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John Madura
By John Madura Jun 27, 2019
landing-gear-drawing

GM Nameplate (GMN) recently added design and development authority to its AS9100D certification. Overall, the AS9100D certification is a Quality Management System (QMS) standard that is specific to meeting the rigorous needs and requirements of the aerospace industry.

By Sandy Dick Jun 18, 2019
General Dynamics Switch Panel

In 2012, GM Nameplate (GMN) was approached by General Dynamics, a defense company, to produce a switch panel for a military part called the Commanders Smart Display Unit (CSDU) for a new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) that the military was developing. GMN was entrusted with this project based on our reputation for high-quality display integration and optical bonding solutions.

Patrick Wu
By Patrick Wu Jun 06, 2019
Qiantu K50 steering wheel badge

Qiantu Motors, a China-based automotive company, is at the forefront of the development and manufacturing of New Energy Vehicles (NEV) in China. Making waves in the global automotive market, the Qiantu K50 model is China’s first electric supercar.  

By Richard Smylie May 31, 2019
Nissan

Tooling a part to size remains integral to the metal fabrication process. While there are several tooling possibilities including steel-rule and rotary die-cutting, laser and water jet cutting, and compound tools, which method do you employ for efficiently performing multiple operations on a metal component? The answer lies in our newest video. By offering a peek into the functioning of progressive dies, this video clearly illustrates the many advantages of utilizing progressive die-cutting to drive productivity.

Zhou Jian
By Zhou Jian May 28, 2019
Corporate social responsibility

At GMN, we are not only committed to providing a safer and cleaner workplace for all our employees, but also to protect and preserve the environment for future generations. In addition to creating the highest quality products and offering outstanding service to our diverse customers, GMN also shoulders the responsibility to create a better social environment.

April O'Donahue
By April O'Donahue May 13, 2019
April PNAA Women's Conference

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.” 

Mike Sorrels
By Mike Sorrels May 07, 2019
Clam shell press in fabrication cell at GMN

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.

Al Steiner
By Al Steiner May 02, 2019
Tool room at GMN Plastics

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.

By Neha Toshniwal Apr 23, 2019
Backlit car dashboard

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?

Taichi Nakahara
By Taichi Nakahara Apr 08, 2019
UL Listed and UL Classified labels

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.