Forward Surgical Sterilization” and demonstrate the FRONT-LINE Field Sterilizer, which will soon be available (after pending FDA clearance). Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to understand the unique capabilities of this new steam sterilizer.
This year, we are pleased to be a Gold Sponsor for the Operational Medicine Symposium, September 28th-29th, in San Antonio, TX. The show is an opportunity to learn about challenges, strategies, and advancements in military medical care. Please join us for our presentation on the future of far forward surgical sterilization and FRONT-LINE, our latest field sterilizer.
Chris Yerger, Founder and CEO of Fort Defiance Industries, said “It is encouraging, in our quest for excellence at FDI, to receive the 2021 TNCPE Interest Award and to be among Tennessee’s leading organizations. I am excited about the next steps as we seek to achieve the TNCPE Excellence Award, and ultimately, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. At FDI, we design and manufacture medical devices for military field hospitals and remote medical clinics around the world, and we constantly strive for continual growth in knowledge, systems, and processes to achieve the highest levels of quality in our industry. We are grateful to TNCPE for providing this framework as we continue to pursue excellence.”
“TNCPE’s mission is to strengthen the economic and organizational health of states, communities, and organizations, and one of the ways we do that is through the Awards Program,” said TNCPE President, Tamera Fields Parsons. “Organizations being recognized this year have decided they want to be the best they can be for their customers, their workforce, and for all their stakeholders. They have demonstrated a strong commitment to improvement and have chosen TNCPE and the Baldrige framework as their path to excellence, and I am proud to be associated with these organizations.”
A full list of winners can be found on the TNCPE website www.tncpe.org
Established in 1993 as a public-private partnership, the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence strives to promote economic development and drive organizational excellence by helping companies and organizations grow more competitive in today’s global marketplace through affordable, in-depth assessments. A statewide nonprofit, TNCPE is grounded in the Baldrige Excellence Framework—a holistic framework used by organizations across multiple industries to improve their performance and achieve sustainable results. Fifteen hundred (1500) organizations have participated in and benefited from the TNCPE award program. Six Tennessee businesses—The City of Germantown TN, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation, Pal’s Sudden Service, Eastman Chemical Company, and Federal Express—have been honored with both the prestigious Baldrige National Quality Award and the TNCPE Excellence Award.
For more information about the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (www.tncpe.org), contact Tamera Fields Parsons, President and CEO, at [email protected]. For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/ .