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An Introduction to Manufacturing Readiness Levels

on 3/29/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing
If you were embarking on a long road trip, would you rely on GPS or just “wing it” when planning your route? Of course, it’s always better to have a plan. The same can be said in manufacturing. In our industry, the trusty map is called the Manufacturing Readiness Levels assessment.
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6 Ways to Start a Manufacturing Career in Printing

on 3/15/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Careers
The New Year is all about a fresh start and exciting opportunities. If one of your resolutions is to begin a new career, we encourage you to consider the manufacturing and industrial printing industries. Why? For starters, according to a report from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, 2.4 million unfilled jobs are expected to be available by 2028. That skills gap means there are promising opportunities for those entering the field in the next few years. There are many other reasons why now’s a great time to start a career in manufacturing.
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Choosing the Best Sterilization Method for Your Product

on 3/1/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Printed Indicators
We all know that cleanliness is next to godliness, but it’s also imperative to many products, especially medical devices, electronics, and industrial equipment. After a product is manufactured, shipped, store, and handled, there’s no telling how many germs or contaminations are on the surface. That’s where sterilization comes in.
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6 Restaurant Skills That Translate to a Career in Manufacturing

on 2/22/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Careers
While the majority of businesses have been affected one way or another by COVID-19, one of the hardest-hit industries has been foodservice. As of January, the restaurant industry had 2.5 million fewer jobs than it did in February 2020, right before the pandemic hit. If you work in the restaurant industry and have either been laid off or are worried about ongoing uncertainty, it’s understandable to be thinking about a career switch. One industry that you may want to consider is manufacturing, especially if job security is an important factor in your next career choice.
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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 | 0 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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3 Factors That Affect the Cost of a Membrane Switch

on 2/8/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Membrane Switch
"How much does it cost to make a membrane switch?” It’s a common question we get from customers (and likely one you’re pondering if you’re reading this article). Unfortunately, the short answer is…it depends. Since membrane switches are custom-made and include so many variables, it’s not feasible to provide a clear-cut estimate without first reviewing the specifications and discussing a few areas. However, based on our experience, three main factors impact the cost of manufacturing a membrane switch.
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Steve Davis Interview on New York State Manufacturing Now Podcast

on 1/27/21 1:35 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Tapecon News Podcast
This is a unique edition of the Better Product Solutions Podcast in which we're actually just sharing Steve's appearance on the New York State Manufacturing Now podcast by FuzeHub from August 21, 2019. Steve provides an overview of Tapecon's history and capabilities in the printing and converting space. He also provides some insight into Tapecon's culture and some of the challenges it faces on the workforce development front. He was interviewed by Steve Melito from FuzeHub.
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9 Questions to Ask When Designing a Membrane Switch

on 1/8/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Membrane Switch
When you watch someone who has mastered their craft – whether it’s artistic, athletic, or another endeavor – the performance can seem effortless. Of course, what you don’t see is the countless hours of work to make the complex appear simple.
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Graphic Overlay Options for Membrane Switches

on 1/4/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Membrane Switch
What’s more important – style or substance? If you’re talking about membrane switches, it’s actually a trick question because you can have both, thanks to the graphic overlay. Allow us to explain why this hardworking component of a membrane switch is way more than just a pretty face.
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Membrane Switches 101: Conductive Inks and Printed Circuits

on 12/21/20 8:15 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printed Electronics Membrane Switch
Membrane switches are impressive components that operate a wide array of electronic devices – from the microwaves inside our homes to life-saving medical equipment in our hospitals to heavy-duty industrial machinery. However, no matter the environment or desired outcome, every membrane switch shares a few basic – yet imperative – features. To create a functional user interface, a membrane switch is composed of a sequence of thin layers. However, you could argue that the most important layer is the circuit made from conductive inks printed on a flexible substrate. Without these elements, a membrane switch wouldn’t be able to take input from the user and control the operation of the product. So today, we’re taking a deeper look at conductive inks and printed circuits.
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