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6 Common Risks of New Product Development – And How to Mitigate Them

on 11/29/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 3 Comments | New Product Introduction
Wouldn’t it be great if developing a new product came with all the rewards of being an innovator, and zero of the downsides? Unfortunately, there are always risks associated with manufacturing – and this is especially true for new products. In this article, we’ll highlight six of the most common risks you may encounter during new product development. More importantly, we’ll explain how you can identify, minimize, and potentially even avoid some of these risks and get your product to market quickly.
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Illuminating the World of Flexible Light Technology

on 11/22/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Custom Converting Membrane Switch
Let there be light. That can be easier said than done for product designers and engineers as devices become more compact and portable than ever. A few months ago, we invited Mark Darby on our Better Product Solutions Podcast. Mark is the Vice President of Sales for Lumitex. We had an illuminating discussion on flexible light technology, which is a great solution for medical, medical devices, transportation, and many other industries.
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How Prototyping Improves Product Development and Manufacturing

on 11/15/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing New Product Introduction
Seeing is believing. That’s why a prototype can be a powerful – and often imperative – tool when creating a new product. You likely already appreciate how producing an early model can help speed up and refine the development process. But did you know that prototyping can also enhance the manufacturability of your product and streamline the transition to full-scale production?
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Understanding Thermal Runaway – and Solutions for Designing Safer Batteries

on 11/2/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Electronics Materials Custom Converting
According to the classic TV show, The Jetsons, we’re a mere four decades away from driving flying cars. While that may be science-fiction, the era of electronic vehicles (EV) is much more realistic. The global EV market increased 43% from 2019 to 2020 – and hit the 10 million stock milestone in the process. Considering that this growth occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s safe to say that the future is now when it comes to electric vehicles. One key driver of the growth and mainstream consumer adoption of EVs is advancements in battery technology. Today’s batteries (and therefore vehicles) offer higher capacity, extended driving range, improved motor performance, and faster charging. However, one drawback to high-powered batteries that can present a design challenge – and even potential safety hazard – is thermal runaway.
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Podcast: Lou Brossard of Curbell Plastics on Light Management Film

on 10/27/21 1:39 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Podcast Graphic Overlays
In this episode Lou Brossard, the Senior Product Specialist from Curbell Plastics joins us. Lou specializes in films and tapes, and discusses the markets and applications for light management films. Lou also explains how light diffusion works, the technology behind it, and what needs to be considered with the selection of films when it’s being incorporated into a new project or design.
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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 | 2 Comments | 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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