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3 Ways to Improve Recyclability of Labels and Packaging

on 1/24/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Labels Sustainability
By now, most companies understand the importance of a sustainability plan – the challenge is knowing where to start. Labels and packaging are often a reasonable entry point into sustainable manufacturing since they contribute to a high level of waste. Plus, modifying these items rarely directly impacts the quality or performance of the primary product, resulting in lower risk. Here are three relatively simple ways to improve the recyclability of your labels and packaging through more sustainable materials selection and printing techniques.
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What the Circular Economy Means for Product Designers

on 1/17/22 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | New Product Introduction
As the effects of climate change impact communities around the globe, there’s a growing understanding that environmental stewardship is a shared responsibility. Within manufacturing, sustainability has become a popular buzzword and strategic objective. But what does it mean, and what can companies and product designers do to achieve greater sustainability?
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Podcast: Rafael Tudela from Tapecon on Flexible Hybrid Electronics

on 1/13/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Podcast Graphic Overlays
In episode 10, we talk to Rafael Tudela, a fellow Tapeconian with an interesting educational background. A double major in electrical and electronic engineering, Rafael spent most of his career on the electrical side before bringing his talents to Tapecon where he is mostly working in the world of flexible hybrid electronics. We spoke with Rafael about the exciting projects he’s working on at Tapecon and what he sees for the future.
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Stressed Out? Understanding Shear and Peel Strengths for Adhesives

on 12/27/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Custom Converting Adhesives
Stress is an unavoidable part of life. We all experience it in one way or another, and we all have ways of coping with it. However, product designers and engineers must manage a very distinct type of stress – the force applied to adhesive bonds. While today’s innovative adhesives and tapes are viable alternatives to mechanical fasteners, bonding strength must be considered to ensure optimal performance and durability. In this article, we’ll cover common types of stress that affect adhesive, along with tips for material selection.
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Case Study: How Tapecon Assessed and Reduced Chemical Footprint

on 12/21/21 12:00 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Quality
In 2021, through a program called the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) run by Clean Production Action (CPA) and funded by a Source Reduction Assistance Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grant, Tapecon assessed the chemical footprint of their industrial cleaning products. Tapecon's printing process requires cleaning products to maintain the printing equipment. These products were analyzed by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
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6 Common Risks of New Product Development – And How to Mitigate Them

on 11/29/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 2 Comments | New Product Introduction
Wouldn’t it be great if developing a new product came with all the rewards of being an innovator, and zero of the downsides? Unfortunately, there are always risks associated with manufacturing – and this is especially true for new products. In this article, we’ll highlight six of the most common risks you may encounter during new product development. More importantly, we’ll explain how you can identify, minimize, and potentially even avoid some of these risks and get your product to market quickly.
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Illuminating the World of Flexible Light Technology

on 11/22/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Custom Converting Membrane Switch
Let there be light. That can be easier said than done for product designers and engineers as devices become more compact and portable than ever. A few months ago, we invited Mark Darby on our Better Product Solutions Podcast. Mark is the Vice President of Sales for Lumitex. We had an illuminating discussion on flexible light technology, which is a great solution for medical, medical devices, transportation, and many other industries.
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How Prototyping Improves Product Development and Manufacturing

on 11/15/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing New Product Introduction
Seeing is believing. That’s why a prototype can be a powerful – and often imperative – tool when creating a new product. You likely already appreciate how producing an early model can help speed up and refine the development process. But did you know that prototyping can also enhance the manufacturability of your product and streamline the transition to full-scale production?
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Understanding Thermal Runaway – and Solutions for Designing Safer Batteries

on 11/2/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Electronics Materials Custom Converting
According to the classic TV show, The Jetsons, we’re a mere four decades away from driving flying cars. While that may be science-fiction, the era of electronic vehicles (EV) is much more realistic. The global EV market increased 43% from 2019 to 2020 – and hit the 10 million stock milestone in the process. Considering that this growth occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s safe to say that the future is now when it comes to electric vehicles. One key driver of the growth and mainstream consumer adoption of EVs is advancements in battery technology. Today’s batteries (and therefore vehicles) offer higher capacity, extended driving range, improved motor performance, and faster charging. However, one drawback to high-powered batteries that can present a design challenge – and even potential safety hazard – is thermal runaway.
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Podcast: Lou Brossard of Curbell Plastics on Light Management Film

on 10/27/21 1:39 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Podcast Graphic Overlays
In this episode Lou Brossard, the Senior Product Specialist from Curbell Plastics joins us. Lou specializes in films and tapes, and discusses the markets and applications for light management films. Lou also explains how light diffusion works, the technology behind it, and what needs to be considered with the selection of films when it’s being incorporated into a new project or design.
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