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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...

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The Material Sourcing Paradigm Shift - 2016

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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...

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Boom, Bang, Slash: Cutting to the Chase, Testing End-Use Performance of Flexible Films

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From shipping to storage to end-use, flexible films across multiple industries such as in medical, packaging, building and consumer products will see their share of abuse throughout the product lifestyle as they are bounced, pounced, slashed and mishandled. Therefore, one...

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Evaluating Barrier Properties in Key Material Decisions

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Barrier properties often drive decisions on the selection of flexible polymer barrier materials for applications. One of the best ways to make key material decisions is to take the time to run industry accepted laboratory test approaches whenever possible. 

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3 Parameters to Consider When Testing Durability of Flexible Materials

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If you have been performing property evaluations on flexible film materials using single point tests such as impact, puncture, tear, and tensile, consider a dynamic end-use test for durability, instead. Gelbo flex testing can upgrade an annual characterization, evaluate the competition...

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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...

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How to Improve Manufacturing Workflow: 5S and Gemba Walks

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Every medical production facility strives to provide a safe and efficient work environment for its operators to succeed. When it comes to process improvement, the focus is often put on how workers use materials and equipment; however, these factors do not exist in a vacuum. Enhancing...

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5 Essential Activities of Current Good Manufacturing Practices

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Medical Device manufacturing has to comply with FDA guidelines and regulations for tracking each and every step of the manufacturing process, including raw material sourcing. These guidelines are known as current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) and each facility that is FDA...

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Unleash the Power of Parametric Search

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The typical material sourcing cycle takes three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half months, with 52% of that time dedicated to material research and discovery, according to a study by the research firm Aberdeen Group and online marketplace Alibaba. The result is two months or more spent...

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3 Keys to Strong Supply Chain Management

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Supply chain management plays a key role in the success of any business. Building a strong relationship with your suppliers within your supply chain will allow you to strengthen your overall performance in your core marketplace. A well-managed supply chain will result in increased...

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