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Advantages and Examples of Printed Smart Packaging

on 7/14/20 11:18 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Smart Packaging
What if there was a way to ensure product quality and safety during shipping, prolong shelf life of perishable goods, and gather valuable data from your supply chain and consumers? It may all sound too good to be true – but in fact, it’s possible with smart packaging technology. The world of packaging has evolved beyond standard cardboard boxes and plastic containers. A rapidly growing market, the demand for smart packaging is expected to grow from $15.1 billion in 2016 to $23.7 billion by 2023.
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Protecting the Medical Supply Chain With Printed Temperature Indicators

on 7/9/20 10:59 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Smart Packaging Printed Indicators
After years of R&D, multiple rounds of clinical trials, and a rigorous FDA approval process, a medical product has yet another daunting challenge before it can be used by a patient – surviving transportation. Due to the temperature sensitivity of many medical supplies, shipping around the world can be a logistical and financial burden. It’s estimated that 70% of leading pharmaceutical products require temperature-controlled transportation, and that 20% of products are ruined due to a broken cold chain.
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Podcast: Len Allison on Flexible Printed Electronics

on 6/29/20 12:05 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Custom Converting Printed Electronics Podcast
For the inaugural episode of the Better Product Solutions Podcast, Steve is joined by Len Allison from Engineered Material Systems to discuss flexible printed electronics, changes in materials, ASTM standards and the overall durability characteristics that make this a reality. Watch the video or read the full conversation transcript.
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10 Reasons to Consider a Career in Manufacturing

on 6/25/20 8:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Careers
“What do you want to do when you grow up?” We were all asked that simple question when we were kids. Of course, finding a career that’s right for you is a bit more complicated. There are many boxes to check, including a role that matches your interests and skillsets, allows you to provide for yourself and your family, and offers the right combination of stability and opportunities. Whether you’re just starting your career or you’re looking to change your path, here are 10 reasons why now is a great time to get into manufacturing. 
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How Converted Adhesives Can Improve Securement of Your Medical Device

on 6/17/20 8:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Wearables Custom Converting Adhesives
Millions of patients depend on medical devices for diagnosis, monitoring, or treatment of health conditions. An incredible amount of time and expertise is required to ensure these devices work properly – from extensive research and development to hands-on care from a medical professional. But at the end of the day, a medical device can only do its job when it’s effectively attached to the patient, which is why securement is a critical aspect to consider during product development.
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Using Antimicrobial Film in Products to Prevent the Spread of Illness

on 6/9/20 10:32 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Interfaces Custom Converting Membrane Switch
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many questions as to how we will move forward once the spread of the virus is reduced. While no one knows for sure what the future will hold, it’s safe to say that everyday life will not be the same for some time. The “new normal” may likely include wearing masks, avoiding large crowds, reducing travel, and other precautions. There may also be a new expectation for OEMs to produce products with an elevated focus on consumer health and safety.
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6 Steps of New Product Introduction – and How a Contract Manufacturing Partner Can Help

on 6/1/20 11:08 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing New Product Introduction
Movies and television like to portray the “Eureka!” moment – where an inventor comes up with a brilliant idea and becomes an overnight success. Of course, we know that in reality, the product development process is much more complicated and challenging.  In today’s competitive market, the success or failure of an idea is often influenced by its new product introduction (NPI) program (also called new product development). This encompasses all the steps that are planned and executed to develop, refine, and bring a new product to market.
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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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