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Benefits and Uses of Flexible Printed Sensors

on 5/27/20 11:02 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Printed Electronics
From refrigerators to lightbulbs, it seems like every type of product today is getting “smarter.” One technology that is helping to push innovation forward is the printed sensor.
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12 Reasons Why Now’s the Time to Reshore Your Outsourced Manufacturing

on 5/22/20 7:45 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing
American manufacturing is often spoken about like it’s ancient history. Of course, it wasn’t until the 1970-1980s that companies started looking overseas for cheaper, less-regulated labor and production. One of the many lessons that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is that there are significant drawbacks to offshore manufacturing.
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10 Areas to Consider When Selecting a Contract Manufacturer

on 5/13/20 8:28 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Custom Converting
In our personal lives, long-term and valuable relationships are rarely formed based on a single attribute. The same goes for having a productive relationship with a contract manufacturer. While there are numerous benefits to outsourcing manufacturing, it's critical that you select the right partner. To do so, there are also many factors to consider (hint: not just price).
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Designing Products to Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections

on 5/4/20 10:53 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing
The COVID-19 pandemic has swiftly and drastically changed the lives of millions of people around the world. It has also put a spotlight on the fragility of our healthcare system. In addition to implementing social distancing practices and adequate testing, a major concern is protecting patients and frontline medical professionals inside of healthcare facilities.
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7 Types of Products That Can Be Made Through Custom Converting

on 4/28/20 8:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments |
When you hear that a product is “custom made,” you may think of expensive, labor-intensive items like tailored suits or hand-crafted furniture. However, in the manufacturing field, custom converting is a practical and often cost-efficient approach for making high-quality components. In fact, you may be surprised to learn how many products can be made with custom converting.
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Make it Yours – A Guide to Different Custom Converting Processes

on 4/23/20 8:39 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Custom Converting Adhesives Shielding
The more innovative and unique your product is, the more likely that you will need to create new components that aren’t readily available. This may sound like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite practical through custom materials converting. Custom converting is an overarching term that applies to any process that modifies original material to suit your product design. It can be as simple as slicing a sheet of material to a different size, or as complex as combining multiples processes to create an innovative, fully operational product. While the possibilities of custom converting are virtually endless, there are a handful of popular processes you can use.
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Understanding Quality Management Systems and Certifications

on 4/18/20 10:32 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing
Legendary basketball coach, John Wooden, once said, "It isn't what you do, but how you do it." This idea not only applies to sports but also manufacturing. In today's competitive, regulated business environment it's not enough to simply make something. Whether it’s a single component or complete product, it matters how you make it, in order to ensure quality, consistency, and compliance. How can you be confident that your manufacturing partner is adhering to the latest industry quality and safety standards? A good place to start is by evaluating the company’s quality management system and certifications.
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7 Benefits of Outsourced Product Manufacturing

on 4/8/20 7:08 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments |
It’s the age-old question for OEMs – is it better to make components in-house or outsource manufacturing? When you consider cost, quality, control, compliance, and other factors, there isn’t always a simple, clear-cut answer. However, in today’s competitive market, more and more companies are reducing costs and improving their bottom lines by working with a single-source manufacturer, also known as a contract manufacturing organization (CMO). Here are 7 ways that outsourcing manufacturing can benefit your product and business.
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Different Types of Printed Indicators – And How They Can Benefit Your Product

on 3/31/20 11:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing
In both life and product development, simple is usually better. If your product needs to monitor or indicate a change of a specific environmental factor, electronic sensors could get the job done – but they can be bulky, complicated, and expensive. A simpler and smarter product solution may be a printed indicator. Featuring special colorimetric inks, these indicators change color in response to the presence or change of an environmental factor. Since they're printed, they can be applied directly to products or included in packaging – making them cost-efficient and easy to implement. Here are 5 common uses for printed indicators.
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What’s Inside a Membrane Switch?

on 3/23/20 7:15 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments |
You can find them on TV remotes, treadmills, medical devices, and industrial equipment, just to name a few. But do you know how membrane switches work – or how they can benefit your product? Let’s take a look inside a membrane switch to see how this thin, flexible application works and creates a dependable, user-friendly control panel.
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