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Thinking Lean and Green – Sustainability in Manufacturing

on 11/11/20 1:04 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing
Manufacturing is undoubtedly important to our modern lives by creating the majority of the products we rely on every day. However, it’s also important to acknowledge that our industry plays a role in the growing concern over climate change. According to the EPA, industry is responsible for 22% of greenhouse gas emissions, just behind transportation (28%) and electricity (27%). Of course, this is just one example of how human activity can impact the environment, and we must consider all avenues to protect our natural resources.
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Super Material: Benefits and Applications of Printing on Tyvek®

on 10/21/20 8:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Technology Printing
In the movies, superheroes rely on their special powers to overcome challenges and, in the end, save the day. Of course, we understand that the ability to fly, invisibility, and super-speed are purely fiction. In the real world of industrial and durable printing, there is a certain product that seems to have an array of material superpowers. But in the case of Tyvek®, it comes down to scientific innovation, rather than science-fiction.
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Getting the Most Out of In-Mold Decorating

on 10/13/20 6:41 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing In-Mold Decorating
Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.” It’s an excellent credo to live life by, but it also applies to product design. One manufacturing process, in particular, that requires expertise and attention to detail is in-mold decorating (IMD). When done correctly, IMD can yield impressive results. But if certain considerations aren’t followed, the outcome may not be what you expected.
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How to Improve Product Design and Performance With Converted Foams

on 10/1/20 7:42 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Custom Converting
The saying is true – good things can come in small packages. In today’s marketplace, devices are simultaneously getting smaller and more powerful. However, compact products pose a wide range of design challenges and complexities. The good news is that in many cases, the solution is surprisingly simple: foam.
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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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