Tag Archive: Printed Electronics

  1. Techprint Inc. Renews ISO 9001: 2008 Certification for Improved Customer Satisfaction

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    International standard bodies and their regulations help companies deliver the best possible end user experience to their clients through stringent quality management. At Techprint Inc. we understand the importance of this, and recently were recertified for ISO 9001:2008 certification. The #1 reason to be ISO certified is to achieve the highest customer satisfaction.

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    A body of guiding principles and specific requirements, the ISO 9001:2008 happens to be the gold standard of quality management practices. It is a coveted certification which is handed out only to the organizations that display the ability to:

    • Consistently deliver stellar customer experiences
    • Accurately document processes that impact a buyer’s interactions with the company
    • Improve these documented processes over time so that the business is always updated and relevant in the context of eliminating consumer problems and offering them a rewarding experience

    How Can a Company Apply for and Secure the ISO 9001:2008 Certification?
    It is important to take note of the fact that for a company to be ISO certified all the fundamentals and provisions specified in the body of literature supporting a particular standard must be met. These guidelines are non-negotiable. If a company can’t follow anything in particular because of its business model, then it can’t claim ISO 9001:2008 conformance.

    • A gap analysis should be conducted where the present quality Management System (QMS) is evaluated against an ISO compliant QMS. The shortcomings must be rectified.
    • A plan is needed to work on the gap revealed. ISO 9001 has a step by step workbook that lists different approaches to bridging this gap.
    • Next the employees have to be trained in the provisions of the ISO 9001.
    • The QMS processes now need to be documented and the system implemented in the organization.
    • Before the certification providers are called in to carry out their own audit, an in-house audit is necessary to ensure greater probability of approval.

    It is a rigorous and exhaustive journey. But the tangible benefits include better market reputation, strict quality management, consistent and excellent performance, reduced defect rates, documentation and automation of processes for ongoing evaluation, easier growth and most importantly increased revenue from the elimination of obsolete practices.
    Techprint Inc. offers numerous manufacturing capabilities for a variety of industries. For more information on our capabilities and how our ISO 9001:2008 certification demonstrates our company wide commitment to quality contact us here.

  2. The Exciting Future of Printed Electronics

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    The world of printed electronics is one of the fastest growing, technologically advanced industries out there. Every day, advancements are being made, creating a world of possibilities and endless opportunities.

    The big news for 2014 and beyond will be the Internet of Things. This term has been receiving increased attention in the news, and is likely to have strong advances in the New Year. The Internet of Things is the concept that our daily lives will be interconnected in more ways than ever before. Thanks to devices like our smartphones, RFID tags, GPS, and other electronic equipment, consumers and manufacturing companies will have the ability to interconnect.
    Examples of the Internet of Things include products used throughout your home. Smart refrigerators that send you notifications when items like milk or eggs are no longer fresh, or out of stock. Washing machines that send out signals when it is time to move the wash into the dryer. Devices that combine Wi-Fi enabled plug sockets with household light switches.

    Smarter thermostats that monitor and adjust your home’s heating and cooling automatically. Smartphone apps that provide a homeowner with the ability to control their home’s use of energy. Connected homes will reduce energy usage in order to save money and resources.
    Another major trend attracting big buzz in the industry is the field of wearable electronics. In fact, this industry, worth $8 billion in 2013, is projected to be worth $20 billion by 2017.* From clothing with integrated electronics, to wrist bands, watches and athletic gear that monitor a user’s health and physical activities, wearable devices will continue to evolve and create further growth in the field of printed electronics.

    What else can we expect from the industry? It seems smart packaging is something to keep your eyes on. Printed electronics are, and will continue to be, integrated into materials and packaging that will do everything from create labels that reduce shipping costs, to drug packages that register when a pill was taken, to food wrappers that tell you when your food has spoiled. It’s a remarkable area that is sure to impact our economy and our lifestyles for the better.
    As the New Year moves forward, we see a positive trend in the reshoring of jobs back to the United States. With new sources of energy from tar sands and shale rock, the country is almost a net producer of energy. This will continue to drive overall manufacturing costs down and give a much needed competitive edge to U.S. manufacturing. In addition, the innovation we see in wearable devices and the Internet of Things shows just how inventive our American culture allows us to be. The creativity of today will provide solid jobs and manufacturing for America in the future. It all is quite appealing and exciting.
    As we move forward, Techprint will continue to stay on top of these latest advancements, whether it’s through attending trade shows, seminars or reading and reporting on the latest surveys and studies. We will continue to keep our readers and customers informed. It’s such an exciting industry, and we love being a part of it – click here to learn more.

  3. LEDs for Brighter Printed Electronics

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    In the electronics world, technology is always changing and products keep getting more and more exciting. It’s an ever-evolving, fast-moving industry.
    One of the latest trends we’re regularly seeing and happily providing, is the incorporation of LED technology into the products we’re making. LED lighting is an increasingly utilized technology trend that has come a long way. This longer-lasting lighting has been replacing traditional lighting, and has become the illumination of choice for everything from concert staging to household lighting and street lights. Adding it into custom-printed electronics is a great way to combine two technologies into one.
    So what are some of the ways to do this? Well, it all starts with the design flexibility of LEDs (light emitting diodes). They can be used for backlighting our keyboards, as well as individual keys. Illumination will not only improve the look of a keyboard, but also make it easier to operate. Benefits are the LEDs form factors, which allow for low power, longer life, low heat, and thin profile. All of these factors provide for very customizable and flexible design options.
    With the addition of advanced fiber optic light guide panels, combined with ultra-bright LEDs, we can fully illuminate a larger area than ever before. This new technology provides even greater design flexibility to our custom keyboard, keypad, and membrane switch products. We can also backlight custom company logos, adding pizzazz and fun to a logo/brand, making it that much more dynamic and vibrant. This creates a high-tech look, along with dimension and visibility—and is a great way to stand apart from the competition.
    Techprint has created products with the use of surface mounted single-color, bi-color, and tri-color LEDs. We can create a dead-front appearance that is only visible when illuminated or actuated. This technology allows us to light over tactile or non-tactile keys, and even capacitive touch key technology.
    If you’re not sure exactly what it will look like, or how you envision it, we can easily provide images of samples, giving you the opportunity to see your options. If you’ve got questions about how we can make this technology work for you, no problem! Contact us today—we’re happy to help.

  4. Printed Electronics, Smart Football Helmets, and Head Protection: A Promising Partnership

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    Is it possible to significantly reduce head injuries to football players (of all ages) with the right helmet technology? Thanks to the InSite head-impact monitoring system created by Riddell, the world’s leading manufacturer of football helmets, it just might be.
    The highly-innovative system consists of three pieces to gather and analyze data that can help coaches better protect their athletes. You can read all about the product on Riddell’s website here.
    The Riddell InSite Impact Response System is a new helmet-based impact monitoring technology designed to alert when significant single and multiple impacts are sustained during a football game or practice. Coaches and sideline staff will now have Riddell InSite’s unique vantage point inside the helmet at the time of contact to enable improved identification and management of concussion.
    So what does this have to do with printed electronics, and specifically with Techprint? As experts in printing technology, fabrication, and assembly, we worked with the designers of the system to help bring the product to market, which is now in the manufacturing stage. We worked closely with their development partner, Simbex, to satisfy their needs of producing thousands of parts.
    Our engineering and manufacturing knowledge and capabilities—including conductive printing, die cutting, laminating, fabricating, and electronic assembly—made us the ideal fit for this project. We took our experience and expertise, and manufactured the sensor piece for Riddell’s contract manufacturer, seamlessly working our capabilities into the process and helping to make the product a reality.
    Addressing head injury and advancing player safety are paramount to the future of football. The potential that Riddell’s revolutionary system provides is very promising, and we here at Techprint are proud to be a part of it.
    *Riddell website
    Riddell’s InSite Video, YouTube
    “Under the Helmet” Video, YouTube