Category Archive: Custom Manufacturing

Unique Applications for Wearable Health Sensors

When most people think about wearable electronics, the first  image that comes to mind is the smartwatch on their wrist. In reality, there are many highly advanced sensors that are being created in the healthcare sector. They keep track of much more than the number of steps you take, and can provide life-saving data to help doctors assess patient health.

Wearables in Healthcare

There are many applications for wearable sensors, including monitoring neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. These sensors provide clinical grade data from patients regardless of whether they are in a medical office or taking care of errands at home. This can be extremely useful since symptoms may come and go throughout the day, and won’t always be obvious at a doctor’s visit.
Another type of wearable sensor is the UV patch which can monitor sun exposure. The user puts on a slim patch that measures how much UV exposure they’re getting from the sun. Considering most people don’t put on enough sunscreen and many forget to reapply it often enough, this patch can be a great tool for anyone who loves the sun but is concerned about rising skin cancer rates. This can be especially useful as the seasons change, since people are still spending time outdoors but may be less worried about sun exposure in the cooler temperatures.

Sensors in Professional Settings

Wearable sensors have also entered the workplace. Now companies can effectively monitor their workforce and identify risks from poor ergonomics or repetitive movements. If workers are improperly lifting heavy items, or straining regularly throughout the day, it can result in injuries. By tracking worker movement, employers can see where improvement is needed and provide necessary training. This can improve safety and productivity while reducing costs and downtime.
The sports industry has also caught on to this technology and has been using wearable sensors. Riddell, long known for their football sports equipment, is using sensors inside of helmets to determine the impact of hits to a player’s body. To date, Riddell has monitored over two million hits to players. This data can be used to monitor issues such as concussions.
If you have an idea for a new way to use diagnostic sensors, we invite you to get in touch via email at info@techprintinc.com to see how we can help. Techprint’s design and manufacturing capabilities support many custom wearable applications.

The Manufacturing of Force Sensor Resistors

One of the breakthroughs of modern technology, Force Sensor Resistors or FSRs are used in many applications. From keyboards to musical instruments to portable devices in which the output has to be calibrated and produced according to the applied pressure, without FSRs many of the dynamic interactions that we have with our technology units would not exist.
How Do Force Sensor Resistors Work? 
The FSR produces a variable electrical output as force and pressure are applied. It can do this in two ways. One method relies on the printed ink layer compressing, and changing conductivity as force and pressure are applied. The active layer in this design is a low conductivity printed polymer ink, applied in different thicknesses, or in varying patterns to produce the desired result. A second approach is similar to a membrane switch construction, where a highly conductive layer mates with a less conductive one.  As the two surfaces meet, varying amounts of surface area make contact with each other in relation to the force applied.
General Construction:
–          A base substrate layer-usually 75-175 microns.
–          A printed conducting layer-can be minimally or highly conductive.
–          An adhesive/bonding layer-can be full or zoned, depending on sensor design.
–          A top substrate layer- usually 75-175 microns.
The construction described above produces variable resistance values which in turn are used to trigger different response to the receiving electronics. This capability allows design and electrical engineers to create more sophisticated, intuitive, and responsive systems for monitoring, alerting, or protecting the user or the equipment it controls.
Sensor Resistors Work
Techprint is an ISO 9001 certified market leader that brings only the best to its customers. We have made a name for ourselves manufacturing products as per custom requirements. To this end we have acquired considerable prowess in the sector of manufacturing top notch FSRs, testing them in house for faults and performance and then using them in keyboards and membrane switches for a tactile experience that is unparalleled.
Contact us here to learn more about our FSR capabilities, and all of the services we offer.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest company news and information.

What Does the Suspension of the Medical Device Tax Mean for the Industry?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act implemented in 2013 included a medical device excise tax which imposed a 2.3% tax on domestic sales of medical devices. The tax, paid for by the manufacturers or importers, was expected to generate billions of dollars to support healthcare but the revenues fell short and the tax took its toll on manufacturers and the industry.
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The tax was suspended in December with the signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2016 and a 2-year moratorium on the tax is in effect from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017. Now that the tax is on hold, how will the industry react?
Research and consulting firm GlobalData took a look at this and believes that small and mid-sized companies will benefit greatly from the suspension. The tax was very costly to smaller companies who cut research and development efforts, laid off workers, and reduced plans for expansion. Funds companies would have invested into product development and innovation were redirected to pay the tax.
Now that this issue is on hold, the industry is already seeing investments being put back into product portfolios and building businesses back up to pre-tax levels. Medical device companies in all sectors are looking to hire new workers to fill newly created jobs.
The money manufacturers would have paid to the tax is now an investment in adding jobs, improving product research, and increasing sales. With additional money being directed to Research & Development, the industry and the consumer benefit. To develop life-saving medical technologies, companies require operating revenue to grow and advance new technologies.
The positive reaction from industry leaders and government officials may lead to a permanent repeal of the tax once the suspension period is over. With additional funds available, we can expect to see medical device companies returning to the business of innovation and technological advancements that benefit us all. At Techprint, we are looking to take advantage of this by providing custom products for OEMS in the medical device market. Medical device customers account for 40% of our business so we are glad to see this tax suspended for our customers. Take a look at our website for our full capabilities.

Getting to Know Techprint’s General Printing Capabilities

It’s not always easy to find a company that can combine experience, quality, and innovation. At Techprint, we think we bring our customers all three. As an ISO9001:2008 certified manufacturer, Techprint has 40 years of experience when it comes to a wide range of custom, specialty printed graphics, and electronic products. Let’s take a closer look at what Techprint can do for you.

Screen Printing
Techprint offers both high-quality sheet fed and roll-to-roll screen printing.

Sheet Fed Screen Printing
Our sheet fed screen printing is one of the most versatile methods of commercial and industrial printing available. Techprint’s innovative screen printing services are perfect for printing on a wide variety of materials, with our specialty being plastic film and sheet. We use this method to create durable labels, graphic overlays, membrane switches, and a variety printed electronic products.

Roll-to-Roll Screen Printing
Techprint’s roll-to-roll screen printing is an excellent choice for membrane switch assemblies, flexible circuits, RFID antennas, and other electronics products. This printing process offers unprecedented throughput. Printed products can be presented on rolls or converted into individual parts.

Flexographic Printing
Our sophisticated 4-color and 6-color printing methods offers users a professional edge for all their corporate and product branding needs. We can print on almost any type of label stock, and offer laminating and converting capabilities. Our flexographic printing process is fast and highly economical.

Digital Printing
If you are looking for short-run or low-volume print jobs, digital printing is the way to go. Techprint offers quality digital printing services that can handle various forms of digital printing options including UV ink jet, piezo ink jet, laser, and thermal transfer. Our digital printing presses are specialized to print on a variety of plastic materials.

Pad Printing
A popular printing method with our medical device and electronic component industry clients. is perfect for printing in 3-D parts as well as decorating or finishing. Extremely fine detail and multicolor requirement are easily achievable with pad printing.

On top of these outstanding printing capabilities, Techprint also offers die cutting, rotary die cutting, laser cutting, laminating, embossing, CNC routing, molding, and contract mechanical assembly. If you want to learn more about what Techprint can do for you and your company, please visit our website or contact one of our commercial and industrial printing experts today!

Techprint: Quality Customization and Support, From Beginning to End

Techprint Incorporated is a complete custom manufacturer of specialty graphics and printed electronic products, providing 100% design, manufacturing, and support from beginning to end. We do not sell stock items, but instead provide our clients with completely customized products, acting as a manufacturing partner for our customers. Whether you have specifications you want us to work from, existing parts, or something you need designed from scratch, we can handle every aspect of the process. We use our 38 years of product design and manufacturing knowledge to meet your product requirements.
At Techprint, we provide high quality engineering support, graphic design, and product development. If you are having trouble with the design of a product, we can take over and solve the problem. We will provide you with prototypes and first articles, then make the production units and provide support throughout the life cycle of the finished product. We also provide testing, packaging, and fulfillment.
We work with customers in any given industry. Techprint manufactures custom keyboard interface products used in medical devices, and incorporates a touch pad or track ball with key configurations, custom made to any particular size necessary. We warehouse products in our facilities in the US and Hong Kong, and distribute products worldwide
We are constantly following the latest developments and industry trends, expanding our services and equipment accordingly. We are growing significantly in the printed electronics market, and have complete capabilities to design, develop, and manufacture printed circuits , bio-sensors, pressure sensors, and more. We make a variety of agency-approved, and UL-approved labels and graphic overlay products. Techprint is ISO9001:2008 certified, which demonstrates our company wide commitment to customer satisfaction, quality and continual improvement.
Whatever your specific needs, we will work closely with you to provide you with the exact product you desire. Please visit our website at www.techprintinc.com for more information, and contact us with any questions.