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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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8 Things to Consider When Ordering a Product Label

on 2/13/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Printing
While developing a product, a label may be the last component you think about – but it is often the first one your user will see or experience. For this reason, and more, creating the right label should not be an afterthought. In fact, with the right partner, a high-quality printed label can enhance your product in many ways.
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Why You Need a UL Authorized Label Printer

on 2/4/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing
What makes a good product? You can argue that it has to be functional, easy-to-use, durable, or innovative. These are all excellent traits. But one undebatable attribute that every product must have is safety. No matter your industry, the safety of your product is something you have to consider – and perhaps even demonstrate. One of the best ways to do both is by getting your product certified by UL. But before you can put the prestigious circle mark on your product, you also have to make sure that your printer is approved by UL.
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Different Printing Methods – And How to Choose the Right One For Your Application

on 1/29/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Printing
From toothpaste to cars to mobile phones, when it comes to buying almost any product these days, there’s no shortage of choices. But sometimes having so many options in front of you can be confusing and even overwhelming. The same thing can be said about choosing an industrial printing method. Printing is a very general term because it includes any process that transfers an original image – such as a film negative or positive, electronic memory, stencil, die, or plate – to paper or another substrate. This can be done on the product itself or the packaging. There are numerous printing methods and technologies available to manufacturers – and each has its unique strengths and benefits. Here is a quick guide on how to determine the best printing solution for your application.
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What Makes Industrial Printing Different Than Graphical Printing?

on 1/27/20 10:17 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing
When you hear the word “printing,” what comes to mind? You likely imagine some type of graphical printing where ink is placed on a substrate for artistic purposes or to convey static information. There are countless applications for this method of printing, from business cards to apparel to packaging to signage. However, there is another type of printing that is rapidly growing yet still underutilized by manufacturers – functional printing, sometimes referred to as industrial printing. With advancements in technology, functional printing has the potential to improve quality, shorten production time, and reduce labor costs.
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Benefits of Using a Materials Converter for Your Manufacturing

on 12/10/19 2:41 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Custom Converting
Product designers are continually challenged to develop the “next big thing.” However, novel products call for new, complex components. That leaves OEMs with two options: either invest in additional equipment and labor to manufacture the components in-house, or outsource the task to a custom materials converter. More and more, forward-thinking companies are opting for the latter. In this article, we’ll discuss the advantages of partnering with an experienced converter.
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What to Expect When Working with a Custom Converter

on 12/10/19 2:39 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Custom Converting
One of the many benefits of working with a custom converter is tapping into your partner’s material expertise. Through consultation and collaboration, a converter should be able to help you identify the ideal materials and converting processes for your specific application – instead of modifying your design to accommodate available stock components. If you’re new to working with a custom materials converter, here’s a quick idea of how the process works.
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