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By Jim Badders Jun 03, 2020
Finger on touchscreen

In today’s world, touchscreens are omnipresent and expected by users on almost any interface system. Widely used in a variety of industries, there are many different types of touchscreen constructions available. Once you have decided to use a touchscreen, there are important design considerations to take into account. How should the touchscreen function when interacted with? Does it need to be durable enough for heavy usage and millions of actuations? Should it be incredibly precise and not require any calibration?

Pam Hane
By Pam Hane May 26, 2020
A roll of 3M VHB LSE

Bonding together two substrates is a crucial part of designing a new product. However, some difficulties can arise with traditional bonding methods. For years, mechanical fasteners, liquid adhesives, and ultrasonic welding methods were frequently used to adhere substrates together. While all of these approaches have their merits, each of them can pose significant drawbacks as well.

Jeff Lee
By Jeff Lee May 19, 2020
Paul Michaels with the PNAA certificate

Continuing the annual tradition since 2016, GMN Aerospace has once again donated to the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) scholarship fund. As a custom manufacturer and an experienced aerospace supplier, we understand that strengthening and supporting the future of aerospace right here in the Pacific Northwest is crucial.

By Brad Root Apr 09, 2020
Man wearing a protective face shield

Throughout March of 2020, more and more cases of COVID-19 were tested and confirmed in the United States. As more patients were stricken, doctors, nurses, and other front-line responders struggled to find adequate PPE (personal protective equipment). Many responders were beginning to create their own makeshift masks, face shields, visors, and more. Knowing that GMN could pivot some resources and equipment to help produce PPE and alleviate the shortage, we began working on the new challenge.

By Gerry Gallagher Mar 16, 2020
GMN China employee resumes work after Coronavirus freeze

The COVID-19 outbreak prompted GMN China to extend the Lunar New Year holiday by more than ten days. Fortunately, the region is showing early signs of recovery as the number of cases is gradually slowing. In alignment with the guidelines from local health authorities and medical professionals, GMN China has resumed its operations and is on track towards meeting production commitments and deliveries.

By Steve Baker Mar 13, 2020
An elastomer keypad with an active-web design

In a recent blog, we discussed how elastomer keypads offer unparalleled design flexibility to fit your product’s unique feel and specifications. Once you have decided on using an elastomer keypad, it is important to create an optimal customer experience by tailoring the exact feel of each button. Depending on the application, there are several design considerations to take into account.

Chris Beason
By Chris Beason Mar 04, 2020
Street lamp in front of a blue sky

When a Washington-based contract manufacturer was working to improve a new, technologically-advanced streetlight, they discovered that the lamp assembly wasn’t equipped to work reliably in harsh environments. The existing O-ring gasket utilized for sealing the lamp cover did not provide adequate protection against liquid ingress. As a result, the electronic components within the lamp were susceptible to possible damage and malfunction.

Picture of Chris Doyle
By Chris Doyle Feb 28, 2020
Display of ElectraGraphics nameplates

ElectraGraphics is the process of plating stainless steel with chrome or gold to create a raised or recessed image. Bringing together a handsome blend of elegance and durability, the meticulous procedure of electroplating creates a low-profile, three-dimensional nameplate with crisp details. Suited for small parts with detailed graphics, the process handles fine lines and intricate designs very well.

By Frances Ganz Feb 20, 2020
FLIR's injection molded housing and electroform logo

FLIR, a global leader in thermal imaging camera systems, had developed a line of fixed-mount thermal marine cameras with a protective metal housing.  However, their existing housing was not only heavy but also expensive and time-consuming to manufacture. Looking to re-design the metallic housing, FLIR approached GM Nameplate (GMN) for an alternative solution.  

Pam Hane
By Pam Hane Feb 13, 2020
Roger's noise and vibration dampening solutions

In our previous blog Noise and vibration dampening (Part - I), we learned the fundamentals of acoustic management solutions. In this blog, we’ll be exploring some of the widely employed noise-blocking solutions by GM Nameplate (GMN) -