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April 3, 2018 Manufacturing insights

Former EMC exec seeks to make Cogmedix leaner

Courtesy of Cogmedix Cogmedix, a subsidiary of Worcester-based Coghlin Cos., is adding a former EMC exec to help manage manufacturing and supply chain operations.

David Fraser, the former vice president of manufacturing and worldwide materials at Hopkinton software firm EMC is joining Worcester medical device manufacturer Cogmedix as the senior vice president of operations. Fraser brings 30 years of experience in manufacturing, including the last six in the EMC role. He hopes to bring his lean manufacturing experience to help streamline operations at Cogmedix. He recently talked to the WBJ about his new job.

What drew you to Cogmedix and Coghlin Cos.?

There is an amazing vibe that you get when you talk to the leadership and associates within the Coghlin Cos. You sense almost immediately their commitment to excellence and their passion for delighting their customers 

What do you hope to bring to the company? 

I hope to contribute to building a culture that encourages innovation within the product lines we build and within the business processes. I would like to continue to help build partnerships with our customers. My goal would be for all of our customers to think of us as a true extension of their team. 

What steps have you taken so far to revamp some operations at Cogmedix?

 I am still new to the Cogmedix team and am navigating my way through the company processes and training. I have begun to identify areas where I believe there is room for improvement and have started to drive new ideas and change in those areas.

Why is lean manufacturing so important now? 

Lean manufacturing improves productivity both within the company as well as the supply chain. It increases quality performance, customer satisfaction and means improvement to the bottom line.

Are companies doing themselves a disservice if they don't consider really looking into lean manufacturing?

They absolutely are. The benefits of lean manufacturing are game changing and affect every area of the business from quality, to supply chain, to customer service. Cogmedix has a strong team that is heavily invested in lean manufacturing, and will continue to be at the forefront of these initiatives.

What ideas do you hope to bring to Cogmedix from your previous work experiences?

I have many new and exciting ideas I believe I can bring to Cogmedix to help further optimize operations. I am looking forward to different challenges and opportunities working with the team at Cogmedix on FDA compliant products that positively impact so many lives.

Why the career change from tech to medical devices?

I don’t look at it as a career change. My responsibilities don’t change because of the name on the building. As one of the leaders in the manufacturing space, my responsibility is to develop and manage the processes that will build and deliver the highest quality product when our customer require them. That has always been, and will always be, my goal since I started in this business many years ago.

This interview was conducted and edited for length and clarity by WBJ Staff Writer Zachary Comeau.

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