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How’s This for a Bright Idea? Backlighting for Membrane Switches

on 12/2/20 12:06 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Membrane Switch
As we get closer to the end of the year, we are beginning to see holiday lights being put on display. While the glow and colors are meant to put us in a festive mood, we can’t help but think about a different type of illumination that’s near and dear to our hearts – backlighting for membrane switches. For the average person, a small blinking light or a bright control panel may not mean much, but for a product designer, backlighting can make a dramatic difference in the appearance and functionality of a user interface.
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10 Benefits of Membrane Switches for User Interfaces

on 11/17/20 8:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Membrane Switch
First impressions can make a lasting impact. When it comes to most electronic equipment, the initial experience a user may have is with the interface. At the same time, device manufacturers need the user interface to fit within the product’s overall design and budget. Often, a membrane switch is a solution that checks all the boxes and satisfies everyone.
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7 Things to Consider When Selecting Adhesives

on 11/13/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Custom Converting Adhesives
If you’ve been following our blog, you already know that we are big fans of adhesives. Whether you’re assembling an electronic device or creating a wearable that needs to stick to skin, odds are there’s an adhesive that can fit into your design and improve the functionality or manufacturability of your product.
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Thinking Lean and Green – Sustainability in Manufacturing

on 11/11/20 1:04 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing
Manufacturing is undoubtedly important to our modern lives by creating the majority of the products we rely on every day. However, it’s also important to acknowledge that our industry plays a role in the growing concern over climate change. According to the EPA, industry is responsible for 22% of greenhouse gas emissions, just behind transportation (28%) and electricity (27%). Of course, this is just one example of how human activity can impact the environment, and we must consider all avenues to protect our natural resources.
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Super Material: Benefits and Applications of Printing on Tyvek®

on 10/21/20 8:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Technology Printing
In the movies, superheroes rely on their special powers to overcome challenges and, in the end, save the day. Of course, we understand that the ability to fly, invisibility, and super-speed are purely fiction. In the real world of industrial and durable printing, there is a certain product that seems to have an array of material superpowers. But in the case of Tyvek®, it comes down to scientific innovation, rather than science-fiction.
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Getting the Most Out of In-Mold Decorating

on 10/13/20 6:41 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing In-Mold Decorating
Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.” It’s an excellent credo to live life by, but it also applies to product design. One manufacturing process, in particular, that requires expertise and attention to detail is in-mold decorating (IMD). When done correctly, IMD can yield impressive results. But if certain considerations aren’t followed, the outcome may not be what you expected.
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Podcast: Bill Sullivan on Films, Coatings & Launching Products Faster

on 10/9/20 8:19 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Custom Converting Printed Electronics Podcast
In this episode of The Better Product Solutions Podcast, we speak with Bill Sullivan, Executive Vice President, Business and Technology Discovery at FLEXcon. In this podcast, Bill gives us a breakdown of more functional technologies to films and coatings, some of the capabilities bringing new technology to the forefront and how to help brand owners launch products faster.
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The Challenges of Sticking to Skin – And How to Overcome Them

on 10/7/20 9:21 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Wearables Printing Custom Converting
On a recent episode of our Better Product Solution Podcast, 3M’s Senior Product Development Engineer Bret Ludwig joined us to talk about advancements and opportunities in wearable skin tape and adhesives. One of the many fascinating topics that he discussed was how challenging it can be for a product to stick to skin. Here’s a quick clip.
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How to Improve Product Design and Performance With Converted Foams

on 10/1/20 7:42 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Custom Converting
The saying is true – good things can come in small packages. In today’s marketplace, devices are simultaneously getting smaller and more powerful. However, compact products pose a wide range of design challenges and complexities. The good news is that in many cases, the solution is surprisingly simple: foam.
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Using Adhesive Constructions to Improve Chain of Custody Sleep Apnea Tests

on 9/17/20 10:40 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments |
Medical devices have the unique power to improve or even save lives. Of course, that’s only true when they are properly used. In the case of devices used to diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, that means that they’re worn correctly and consistently by the intended user. This poses the challenge of creating a chain of custody mechanism that won’t interfere with the usability of the testing equipment.
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