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Empowering Remote Patient Monitoring with Flexible Printed Electronics

Telemedicine was already on the rise even before COVID-19 hit. However, it’s one thing for a medical professional to consult with a patient virtually – it’s a bigger challenge to perform diagnostics and monitoring from a distance. As our population grows and ages, along with the increasing rates of chronic health issues, our healthcare system is at risk of being overwhelmed. One strategy to keep up with demand and reduce overall cost is with remote patient monitoring.
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Manufacturing in a Cleanroom to Prevent Product Contamination

on 9/1/20 10:23 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Custom Converting Quality
Cleanliness and contamination have taken on completely new meanings in 2020. However, these ideas have always been important in the manufacturing realm – and not necessarily to prevent the spread of viruses. When making products with sensitive components or to strict industry regulations, finding a reliable and certified cleanroom manufacturing partner is critical to your success.
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Get the Best of Both Worlds With Flexible Hybrid Electronics

on 8/12/20 7:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Technology Printing Printed Electronics
There’s an old saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.” In other words, when faced with two good options, you must choose one – you can’t have both. How does this relate to product design and manufacturing? Well, for some time, there were two distinct camps of electronics: conventional rigid circuits and flexible printed circuits. The former delivered higher performance while the latter offered a more pliable form factor. However, a new option has emerged: flexible hybrid electronics (FHE). This rapidly developing technology is expected to reach a value of over $3 billion by 2020 (IDTechEx).
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Alan Davis Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Manufacturing

on 7/22/20 3:48 PM By | Casey Cephas | 3 Comments | Manufacturing Community Involvement
Alan Davis, Chairman of Tapecon, was recently awarded the Buffalo Business First Lifetime Achievement Award in Manufacturing! This award honors outstanding contributions to manufacturing in Buffalo during an individual's career.
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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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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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