Category Archive: Safety

New Football Helmet Technology Aims to Improve Player Safety

Whether you’ve been watching football every Sunday this season or not, you know that injuries are a frequent occurrence for players. Some injuries, however, are longer-lasting than others. Traumatic brain injuries have been gaining attention for years as the effects of repeated concussions become recognized. Since concussions can happen at any time during youth, high school, and college, it’s critical to prevent and monitor them at all stages.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is the medical term for what happens to the brain after it’s been exposed to significant trauma over time. It is a degenerative disease that causes the death of brain cells. Some of the earliest symptoms are mood and behavioral changes, but it will later worsen to include memory loss, cognitive problems, and dementia.
Because football players are at a high risk for brain injury, researchers have been working to come up with a solution. The top football helmet manufacturers have been working on updates to prevent and diagnose player concussions. While prevention is ideal, early diagnosis is key to reducing further damage. Riddell is one major brand that has released new football helmets designed to protect against head injuries.
Riddell is among the most popular helmet manufacturers in the US. Their new Riddell InSite Impact Response System utilizes sensors in the helmet to monitor impacts. When significant impacts are found, an alert is sent to the athletic trainer or coach to let them know. The data is also uploaded to a team database for further tracking.
The company also produces custom-fit football helmets using 3-D scanning technology to provide the exact amount of cushioning in the best locations for each player. The tailored approach provides added protection designed for each person.
As a flexible electronics manufacturer, Techprint works with helmet designers to come up with sensors that can be incorporated into sports equipment. Our aim is always safety, so being able to contribute to the next generation of helmets is a responsibility we’re proud of.
To learn more about our capabilities and how we can help design safer football helmets and concussion monitoring technologies, call 1-800-225-2538. You can also request information online.

Unexpected Benefits of Customer Audits

Having recently undergone a two-day audit with a major medical device manufacturer, we understand the stresses associated with the process. However, getting requests for customer audits is actually a major benefit for manufacturers. Here we’ve laid out a few reasons why.
Ensures the Meeting of Standards
An audit, whether it applies to an entire organization or a specific product, process, or system, can be conducted to prove that a company complies with any relevant standards. For example, a customer may suggest or require that a provider undergoes an audit to ensure it meets particular safety guidelines. There also may be requirements by federal agencies for audits, whether it be for documents, risk, or performance.
Techprint has seen an increase in auditing lately due to the FDA crackdown on supplier controls and evaluating suppliers in high-risk sectors. As a printed electronics manufacturer for MedTech and other industries, Techprint has undergone several customer audits. We understand this process helps to create a safer environment for workers, management, and clients. Companies receiving the audit receive valuable information on risks, efficiency, quality, and economy, and it ensures legal compliance.
Leads to Improvements
In some cases, a client may suggest a provider be audited to confirm they meet certain system certifications, such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001. Sometimes customer audits can uncover risks or ways that an organization is not performing optimally. In this case, a follow-up audit may be requested to prove that preventative activities were undertaken as a result of finding performance problems that were identified earlier.
Additional Advantages
Customer audits have an added benefit of showing interest in an organization’s products or services. When smaller manufacturers receive audit requests from larger companies, it shows that you are seen as a trusted resource. It also provides potential opportunities for growth. By complying with requirements, there’s a chance to learn more about world-class quality systems that can be implemented for further improvement. There’s a give-and-take relationship between both sides that allows for growth and greater access to  different quality management systems.
Thus, audits not only serve to prove a company’s compliance with standards, but also help identify areas for improvement that may not have been obvious before.
In addition to inviting customer audits, Techprint has achieved a number of industry certifications to further our commitment to quality. Learn about our industry certifications.

National Safety Month

It has been estimated that every year almost 4.1 million workers are seriously injured on premise or pick up some form of infection that leads to illness. This statistic translates into loss of productivity for the employer; and high risk for the employee.

In the competitive market where organizations look to increasingly unique ways to optimize the ROI of their investments, taking precautionary measures and educating employees, especially those who work on factory floors, construction sites, heat transfer systems and in units where toxic chemicals are handled in large volumes is an often over-looked and effective way to boost performance and avoid employee injury.

June is National Safety Month:
The National Safety Council has teamed up with thousands of companies and businesses across the nation in a joint effort to raise occupational safety awareness. It works with guidelines developed by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and mobilizes the National Safety Month movement. Useful tip sheets, trainings and checklists covering best practices, gear recommendations and structural enhancements are disseminated to reinforce safety at work.

Techprint’s Role in Work Safety:
Techprint Incorporated is a respected name in the market of custom labeling and digital printing. It is well known for its flexographic products, finishing services like lamination, sheeting and die cutting and its ability to work with myriad substrates, dyes and technologies.

However Techprint also prides itself on being an occupational safety enhancer. As per the mandates of OSHA, labeling is one of the primary precautions that a business can take to ensure that equipment and chemicals are not handled in a way that leads to physical harm to the user.

In this regard, Techprint supplies:

  • Detailed manufacturer labels that are tear, stain and fade proof. They inform employees about the features of the product they are using and are rather exhaustive in the safety data they convey.
  • Worker labels which prove to be useful especially when chemicals have to be decanted from manufacturer containers into smaller units for easy dispensing. Unlabeled bottles are a recipe for disaster.
  • Danger, warning and caution labels that go on everything from tools and mobile equipment like cranes and forklifts to chemical vats and containers, communicating to users the risks associated with the product through short text, commonly accepted symbols and data sheet values.
  • Unique Device Identification (UDI) labels which are a recent requirement but which can be scanned by workers and employees to access online equipment operation instructions, caveats and precautions.

Being informed is the first step towards unequivocal work place safety. When people understand how high the stakes are, they automatically become more accountable for their own well-being. Techprint Incorporated is happy to contribute to this awareness in a significant way.