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Work Cell Manufacturing: How it Works and the Benefits

on 9/20/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing
We’re all looking to work smarter, not harder. In our industry, a popular way to do that is by embracing lean manufacturing. This concept seeks ways to eliminate waste, optimize processes, accelerate production, reduce costs, and quickly deliver products to market. There are many strategies to lean manufacturing, but one that is increasingly in popularity is work cell manufacturing. What does this entail, and is it right for your company? Read on to find out.
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The Quest for Quiet – How Custom Converting Can Help Reduce Noise and Vibration

on 9/14/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Custom Converting
The squeaky wheel gets the grease – that we all know. But it’s not just squeaks that concern product designers and engineers, but also grinding, buzzing, squealing, humming, and an endless list of strange sounds. Noise, vibration, and harshness (or NVH for short) is a common challenge in various industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, and more. In the simplest terms, NVH includes unwanted sounds and oscillation from metal panels, support structures, or other product components. Not only can NVH be unpleasant for consumers (such as a rattling sound coming from their vehicle), but it can hinder performance and lead to excess wear and tear on the product.
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Multi-faceted – 5 Unique Purposes of a Graphic Overlay

on 9/2/21 10:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Graphic Overlays
Do you consider yourself a multi-tasker? There’s ongoing debate whether multi-tasking is truly possible. On one side, some people feel more productive when juggling several tasks at once. On the other side, some studies show that the brain isn’t wired to switch focus back and forth effectively.  While multi-tasking is up for interpretation, there’s no question that being multi-talented is a great skill to have. That reminds us of the unassuming but overachieving graphic overlay. 
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Thinking Outside the Box – Materials and Printing for Sustainable Labels

on 8/25/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Labels
When making a product, it’s always important to keep the user in mind. This target audience could be quite specific for a medical device or broad for a consumer product. However, as the effects of climate change continue to emerge, product designers and OEMs must consider a much larger audience – all 7.6 billion people in the world. Improving the sustainability of products and packaging plays a significant role in reducing the environmental impact that will affect us all and future generations. 
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Why Wait? Reduce Lead Time of Physical Components with Printed Electronics

on 8/11/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printed Electronics
The ripple effect of the pandemic has caused shortages of all types of products – from toilet paper and hand sanitizer to lumber and pickle jars. But for product designers and electronic device manufacturers, there’s a specific shortage that has been especially frustrating – printed circuit boards (PCBs). As if managing the supply chain wasn’t challenging enough, increased demand and limited material have skyrocketed lead times for many physical components. In some cases, the lead time for PCB material can range from 20 to over 52 weeks! The good news is there’s a solution that won’t test your patience – printed electronics.
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Balancing Speed and Quality When Manufacturing a Medical Device

on 8/4/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Medical Device
Do you have a need for speed when producing your next innovative medical device? In today’s fast-paced, competitive market, finding even a small edge can be the difference between success and failure. However, while speed to market is important, it’s not the only consideration when developing your medical device manufacturing strategy.
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Finding the Right Adhesive Solution to Bond Dissimilar Materials

on 7/31/21 10:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Adhesives
Opposites attract – it’s an idea that has long been debated. And while it may hold true in certain social situations, we can agree that it’s not usually the case when it comes to product design. In fact, when you need to attach different materials, you may find yourself hitting an unexpected roadblock. 
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A Quick Guide of Manufacturing Options for Wearables

on 7/12/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Wearables
Wearables are revolutionizing the medical field. Today’s medical devices are lighter, more portable, and smarter than ever before. Of course, achieving this level of innovation often requires an equally innovative manufacturing approach. The good news for designers and OEMs is there’s a wide range of manufacturing options available to transform a wearable design into a finished product. In this guide, we highlight critical considerations, including material selection, printing, and custom converting processes.
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Podcast: Erika Rebrosova of Sun Chemical on Human Machine Interfaces

on 6/30/21 4:45 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Podcast
In our 8th episode of the podcast, we spoke with Erika Rebrosova, the Global Technology Manager at Sun Chemical. Erika joined us to talk about all things human machine interface (HMI), including printed electronics, a broad overview of what HMI is and how advancements in capacitive switches are changing the face of many industries.
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Designing Products to Thrive in Harsh Environments

on 6/24/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Custom Converting
Toughness. Ruggedness. Resilience. These are admirable personality traits that help individuals get through difficult times or challenges. And in some cases, they are also attributes required for products used in harsh environments. It’s one thing to design a product that works in the lab. It’s another to make sure it’s ready for real-world conditions and usage. That’s where the selection of innovative and durable materials can make or break a product.
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