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  1. National Safety Month

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    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.

  2. THE MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOLOGIES MARKET IS GROWING GLOBALLY

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    Growth in the medical devices market always stirs with conflicting emotions. On one hand it stands for the fact that the use of these technologies is becoming more rampant pointing to the rise of chronic and acute diseases. On the other it reflects advancements in medicine and the promise of better care and healing for patients.
    The global market for medical device technologies is expanding at a fast pace. By 2020 this space will boast a cumulative value of $428,970 million. Of this the United States lays claim to a large chunk of 39% making it a significant market player.
    The Top 10 Medical Device Technologies:
    Segmented by type, the following technologies comprise the Top 10 Devices list:

    • IVD devices or calibrators, reagents and kits that facilitate medical procedures in receptacles or test tubes outside the patient’s body.
    • Cardiology devices related to heart centric medical procedures covering both tests and surgeries.
    • Diagnostic imaging devices like X-Rays, CAT and PET scan equipment and MRI set-ups.
    • Orthopedic devices that diagnose and treat defects and problems with the musculoskeletal system.
    • Ophthalmology devices that cover the gamut from lenses and glasses to lasers and surgical instruments for delicate eye related operations.
    • Endoscopy devices that allow surgeons and doctors to probe into the inner cavities and passageways of the human body without surgery.
    • Diabetes care devices that help diabetics monitor their blood sugar and glucose levels and administer the required, measured insulin dosages without seeking medical assistance.
    • Wound Management devices that help sterilize, treat and heal superficial wounds. These generally come packaged in kits.
    • Kidney/dialysis devices that take care of a wide range of nephrology issues.
    • Anesthesia & respiratory care devices which include asthma inhalers, bi-pap machines and ventilators.

    Why This Growth Spurt?
    According to experts there are many reasons that have driven this sudden and phenomenal growth in the medical device technologies market. Stressful lifestyles are leading to an epidemic of hypertension, thyroid, diabetes and other chronic diseases. The ageing, geriatric population requires constant care and attention boosting production of at-home monitoring equipment.
    At Techprint Incorporated we have the capabilities to provide custom products for OEMS in the medical device market. Take a look at our website to see our full capabilities list, or connect with us at 800-225-2538 to learn more about our services.

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

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    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.

  4. 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.