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Katie Sullivan

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Die-Cut Solutions for Rapid Diagnostic Testing

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Jun 22, 2020 8:45:00 AM

 Point-of-care and rapid diagnostic testing are increasingly important in the areas of disease detection, treatment monitoring, and preventative care. This market is particularly important as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative that components of these devices and test kits are reliable and of the highest quality.

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Topics: Foams, medical device, Medical PSA, 3m tape

Material Highlight: BISCO HT-800 Medium Silicone Foam

Posted by Katie Sullivan

May 27, 2020 12:02:32 PM

Per the Rogers Corporation Website, Rogers “BISCO HT-800 Medium Cellular Silicone offers the lightness of foam with the enhanced sealing capabilities of sponge rubber.” In this post, we are going to dive a little deeper into this excellent material.

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Topics: Foams, LED Lighting, BISCO Silicone, Silicone

Silicone Rubber, a Low Surface Energy Material

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Mar 31, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Silicone Rubber, a "Low Surface Energy" Elastomer, what does this mean?

Silicone is a high performance elastomer with the ability to withstand extreme temperatures, both high and low. It also naturally repels, which makes it an excellent choice for a water seal or a moisture barrier. However, this also makes silicone tricky to bond to other surfaces.

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Surface Energy, Foams, BISCO Silicone, Silicone

3M Die-Cut Tapes

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Feb 13, 2020 9:00:00 AM

3M Die-Cut Tapes

M arian die cuts millions of components containing 3M tapes. 3M die-cut tapes are used in countless applications across many industries. 3M offers one of the most innovative portfolios of tape products in the world including double-sided tapes, single-sided tapes, adhesive transfer tapes, 3M™ VHB™ tapes, and double-sided foam tapes. While 3M tapes can be applied utilizing rolls of material, there are many scenarios where a die-cut component can greatly improve placement efficiency and accuracy. 
 

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Topics: Acrylic Foam Tape, Die-Cutting, Application Story, 3M, 3m tape

Sealed Devices: Venting Solutions For IP Rated Enclosures

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Dec 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

IP Rated Enclosures: Venting Solutions

Sensors, controllers and other electronic elements are being integrated into devices across virtually every industry. Many of these products are made for use in conditions where they may be exposed to extreme temperatures, rain, wind, dust, and moisture. (See application story about "smart" shipping pallets linked at the bottom of this post.) Designing such products requires that the container or enclosure holding the electronic components be completely sealed. Exposure to harsh elements could cause a product failure. 

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, manufacturing techniques, IP Rating, Vent Material, Automated Assembly, ingress protection, PTFE membrane

Where there is a Need for Automated Assembly… Marian Can Help!

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Oct 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Custom Die-cut Parts for Automated Assembly

Among numerous assembly options, automated assembly is often the method of choice for many of our customers. Automated placement is used for projects with very high volumes where precise placement is critical. Automated assembly can also significantly increase assembly speed and efficiency.

Marian designs and manufactures custom components to fit seamlessly into our customers’ automated assembly process. We can modify many different aspects of the final part and packaging from liner type, part spacing and orientation, and quantity of parts per roll.  

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Topics: Foams, Die-Cutting, AccuPlace, Automated Assembly

4 Insulating Materials for use in EV Batteries

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Aug 27, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Improvements are being made to the lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles. Car makers are developing more powerful lithium-ion batteries that have increased range and charge more rapidly. Along with these improvements, enhancing safety is becoming increasingly urgent for electric vehicle development.  As mentioned in our previous blog post, 11 Considerations when Selecting Thermal Interface Materials for Electric Vehicle Li-Ion Batteries, Li-ion batteries produce a significant amount of heat while in use and while charging. Along with the use of thermal management materials, placing protective engineered flame retardant insulating materials between the components of the battery cell, module, and pack can offer additional thermal and electrical insulating protection. However, adding such materials can be challenging due to space and weight constraints.

In this post we outline four materials that can enhance the safety of lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles.  Some shared characteristics of these four materials are listed below. 

  • ultra-thin
  • light weight
  • electrically and thermally insulating
  • flame retardant
  • can be die-cut and laminated with PSA

Read further for additional detail about each material.

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Topics: Thermal Management, EV, HEV, Material selection, Insulators

Rapid Prototyping Methods- Advantages and Disadvantages

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Aug 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Prototypes are typically produced in relatively small quantities and used by our customers to verify design, evaluate material choices, and build prototypes of their assembly.

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Topics: manufacturing techniques, Die-Cutting, prototype, Laser cutting

Masking with Die-Cuts vs. Strips: Video Demonstration

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Jul 26, 2019 3:49:22 PM

When masking an area with precision and over-masking is unacceptable, custom die-cut masks prove to be the best solution. This video shows a direct comparison of the masking process with strips/knife versus masking with a die-cut part with a split liner. You'll see this demonstration proves that masking with a custom die-cut is easier, faster, more accurate, and safer. 

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, Masking, Die-Cut Masking, 3M

PORON® EVExtend 4701-43RL, 43HBF For Use In EV/HEV Li-ion Pouch Cell Batteries

Posted by Katie Sullivan

May 29, 2019 1:01:15 PM

PORON® EVExtend 4701-43RL, and 4701-43HBF

Our valued material supplier, Rogers Corporation, has released PORON® EVExtend 4701-43RL polyurethane foam material. This is an ideal battery pad material for EV/HEV li-ion pouch cell batteries. The EXExtend 4701-43HBF offers an increased flammability rating of HBF, or HF1 (product dependant). 

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Topics: Foams, PORON Foam, EV, HEV, Material selection