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Stressed Out? Understanding Shear and Peel Strengths for Adhesives

on 12/27/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Custom Converting Adhesives
Stress is an unavoidable part of life. We all experience it in one way or another, and we all have ways of coping with it. However, product designers and engineers must manage a very distinct type of stress – the force applied to adhesive bonds. While today’s innovative adhesives and tapes are viable alternatives to mechanical fasteners, bonding strength must be considered to ensure optimal performance and durability. In this article, we’ll cover common types of stress that affect adhesive, along with tips for material selection.
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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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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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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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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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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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Igniting Change: How Flame-Retardant Adhesives Benefit Industrial Applications

on 3/23/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 4 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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Taking a Close Look at the Uses and Attributes of Films

on 3/8/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Custom Converting
This time of year is typically “award season” for the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, many awards shows are already postponed due to the pandemic. While we must wait to find out who will take home golden trophies at the Academy Awards, we can recognize a different category of films – the type that plays a supporting role in making all types of products.
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The Fasten-ating Possibilities of Adhesives in Medical and Healthcare Products

on 2/15/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 2 Comments | Manufacturing Custom Converting Fasteners Adhesives
Do you know someone who believes that duct tape fixes everything? It’s a handy product; there’s no question about it. If only there were a similar, do-it-all solution when designing devices for medical and healthcare use. Choosing the best fastening method for your product is no small decision. There are many factors to consider, including design, manufacturing, compliance, safety, and more. However, thanks to impressive material science advancements, adhesives have emerged as a viable, cost-effective replacement over mechanical fasteners.
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7 Things to Consider When Selecting Adhesives

on 11/13/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Custom Converting Adhesives
If you’ve been following our blog, you already know that we are big fans of adhesives. Whether you’re assembling an electronic device or creating a wearable that needs to stick to skin, odds are there’s an adhesive that can fit into your design and improve the functionality or manufacturability of your product.
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