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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 | 0 Comments | 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
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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12 Reasons Why Now’s the Time to Reshore Your Outsourced Manufacturing

on 5/22/20 7:45 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing
American manufacturing is often spoken about like it’s ancient history. Of course, it wasn’t until the 1970-1980s that companies started looking overseas for cheaper, less-regulated labor and production. One of the many lessons that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is that there are significant drawbacks to offshore manufacturing.
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10 Areas to Consider When Selecting a Contract Manufacturer

on 5/13/20 8:28 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Custom Converting
In our personal lives, long-term and valuable relationships are rarely formed based on a single attribute. The same goes for having a productive relationship with a contract manufacturer. While there are numerous benefits to outsourcing manufacturing, it's critical that you select the right partner. To do so, there are also many factors to consider (hint: not just price).
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Designing Products to Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections

on 5/4/20 10:53 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing
The COVID-19 pandemic has swiftly and drastically changed the lives of millions of people around the world. It has also put a spotlight on the fragility of our healthcare system. In addition to implementing social distancing practices and adequate testing, a major concern is protecting patients and frontline medical professionals inside of healthcare facilities.
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Make it Yours – A Guide to Different Custom Converting Processes

on 4/23/20 8:39 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Custom Converting Adhesives Shielding
The more innovative and unique your product is, the more likely that you will need to create new components that aren’t readily available. This may sound like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite practical through custom materials converting. Custom converting is an overarching term that applies to any process that modifies original material to suit your product design. It can be as simple as slicing a sheet of material to a different size, or as complex as combining multiples processes to create an innovative, fully operational product. While the possibilities of custom converting are virtually endless, there are a handful of popular processes you can use.
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Understanding Quality Management Systems and Certifications

on 4/18/20 10:32 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Quality
Legendary basketball coach, John Wooden, once said, "It isn't what you do, but how you do it." This idea not only applies to sports but also manufacturing. In today's competitive, regulated business environment it's not enough to simply make something. Whether it’s a single component or complete product, it matters how you make it, in order to ensure quality, consistency, and compliance. How can you be confident that your manufacturing partner is adhering to the latest industry quality and safety standards? A good place to start is by evaluating the company’s quality management system and certifications.
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