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Make it Yours – A Guide to Different Custom Converting Processes

on 4/23/20 8:39 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Custom Converting Adhesives Shielding
The more innovative and unique your product is, the more likely that you will need to create new components that aren’t readily available. This may sound like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite practical through custom materials converting. Custom converting is an overarching term that applies to any process that modifies original material to suit your product design. It can be as simple as slicing a sheet of material to a different size, or as complex as combining multiples processes to create an innovative, fully operational product. While the possibilities of custom converting are virtually endless, there are a handful of popular processes you can use.
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Understanding Quality Management Systems and Certifications

on 4/18/20 10:32 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Quality
Legendary basketball coach, John Wooden, once said, "It isn't what you do, but how you do it." This idea not only applies to sports but also manufacturing. In today's competitive, regulated business environment it's not enough to simply make something. Whether it’s a single component or complete product, it matters how you make it, in order to ensure quality, consistency, and compliance. How can you be confident that your manufacturing partner is adhering to the latest industry quality and safety standards? A good place to start is by evaluating the company’s quality management system and certifications.
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7 Benefits of Outsourced Product Manufacturing

on 4/8/20 7:08 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments |
It’s the age-old question for OEMs – is it better to make components in-house or outsource manufacturing? When you consider cost, quality, control, compliance, and other factors, there isn’t always a simple, clear-cut answer. However, in today’s competitive market, more and more companies are reducing costs and improving their bottom lines by working with a single-source manufacturer, also known as a contract manufacturing organization (CMO). Here are 7 ways that outsourcing manufacturing can benefit your product and business.
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Different Types of Printed Indicators – And How They Can Benefit Your Product

on 3/31/20 11:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing
In both life and product development, simple is usually better. If your product needs to monitor or indicate a change of a specific environmental factor, electronic sensors could get the job done – but they can be bulky, complicated, and expensive. A simpler and smarter product solution may be a printed indicator. Featuring special colorimetric inks, these indicators change color in response to the presence or change of an environmental factor. Since they're printed, they can be applied directly to products or included in packaging – making them cost-efficient and easy to implement. Here are 5 common uses for printed indicators.
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What’s Inside a Membrane Switch?

on 3/23/20 7:15 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments |
You can find them on TV remotes, treadmills, medical devices, and industrial equipment, just to name a few. But do you know how membrane switches work – or how they can benefit your product? Let’s take a look inside a membrane switch to see how this thin, flexible application works and creates a dependable, user-friendly control panel.
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Tapecon Statement on COVID-19

on 3/16/20 9:17 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Latest News
Essential Business Status: Tapecon Inc. maintains all business operations as an “Essential Business” in the state of New York.  Tapecon’s products are essential in the support of combating the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation as it relates to our business and to ensure the stability of our, and our customers’ supply chains. Tapecon has always had a Business Continuation Procedure – which assesses various risks and outlines what actions we take if an event took place. While we don’t anticipate that COVID-19 will become detrimental to our workforce, Tapecon is still taking steps to make sure we are prepared.
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Using Digital Printing to Improve Wearables Design and Manufacturing

on 3/9/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Wearables Printing
As human beings, we’re creatures of habit. If something works for us in the past, we’re likely to take the same approach in the future. Or in other words: if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. However, in the competitive industry of medical devices – especially wearables – the status quo isn't always the best way to go. Take, for instance, the printing technique for your product. If you’ve been using traditional methods like flexographic and screen printing, now may be the time to switch to digital printing to improve the quality and manufacturability of your wearable.
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Making the Ultimate Wearable With Electronic Skin Patches

on 3/2/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Wearables Printing
There's no denying that wearable technology has revolutionized the medical device market. Whether for counting steps or monitoring cardiac rhythm, wearables can help people stay healthy and improve clinical outcomes. However, for as far as wearable technology has advanced, most products are still rigid, sometimes bulky devices that are worn by the user – not directly attached to the body. That means there's an opportunity to take wearables to the next level with electronic skin patches. In fact, according to IDTechEx, revenue from electronic skin patches will grow to $20B by 2029.
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7 Key Steps in Developing a Wearable Medical Device

on 2/24/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Wearables
So you want to develop a wearable medical device? The good news is that the industry is booming – with sales of medical wearables to reach $19.7 billion by 2024 (IDTechEx). However, that also means you're entering a competitive, saturated market. In our extensive experience in the medical device industry, it’s not just about what you’re making – it’s how you make it – that determines your success. While there are many nuanced steps to developing a medical wearable, here are a few of the most important aspects for you to consider.
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What Does It Mean for Materials to Be Medical Grade?

on 2/18/20 10:13 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing
Every industry has its own buzzwords – terms that are used so often that sometimes the actual meanings get confused or lost. In the medical device field, one such buzzword is “medical-grade” material. This doesn’t mean that it’s wrong or should be ignored. Rather, it’s important to know what the true definition of this term means while developing your product.
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