This year, I had the opportunity to speak at the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) Women in Aerospace Conference on May 2nd. Accompanied by nine of my teammates, the overall conference had approximately 300 attendees and 23 speakers from over 108 companies. This marked the first time that a member of the GMN Aerospace team has spoken at this event. My speech was centered around the topic of “Expanding your horizons – Getting outside your comfort zone.”
In the manufacturing landscape, die-cutting is an indispensable fabrication process used to convert a wide range of materials into specific shapes and sizes. Whether you wish to utilize a custom-shaped silicone foam into a gasket, require a panel filler for a medical device, or simply need to cut out labels and adhesives, die-cutting allows you to efficiently cut materials in large volumes with increased consistency and accuracy.
There are several factors that dictate the type of mold or tool that is best suited for producing complex injection molded plastic parts. Understanding the requirements for part design, material type, and product life cycles are essential to evaluating and selecting the optimal mold type.
Backlighting is the simplest way to lend unparallel style and functionality to your devices. It can be integrated in a broad array of applications including user interfaces, integrated displays, and product branding. But, what are the most popular backlighting technologies available in the market today? What are the differences between each technology? How do you approach a backlighting project?
Have you ever noticed the label on a computer, pressurized tank, or any other electrical appliance? The likelihood of that label bearing one of the safety marks namely UL, CSA, or the likes of it, is extremely high. But, what do these marks and symbols signify and why are they so important? When it comes to electrical devices, some of the most important attributes from an end user’s point of view remain product quality and safety.
Within the competitive landscape of the aerospace industry, GMN Aerospace constantly strives to meet our commitments to our customer’s specifications and quality standards. After experiencing an increase in our statement of work over the past year, about 25% of the work produced by GMN Aerospace was supported by short-flow and aircraft on ground (AOG) requests. This translated to our team delivering over two million parts to more than 300 customers in 2018.
From steam engines to mass production to digital technology, the shifting landscape of manufacturing has paved the path for the fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0. Marked by the automation and digitization of the manufacturing processes, Industry 4.0 throws the spotlight on “smart manufacturing”. GMN has always been in the vanguard of adopting new technologies and has embraced automation from the early days to meet the most articulate needs of our customers.
Liquid optically clear adhesive (LOCA) is one of the most popular and preferred bonding solutions for display integration. DBA 4235, the newest variant of DuPont™ Vertak® bonding adhesives, is an optically clear resin specifically designed for rugged environments. With the ability to bond rigid-to-rigid and LCD-to-rigid material, this new generation resin is suitable for most display designs.
GMN’s San Jose, CA Division recently installed a new flexographic roll label press in the printing department. For years, GMN has utilized flexographic printing for projects across a variety of industries, products, and applications, from the medical industry, to agency labels, to shielding, and much more. This new piece of equipment will enable GMN to carry out the same printing functions as before, but in a better, easier, and faster manner.
From the automotive to appliance industry, whenever a design demands a blend of functionality and aesthetics, a stainless steel construction is commonly given significant consideration. With three times the density of aluminum, stainless steel exhibits superior structural integrity and dent resistance. It not only offers overall brush patterns and brilliant finishes like 2BA, but also provides substantial formability and hardness. Thanks to its unmatched versatility and corrosion resistance, stainless steel is heavily employed in both indoor and outdoor environments.