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Opportunity is Skin Deep – Using Transdermal Patches to Administer Drugs

on 10/26/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Wearables Custom Converting Medical Device
Growing up, we all learned the lesson, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” Similarly, when it comes to healthcare, sometimes it’s not just about what medication you take, but how you take it. One delivery method that has been around for over forty years but is growing in popularity is the transdermal patch. In this article, we’ll scratch the surface of the benefits and design challenges for creating a high-quality and successful transdermal patch product.
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How Printed Flexible Electronics Are Shaping the Future

on 10/4/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Printed Electronics
Human history is marked by inventions that have propelled society forward. As digital technology evolves at a breakneck pace, the role of electronics in our daily lives and industries becomes greater and greater. Developing smaller, light, and more portable devices requires not only out-of-the-box thinking but also cutting-edge materials and manufacturing process.  In this article, we’re talking about how printed flexible electronics are shaping the future, and highlighting exciting technologies and applications available to product designers today. 
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How to Make Your Product Stand Out with In-Mold Decorating

on 9/27/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | In-Mold Decorating
In today’s competitive market, it’s not enough for your product just to work – it also needs some “wow” factor. But thinking outside the box and coming up with a practical solution can be easier said than done. However, there’s a process that you may not be using (or not utilizing to its full potential) that can improve the look, function, and durability of your product – all at once. No, it’s not magic. It’s in-mold decorating.
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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 increasing 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 | 3 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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