Flexible Solutions

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

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

Sealed Devices: Venting Solutions for IP Rated Enclosures

Posted by Katie Sullivan

December 11, 2019 10:00 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

Rapid Prototyping Methods- Advantages and Disadvantages

Posted by Katie Sullivan

August 12, 2019 9:00 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

Top 5 Reasons you should be Prototyping with Marian

Posted by Andrew Bonar

October 27, 2017 4:22 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. Our experts will start by consulting with you to understand your application and the design of your product. We will then recommend a few materials to test for your application. Provide us with a two-dimensional CAD file of your part, and our teams can quickly get to work on creating your prototype parts.  
  2. We stock hundreds of materials that are readily available for prototyping. Having materials readily available allows us to quickly produce prototype parts. Check out our material data sheets page. We keep stock of most of these materials. Material Data Sheets
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Topics: manufacturing techniques

Die-cut Solutions for Plastic Injection Molders

Posted by Andrew Bonar

June 5, 2017 1:49 PM

Benefits for Plastic Injection Molders: Vendor Consolidation, Value Add Solutions

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

Emblem Attachment Solutions: The Perfect Bond

Posted by Andrew Bonar

May 30, 2017 10:35 AM

Emblem Adhesive Tape Solutions

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. 

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 adhesive tapes to create a strong bond. Using the highest quality 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

Bend, Blend and Reshape Light with Luminit Light Shaping Diffusers

Posted by Katie Sullivan

February 9, 2016 9:30 AM

What is a Light Shaping Diffuser?

Manufactured by Luminit - LSDs are light-diffusing films with patented holographic patterns embedded into optically clear polycarbonate or polyester sheets. These innovative materials homogenize and directionally shape light with high-transmission efficiency.  Applications that could benefit from this technology are LED lighting, architectural lighting, recessed downlighting, signs & displays. Light-diffusing films are available with three types of angles: circular, elliptical, and linear.

  • Circular spread a light source into a larger circular pattern, and for this reason, they are used widely across many industries. 
  • Elliptical diffuser angles include 80 x 50, and 60 x 10. Common applications include hallways and specialty lighting that highlights a specific area. 
  • Linear diffusers, typically 60 x 1 (60 along the width, and 1 along the length) are commonly used in applications where light must be diffused into a line (for example, a bar code scanner). 

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Topics: manufacturing techniques, LED Lighting

The Lowdown on Laser Cutting

Posted by Katie Sullivan

November 17, 2014 10:30 AM

Laser cutting is one of many manufacturing capabilities offered by Marian. Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser beam to cut or etch the shape of a specific design. Laser cutting utilizes CNC (computer numerical control) and/or laser optics to precisely control the pattern being cut in the material.

Rapid Production

There are no tooling requirements or costs for laser cutting. We can utilize a CAD file (.dxf) to produce parts very quickly. If materials are in stock, we can produce parts within 24 hours. This can be very helpful during the prototype and design phases. We can utilize the laser the create small volumes of parts for testing and evaluation.  

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Topics: manufacturing techniques