Flexible Solutions

Does Die-Cut Masking Make Sense For You?

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

Nov 15, 2018 2:50:41 PM

Masking can seem like a "simple" process that is often accomplished with masking tape slit to common widths and applied by hand to protect surfaces from paint, contamination, or damage. Similar to surface protection tapes, masking materials are often discarded long before the final product reaches the customer. So what benefits are seen by changing from rolls of tape to die-cuts specific for your application?

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Topics: Die-Cut Masking, Masking, Surface Protection

On-Demand Webinar: Die-Cut Surface Protection Solutions

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

Aug 16, 2018 9:17:40 AM


Marian recently hosted a 30 minute webinar with tesa® that discussed a number of surface protection materials, their key features, and the benefits your company can see by implementing die-cuts into your processes and final products. Watch our webinar, and as an added bonus, request a FREE prototype and speak with one of our material experts.
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Topics: Surface Protection, Webinar

ISODAMP™- Your Next Damping Solution

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

Jul 18, 2018 11:19:45 AM

Similar to other foams, rubbers, and silicons, ISODAMP™ materials provide damping solutions for products that produce or are exposed to vibration or shock. Unlike generic materials though, ISODAMP offers some unique features and benefits because it is specially engineered for damping purposes. Whatever the source of negative energy, the impact or constant strain can be an annoyance to customers, a safety hazard, or even detrimental to your product’s useful life.

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Topics: Damping

Pressure Equalization and Protective Vent Material Selection

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

May 18, 2018 1:14:32 PM

Changes in altitude, humidity, temperature, and atmospheric pressure can cause the internal pressure of a sealed enclosure to increase or decrease significantly. Engineers integrate vents into the design of their enclosures to equalize the pressure and prevent problems such as condensation (and shorting of electronics), fogging, discoloration, leaks (failure of the seal), and other failures. Learn how to keep these issues from arising with the help of protective vents.

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Topics: Vent Material

Worth the Investment? - Surface Protection Materials

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

Mar 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM


Many product manufacturers choose to protect critical product surfaces with custom cut surface protection films and tapes, but why invest in materials that may be disposed of before ever reaching the hands of the final customer? While this is sometimes the case, surface protection materials add more value to your products than you may realize.
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Topics: Surface Protection

Open-Cell or Closed-Cell Foam: Which is Best?

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

Jan 31, 2018 8:46:26 AM

At Marian, we recommend materials based on a product’s application. This is certainly true when it comes to foam materials for use as a gasket.  This means in order to recommend the best material, our first step is to understand the conditions, forces, stress and other requirements the gasket will experience in your end product.

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Topics: Foams

New success story: Silicone Gasket for Navigation/ Infotainment module

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Nov 8, 2017 12:22:44 PM

We have published a new success story!  In this story, the customer required a static seal for a navigation module that would be contained and used on the exterior of a recreational vehicle.  The exterior navigation/infotainment module would be exposed to outdoor elements including extreme temperature swings, rain, wind and dust.  The gasket was required to perform as designed for the life expectancy of the class A RV.  This can be more than 10 years!  

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Topics: BISCO Silicone, Foams, Silicone

Top 5 Reasons you should be Prototyping with Marian

Posted by Andrew Bonar

Oct 27, 2017 4:22:39 PM

Let's get straight to the point!

Here are 5 reasons you should be prototyping with Marian:

  1. Speed-to-Prototype and material expertise is part of our culture and business plan
  2. We stock hundreds of materials that are readily available for prototyping
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Topics: manufacturing techniques

Choosing a Medical PSA (skin- contact pressure sensitive adhesive)

Posted by Emily Hall

Jul 14, 2017 8:44:14 AM

 

Ever wonder why hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare providers don’t just use duct tape for bandages, wound care, and device fixation? Well, there are many reasons, but first try sticking it to skin and peeling it off. The main reason is simple: duct tape does not use a medical grade pressure sensitive adhesive.

Medical adhesives must be skin-friendly, non-migratory, with a variable degree of initial tack and peel adhesion. Ease of removal, breathability and durability also differentiate medical adhesives from other types of tapes.

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Topics: medical device, Silicone, Skin-Contact PSA

Marian’s EMI Shielding Solutions Aid in Containment and Control

Posted by Andrew Bonar

Jun 19, 2017 8:15:53 AM

The struggle between the world and electromagnetic interference (EMI) is endless. EMI consistently attempts to sabotage our most critical technologies in the aerospace, mass transit, medical, and military industries.

EMI engages us through maneuvers such as: radio transmitters, electric motors, power lines, fluorescent lights and computer circuits. Through these maneuvers, EMI generates electromagnetic disturbances, signals and emissions that cause undesired responses or degradation of performance in electrical and electronic equipment. This occurrence leads to system malfunctions and failures, which can threaten the performance of life support devices, military radio frequencies and aircraft flight controls – to name a few examples. Malfunctioning or failure of these types of systems, triggered by EMI, can be problematic, dangerous and life-threatening.

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Topics: Foams, Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, EMI Shielding