Flexible Solutions

NEW 3M™ Electrically Conductive Tapes for EMI/RFI Solutions

Posted by Ben Hvidston

April 4, 2024 11:03 AM

EMI and RFI materials play an important role in preventing interference to devices with electronic components, and as technology continues advancing, the materials used in these applications must also support these advancements.

The Electronics Materials Division at 3M™ introduced three innovative electrically conductive tapes:

  • 3M tape 5113SFT-50
  • 3M tape 5113DFT-50
  • 3M tape 1050TC-25
These additions enhance 3M's already impressive lineup of electrically conductive tapes, introducing notable features and improvements to their current product offerings.
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Topics: EMI Shielding, Material selection, 3M, Foil Tape, Electronics, Electrically Conductive Tapes

Custom Converted Solutions for Electronic Applications

Posted by Brook Girkin

March 4, 2024 1:00 PM

In the fast-paced world, electronics are now integrated into almost every aspect of human life. Solutions ensuring optimal performance and longevity are necessary to meet consumers’ expectations. Many converted electronic components are made using materials that address various challenges faced by electronics applications, including thermal management, electromagnetic interference (EMI), surface protection, and more.

Take a look below to see some of the custom solutions that enhance performance and function in applications with electronic components.

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Topics: Thermal Management, Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Foams, EMI Shielding, Surface Protection, Vent Material, die cutting, thermal pad, thermal interface material, gasket, Films, Electronics

Bio-Based Tapes and Foams: Greener Component Manufacturing

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

January 3, 2024 11:39 AM

As interest from consumers to purchase products that are sustainably sourced and manufactured grows, companies around the globe are modifying their practices to include measures and policies to reduce their carbon footprint.

As a result, bio-based tapes and foams are emerging as more sustainable alternatives to traditional petroleum-based products in industrial manufacturing. As these new subsets of materials draw more attention, some of our key supplier partners like Shihua®, tesa®, and Saint-Gobain have expanded their product lines to include bio-based materials.

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Foams, Material selection, PSA, Sustainable Materials

Clean Room Manufacturing: Converting for Medical Applications

Posted by Brook Girkin

December 4, 2023 12:00 PM

 
What are Clean Rooms?

Clean rooms are controlled environments designed to maintain low levels of airborne particles and contaminants. They are used in a wide range of industries where cleanliness is paramount, including medical, electronics, biotechnology, aerospace, and more.

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Topics: manufacturing techniques, medical device, die cutting, wound care device, assembly, medical, clean room, converting

Why P-THERM® Gap Fillers Are Essential for EV Battery Design

Posted by Ben Hvidston

November 1, 2023 8:45 AM

The rapid advancement of the electric vehicle (EV) market is no secret, and to keep pace with this progress, OEMs seek cutting-edge thermal management solutions that perform well and come at a reasonable cost.

Among essential materials used for heat management in EV batteries, thermal gap fillers play a crucial role. Marian collaborates with suppliers like Polymer Science, whose partnership allows for development of high-quality gap filler materials along with various other essential materials for managing heat in electric vehicles.

We sat down with John Biddle, Vice President of Product Development at Polymer Science for a Q&A session where we delved into their contributions to the production of thermal management material and the benefits they bring to the EV world.

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Topics: Thermal Management, EV, battery, Material selection, thermal interface material, Electric Vehicle, Thermal Gap Filler Pads, Automotive, Polymer Science

Complex EV Battery Components

Posted by Brook Girkin

July 31, 2023 4:01 PM

Combining Intricate Laminations to Create Multifunctional Parts

Electric vehicles (EVs) continue to experience a sharp growth trajectory, generating process advancements and additional application requirements and needs. Marian has developed improved solutions to meet the industry’s most critical necessities for battery longevity and passenger safety. Below we examine some of these requirements and the complex, die-cut EV components Marian manufactures to overcome common challenges related to the battery.

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Topics: Thermal Management, Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, EV, battery, die cutting, thermal pad, Formex, assembly

5 Factors to Help Us Determine Your Die Cutting Process

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

June 2, 2023 8:43 AM

At Marian, we've developed and mastered numerous die cutting methods for manufacturing custom gaskets, seals, filters, vents, shields, thermal pads, etc. for our customers.

With a 25,000 square foot machine shop at our headquarters in Indianapolis and a full staff of machinists and electrical engineers at each of our locations around the globe, we are equipped to manufacture the highest-quality die-cut components using innovative, thin, flexible materials. Take a look at some of the die cutting processes we use to manufacture custom components and the application questions we ask our customers to help choose the best manufacturing process for their parts.

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Topics: manufacturing techniques, die cutting, Laser cutting, Rotary

What You Should Know About Rotary Die Cutting

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

December 13, 2022 8:30 AM

The Basics of the Rotary Die Cutting Process

Rotary die cutting is a common process used to manufacture simple two-dimensional labels, but rotary die cutting is used for more than just labels. Marian uses rotary die cutting to manufacture complex custom 3D components with multiple layers of differing geometries used in some of your favorite everyday products.

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Topics: die cutting, Rotary

5 Things to Know About Wound Care Device Manufacturing

Posted by Katie Sullivan

November 2, 2022 11:26 AM

Many wound care device companies start with an innovative idea. Turning that idea into a mass-produced product can be extremely challenging. This concept is familiar to KitoTech Medical,a Seattle-based medical device company that develops wound care products. Kitotech was founded by Ronald Berenson, MD. Dr. Berenson is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years in biotech and medical device industry. Marian is proud to call KitoTech Medical a valued customer.

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Topics: medical device, Medical PSA, Skin-Contact PSA, wound care device, FDA Registered

Protect Against EMI with Die-Cut Foil Tapes

Posted by Katie Sullivan

June 8, 2022 8:26 AM

There are many EMI shielding materials to choose from when determining how to effectively control EMI within an electronic device. In this post, we focus on die-cut foil tapes for EMI shielding. Foil tapes with conductive adhesive provide effective shielding properties as the thin foil layer ensures good electrical contact with the component surface. Let's take a look deeper at EMI and why foil tapes may be the best-suited material for your application. 

What is EMI and Why is it Important?

Electromagnetic interference is unwanted “noise” or interference in an electrical path or circuit caused by an outside source. EMI can be caused by natural or man-made sources and can cause electronics to malfunction or to completely stop working. Therefore, EMI shielding and grounding components are important pieces in the design of electronic devices. 

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Topics: EMI Shielding, Foil Tape