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10 Benefits of Membrane Switches for User Interfaces

on 11/17/20 8:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Membrane Switch
First impressions can make a lasting impact. When it comes to most electronic equipment, the initial experience a user may have is with the interface. At the same time, device manufacturers need the user interface to fit within the product’s overall design and budget. Often, a membrane switch is a solution that checks all the boxes and satisfies everyone.
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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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Podcast: Bill Sullivan on Films, Coatings & Launching Products Faster

on 10/9/20 8:19 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Custom Converting Printed Electronics Podcast
In this episode of The Better Product Solutions Podcast, we speak with Bill Sullivan, Executive Vice President, Business and Technology Discovery at FLEXcon. In this podcast, Bill gives us a breakdown of more functional technologies to films and coatings, some of the capabilities bringing new technology to the forefront and how to help brand owners launch products faster.
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The Challenges of Sticking to Skin – And How to Overcome Them

on 10/7/20 9:21 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Wearables Printing Custom Converting
On a recent episode of our Better Product Solution Podcast, 3M’s Senior Product Development Engineer Bret Ludwig joined us to talk about advancements and opportunities in wearable skin tape and adhesives. One of the many fascinating topics that he discussed was how challenging it can be for a product to stick to skin. Here’s a quick clip.
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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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How to Boost Medical Scans & Procedures Accuracy: Radiopaque Markers

on 8/20/20 7:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Wearables Printing Custom Converting Printed Indicators
Medical knowledge and technology have advanced at incredible rates. Many of today’s routine tests and procedures would have been unimaginable just a few decades ago. Yet with all the innovation, people are still the heart of our medical care. And that means human error is always a possibility. Take, for instance, the field of spinal surgery. According to a 2014 survey by the North American Spine Society (NASS), 68% of respondents stated that at some point in their careers, they performed either wrong-level exposures or wrong-level surgeries on the spine. Not only can inaccurate procedures be extremely harmful to patients but resulting lawsuits can result in damages over $1 million. Mistakes can happen in any area of medicine. While there are numerous factors that can cause them, many are preventable. One strategy is improving the accuracy of testing and procedures with radiopaque markers.
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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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Where to Find Medical Device Components in the Real World

When working on a medical device, we are often so focused on our specific task or responsibility, it can be easy to lose sight of where your efforts fit into the big picture. But the reality is, what you’re making is being used in the real world by real people – whether directly by a patient or to help a medical professional do their job more effectively or efficiently. To keep this in perspective, here are a few common medical device components and the value that they provide.  
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