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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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7 Important Considerations When Creating a Medical Device Label

on 6/21/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Labels
When designing a new medical device, you may work with the mindset of, “It’s what’s inside that counts.” Sure, the inner workings and technology are essential to the product’s functionality, but external factors are also important. That includes an often-overlooked feature of medical devices – labeling. Creating medical device labeling is very different – and more challenging – than printing labels for other non-regulated products. However, it’s a critical step in getting your device to market and into the hands of your customers.
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Making a Difference – How Manufacturing Careers Enhance Lives

on 6/14/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Careers
Contrary to popular belief, there is no “regular” or “normal” job. Not everyone is interested in working in an office 9-5 or using a computer all day. Instead, there is a wide range of career paths and experiences for you to consider based on your skills and interests. If you’re looking to start a career that allows you to make something authentic and gives you a sense of purpose, consider entering the manufacturing field.
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Shielding Solutions for Electronics that Limit Outgassing

on 5/6/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Electronics Materials Adhesives
We’ve all heard of the KISS principle, whether in its original form of “keep it simple, stupid” or a more polite variation such as “keep it simple and straightforward.” Created in 1960 by the U.S. Navy, the acronym reminds us that the simplest solution is usually the best solution. When designing electronics, a common problem – interference – often has a relatively simple solution. Shielding is a thin component that’s inserted in a device to block electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) signals that can affect or damage other components.
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One-of-a-kind Opportunities with Variable Data Printing

on 5/3/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Labels
When the printing press was invented in the 15th century, it revolutionized the world with the ability to reproduce printed material in mass quantities. However, as the business landscape has become more complex and segmented in the 21st century, a new need has emerged to create unique printed pieces at scale. While this would have sounded impossible a few decades ago, it’s now possible thanks to another revolutionary technology – variable data printing (VDP).
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Made to Last – Uses and Manufacturing Considerations of Industrial Labels

on 4/26/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Printing Labels
It’s wise not to judge a book by its cover. But it’s also prudent not to ignore important safety warnings found on many products, packaging, and transportation containers.
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Podcast: Mark Darby of Lumitex on Flexible Light Technology

on 4/8/21 11:07 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Podcast Membrane Switch
In Episode 7, we talked to Mark Darby, Vice President of Sales for Lumitex, designers and developers of innovative lighting solutions. In this episode, we discuss how their flexible light technology has made them a leader in the world of lighting design. Mark also shares what markets are currently driving new business sales, how they work with customers to customize lighting solutions and what tests go into making sure all products are user ready. 
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An Introduction to Manufacturing Readiness Levels

on 3/29/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing
If you were embarking on a long road trip, would you rely on GPS or just “wing it” when planning your route? Of course, it’s always better to have a plan. The same can be said in manufacturing. In our industry, the trusty map is called the Manufacturing Readiness Levels assessment.
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Igniting Change: How Flame-Retardant Adhesives Benefit Industrial Applications

on 3/23/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 3 Comments | Custom Converting Adhesives
From an early age, we are all taught to respect fire and take necessary safety precautions. While we can never entirely eliminate the risk of fires, advancements in materials science have greatly improved our ability to minimize the destruction. One exciting innovation is the category of flame-retardant adhesives. These products are specifically designed to slow (or stop) the spread of flames and mitigate other dangerous effects of fire. Several industries have flammability guidelines and can benefit from fire-resistant products, including aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, maritime, and public transportation.
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