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A Design Engineer’s Guide to Control Panel Overlays

on 3/14/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Graphic Overlays
What does heavy-duty industrial machinery have in common with a cutting-edge medical device? Neither can do their jobs without human operation. That’s why the control panel, and particularly the user interface, should be a prime feature of equipment – and not merely an afterthought. If you’re a design engineer considering your options for creating the optimal control panel, allow us to provide a quick overview of control panel overlays and how they can benefit your product.
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7 Considerations for Designing a Custom Graphic Overlay

on 3/7/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Graphic Overlays
First appearances may be deceiving. Take the graphic overlay, for instance. At initial glance, this may seem like a relatively simple application. But the truth is, there are many factors to consider and choices to make when designing a custom graphic overlay. In this article, we’ll cover the areas to concentrate on to make the optimal graphic overlay for your application.
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A Designer's Guide to Color Matching in a Graphic Overlay

on 2/28/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Graphic Overlays
Color can be a very subjective, even emotional topic. We all have our favorite shades and hues that we prefer in our personal lives. But when you’re creating a custom graphic overlay, color can (and should) be very objective and precise. That’s why color-matching techniques come in during the design and printing processes.
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Podcast: Phil Heft from Memcon on Connectors and Printed Electronics

on 2/21/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printed Electronics Podcast
In this episode, we talk to Phil Heft, the Business Development Manager of North America for Memcon. Phil’s years of experience have led him to be an expert in all things connectors: connector assembly, purpose, and the functionality of connector systems. We sat down with Phil to discuss his thoughts on the evolution of his field, some things he thinks designers should keep in mind when it comes to connectors, and some of the emerging technologies he’s excited about.
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Mind Your Ps – Choosing Polycarbonate or Polyester for Graphic Overlays

on 2/17/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Graphic Overlays
Here at Tapecon, one question we often get from customers is, “What’s the best material for a graphic overlay?” As much as we’d like to give you an easy, definitive answer, the truth is…it depends. There are two films that are commonly used to construct a graphic overlay (also known as the faceplate of a membrane switch): polyester and polycarbonate. Both are excellent materials, but they each come with their own advantages. In general, polyester is the more durable and rugged option for harsh environments, but polycarbonate has unique attributes for different applications.
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10 Questions to Assess Your Manufacturing Sustainability

on 1/31/22 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Sustainability
Did you know that according to the EPA, American manufacturing accounts for nearly 23% of global carbon emissions? That is just one of the many statistics demonstrating the need for sustainable manufacturing practices.
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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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