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Case Study: How Tapecon Assessed and Reduced Chemical Footprint

on 12/21/21 12:00 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Quality
In 2021, through a program called the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) run by Clean Production Action (CPA) and funded by a Source Reduction Assistance Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grant, Tapecon assessed the chemical footprint of their industrial cleaning products. Tapecon's printing process requires cleaning products to maintain the printing equipment. These products were analyzed by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
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How Prototyping Improves Product Development and Manufacturing

on 11/15/21 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing New Product Introduction
Seeing is believing. That’s why a prototype can be a powerful – and often imperative – tool when creating a new product. You likely already appreciate how producing an early model can help speed up and refine the development process. But did you know that prototyping can also enhance the manufacturability of your product and streamline the transition to full-scale production?
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Work Cell Manufacturing: How it Works and the Benefits

on 9/20/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing
We’re all looking to work smarter, not harder. In our industry, a popular way to do that is by embracing lean manufacturing. This concept seeks ways to eliminate waste, optimize processes, accelerate production, reduce costs, and quickly deliver products to market. There are many strategies to lean manufacturing, but one that is increasing in popularity is work cell manufacturing. What does this entail, and is it right for your company? Read on to find out.
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Making a Difference – How Manufacturing Careers Enhance Lives

on 6/14/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Careers
Contrary to popular belief, there is no “regular” or “normal” job. Not everyone is interested in working in an office 9-5 or using a computer all day. Instead, there is a wide range of career paths and experiences for you to consider based on your skills and interests. If you’re looking to start a career that allows you to make something authentic and gives you a sense of purpose, consider entering the manufacturing field.
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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 | 1 Comment | 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 | 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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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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