Flexible Solutions

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 in order to equalize the pressure and prevent problems such as condensation (and shorting of electronics), fogging, discoloration, leaks (failure of the seal), and other failures. Keep reading and learn how to keep these issues from arising.

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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 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: Foams, BISCO Silicone, 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, Skin-Contact PSA, Silicone

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: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Foams, EMI Shielding

The Benefits of Plastic Injection Molders Adopting Marian's Die Cut Solutions

Posted by Andrew Bonar

Jun 5, 2017 1:49:02 PM

Why is it so imperative that plastic injection molding companies provide value added services and secondary manufacturing services to their customers after molding their parts? The answer is easy! Many end-customers of plastic injection molders are looking for vendor consolidation and supply chain simplification. They want to cut out and skip steps in their supply chain, sequentially helping to reduce costs and save time!

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Foams, manufacturing techniques, Acrylic Foam Tape, PORON, PORON Foam

Emblem Attachment Solutions: The Perfect Bond

Posted by Andrew Bonar

May 30, 2017 10:35:39 AM

Imagine all the torture and stress an emblem endures in its lifetime. Emblems have to absorb the shock of a car driving over a pothole, the blow of a boat sailing over a wave, the turbulence of a plane flying through a jet stream, and even the vibrations of a running washing machine. The list goes on and on.

Not only must emblems survive those tensions, but also harsh weather conditions. It is no easy task for an emblem to hold its bond or evade cracks during hot summers, cold winters and severe weather storms.

After all the stress an emblem endures, you would expect it to fall off quickly, which it will, unless you use industry leading emblem attachment materials to create a strong bond. Using the best emblem attachment materials ensures an emblem will maintain its longevity and hold a strong bond.

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Foams, manufacturing techniques, Acrylic Foam Tape

Antimicrobial Sealing Gasket - A New Application Story

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Mar 29, 2017 2:05:18 PM

In this newly released application story, a global designer and manufacturer of critical intercommunication devices experienced a gasket failure allowing moisture to leak and compromise the internal components of their console.  

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Topics: Foams, PORON Foam