Flexible Solutions

Lynn Zeheralis

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Bio-Based Tapes and Foams: Greener Component Manufacturing

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

Jan 3, 2024 11:39:45 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

5 Factors to Help Us Determine the Die Cutting Process for Your Parts

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

Jun 2, 2023 8:43:04 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

Dec 13, 2022 8:30:00 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

How Can Marian's Global Footprint Benefit You?

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

May 10, 2019 9:15:06 AM

From Locations Across the World, Marian Delivers a Successful Solution to HumanWare 

It's difficult to prove the true value of working with a company that has a large global footprint. This application story demonstrates how Marian's global footprint paired with quick action by our material experts resulted in an effective solution for HumanWare, who was on a tight timeline. In just 7 days from initial contact, Marian was able to work through the design and material selection processes, rapidly manufacture prototypes, and deliver a preliminary order of die-cut parts.

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Topics: die cutting, Application Story, Global Footprint

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: Surface Protection, Masking, Die-Cut Masking

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 many of their surface protection films and tapes, including 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

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

Die-Cut Surface Protection Materials: Worth the Investment?

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, Films

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

Posted by Lynn Zeheralis

Jan 31, 2018 8:46:26 AM

When selecting a foam for your application, have you every wondered if open or closed-cell foams are better? 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