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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

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The Impact of Flexible Materials Sourcing on Supply Chain Management

In Brief

Getting from a raw material to a final product is a multifaceted process that is prone to errors, inefficiencies, and delays. In the advanced flexible materials, the supply chain necessary to realize that product will be highly complex and must be monitored closely to ensure that the product arrives at its destination­­­­ on time and in the correct condition. The success of a product launch begins in the early stages of the flexible materails supply chain. Identifying not only the appropriate materials but the origin of those materials is a key early step in bringing a product to market. 

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How Online Videos Have Optimized Researching Manufacturing Equipment


In Brief

Technology is developing at a rapid rate in the Life Science and Medical Industries. Processes that were once carried out by hand, or developed with slow and tedious technologies, are being replaced and improved with the spread of automation equipment. One of my jobs as a Process Engineer is to find and purchase new equipment to increase our current capabilities, bring in completely new capabilities, and replace old systems we have in place. But how do I narrow down the ever-growing list of machines and their specifications?

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Thoughts From a Material Sourcing Millennial


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It’s Monday morning and I have 5 material sourcing projects laying on my desk that I need to work through before my 10 AM sales call where I need to deliver updates to the sales managers who are anxiously waiting to update their customers.  20 years ago this would sound like an impossible task, but with the improvements we've seen with internet services we now have the tools to acheive previously impossible tasks.

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The Material Sourcing Paradigm Shift - 2016

Abstract

Advanced flexible materials represent a large global market that spans a wide variety of industries and applications. As a result, the market is influenced by global economic trends and new technologies, as well as the engineers and technical staff responsible for them.

Over the last year, at Boyd Technologies, we have pinpointed some of the trends affecting global markets, particularly advanced flexible materials. We have also conducted our own material sourcing survey of over 200 material- sourcing professionals. This report interprets and summarizes the results, as well as focuses on key factors that may influence the future landscape.

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5 Tests Critical to the End Use Applications of Nonwovens

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Nonwovens testing of physical and mechanical properties are essential to determining their end-use applications. For example, if a nonwoven has high absorptive capacity, it could potentially be used in an advanced wound care application, or, if the material has high tear strength, it could be used in the construction industry. There are numerous test methods used in order to establish nonwoven characteristics; this article explores five commonly measured nonwovens characteristics and the test methods used to establish them.

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