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Podcast: Bret Ludwig from 3M on Wearable Medical Skin Tape & Adhesives

on 8/6/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Wearables Podcast
In this episode, we talked to Bret Ludwig, Senior Product Development Engineer at 3M. We talk a wide-ranging conversation with medical skin tapes on applications, different types of adhesives to use in different situations, and skin trauma.  Pretty much anybody who's looking to commercialize a wearable product shouldn't miss this because we cover all kinds of questions that are relevant to product teams.
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Tapecon Receives LE Cup Award from United Way

on 8/5/20 11:58 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Community Involvement Tapecon News
Tapecon was recently awarded the L.E. Cup from United Way of Buffalo & Erie County! The L.E. (Loaned Executive) Cup is awarded annually to the company in the Corporate Loaned Executive program that has the highest percentage of contribution increase from the previous year. Tapecon was the winner with a 72% increase in contributions in 2019!
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A Secret Weapon in Lightweighting? Converted Adhesives and Tapes

on 8/4/20 7:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Custom Converting Fasteners Adhesives
Bigger, faster, stronger. That’s the motto of the Olympics and athletes around the world. But when it comes to product design and manufacturing, the philosophy is often: lighter is better.   The strategy of lightweighting has been embraced by the automotive and transportation industries for many years now. But many other industries can benefit from this approach, including medical devices, medical equipment, industrial products, aerospace, and more.
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Where to Find Medical Device Components in the Real World

When working on a medical device, we are often so focused on our specific task or responsibility, it can be easy to lose sight of where your efforts fit into the big picture. But the reality is, what you’re making is being used in the real world by real people – whether directly by a patient or to help a medical professional do their job more effectively or efficiently. To keep this in perspective, here are a few common medical device components and the value that they provide.  
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Alan Davis Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Manufacturing

on 7/22/20 3:48 PM By | Casey Cephas | 3 Comments | Manufacturing Community Involvement
Alan Davis, Chairman of Tapecon, was recently awarded the Buffalo Business First Lifetime Achievement Award in Manufacturing! This award honors outstanding contributions to manufacturing in Buffalo during an individual's career.
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Advantages and Examples of Printed Smart Packaging

on 7/14/20 11:18 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Smart Packaging
What if there was a way to ensure product quality and safety during shipping, prolong shelf life of perishable goods, and gather valuable data from your supply chain and consumers? It may all sound too good to be true – but in fact, it’s possible with smart packaging technology. The world of packaging has evolved beyond standard cardboard boxes and plastic containers. A rapidly growing market, the demand for smart packaging is expected to grow from $15.1 billion in 2016 to $23.7 billion by 2023.
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Protecting the Medical Supply Chain With Printed Temperature Indicators

on 7/9/20 10:59 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Smart Packaging Printed Indicators
After years of R&D, multiple rounds of clinical trials, and a rigorous FDA approval process, a medical product has yet another daunting challenge before it can be used by a patient – surviving transportation. Due to the temperature sensitivity of many medical supplies, shipping around the world can be a logistical and financial burden. It’s estimated that 70% of leading pharmaceutical products require temperature-controlled transportation, and that 20% of products are ruined due to a broken cold chain.
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Podcast: Len Allison on Flexible Printed Electronics

on 6/29/20 12:05 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Electronics Materials Printing Custom Converting
For the inaugural episode of the Better Product Solutions Podcast, Steve is joined by Len Allison from Engineered Material Systems to discuss flexible printed electronics, changes in materials, ASTM standards and the overall durability characteristics that make this a reality. Watch the video or read the full conversation transcript.
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10 Reasons to Consider a Career in Manufacturing

on 6/25/20 8:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Careers
“What do you want to do when you grow up?” We were all asked that simple question when we were kids. Of course, finding a career that’s right for you is a bit more complicated. There are many boxes to check, including a role that matches your interests and skillsets, allows you to provide for yourself and your family, and offers the right combination of stability and opportunities. Whether you’re just starting your career or you’re looking to change your path, here are 10 reasons why now is a great time to get into manufacturing. 
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How Converted Adhesives Can Improve Securement of Your Medical Device

on 6/17/20 8:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Wearables Custom Converting Adhesives
Millions of patients depend on medical devices for diagnosis, monitoring, or treatment of health conditions. An incredible amount of time and expertise is required to ensure these devices work properly – from extensive research and development to hands-on care from a medical professional. But at the end of the day, a medical device can only do its job when it’s effectively attached to the patient, which is why securement is a critical aspect to consider during product development.
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