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Chris Beason
By Chris Beason Apr 08, 2021
A group of aerospace students learning

For the 7th year in a row, GMN Aerospace is proud to share that we have once again donated to the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) scholarship fund. As a long-standing aerospace supplier, we understand how important it is to support the next generation in this exciting field.

By Richard Smylie Apr 06, 2021
Steering wheel badge for 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 video below. By offering a peek into the functioning of progressive dies, the video clearly illustrates the many advantages of utilizing progressive die-cutting to drive productivity.

Mike Sorrels
By Mike Sorrels Mar 30, 2021
Clamshell press at GMN's fabrication cell

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.

Bob Christensen, GMN
By Bob Christensen Mar 25, 2021
A display being tested for function

In our previous blog on optical characterization testing, we discussed the various tools and testing methods that ensure a display meets its optical performance requirements. Today, we’ll be focusing on the next step in display testing: functional tests.

Bob Christensen, GMN
By Bob Christensen Mar 22, 2021
A display being optically tested on machinery

One could argue that the display is the most critical component of a device as consumers interact with it the most. To support custom user-interface programs, GMN offers a host of in-house display testing services to guide design decisions and maintain quality throughout production. 

By Jim Badders Mar 10, 2021
A finger touching a capacitive touchscreen

As touchscreens continue to grow in popularity as a part of user interface systems, choosing the right touchscreen technology is becoming a critical design decision. Each type of touchscreen, resistive or projected capacitive (PCAP), offers a host of different advantages.

Chris Beason
By Chris Beason Mar 04, 2021
April O' Donahue speaking at 2019 PNAA conference

GMN is proud to share that our very own April O’Donahue, Senior New Program Manager - GMN Aerospace, was recently recognized by the Leading Ladies of Aerospace organization as part of their weekly “Wonder Women” series. Each week, the series features an influential woman in aerospace who has broken barriers and serves as an inspiration to others.

By Richard Smylie Mar 02, 2021
Image of the refrigerator trim

When an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) was redesigning the metal trim for one of its premium refrigerator brands, they knew it would require a combination of aesthetics and durability. The trim would be featured on the interior shelves, so it had to meet strict visual standards and pass several performance tests to ensure it maintained its integrity under heavy use.

By Richard Smylie Feb 25, 2021
Embossed metal nameplate

Embossing, the process of raising logos or graphic images, is a great way to augment the visual impact of any component. The tactile feel achieved as a result of the raised design reinforces the aesthetic appeal of a product. Embossing is one of the most versatile metal decoration techniques employed by a wide array of industries.

Debbie-Anderson-GMN
By Debbie Anderson Feb 23, 2021
PRNDL with magnified view of diffuser

When a leading auto supplier was designing the backlighting module for a new gear shift indicator (otherwise known as a PRNDL), they came to GMN to develop a custom light diffuser. The PRNDL would be featured in a line of premium vehicles, so the diffuser needed to ensure that the backlighting met strict standards for consistent brightness and uniform color in all lighting conditions.