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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

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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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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 solely on material searches.

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Understanding Composite Materials: Tapes

In Brief

At first thought tapes sound like a simple concept; a long, narrow piece of material that is sticky on one side and used to hold things together. However in the world of advanced flexible materials a more detailed definition is necessary in order to capture the technical attributes of tape which enable functionality across a wide array of applications.  

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