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By Elvin Ching Sep 24, 2020
An autonomous vehicle navigating traffic

In a recent blog post, we discussed what optical encoders are and how they are used. Simply put, an optical encoder is an electro-mechanical component for measuring position, velocity, and acceleration. GMN’s optical encoders have been used for years in printers, scanners, medical equipment, and much more.

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By Todd Boedecker Sep 14, 2020
An elastomer keypad

When designing an electronic product, one important consideration is preventing unwanted substances from getting inside of the device. While internal components are typically protected by the main enclosure, any openings related to buttons, switches, and/or screens on the user interface can potentially allow for ingress of dust, liquids, and other substances that can cause possible damage or malfunction.

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By Chris Doyle Sep 01, 2020
Image of digital printer

As printing equipment continues to evolve and become more efficient, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve. Always quick to embrace the latest technology, GMN’s Monroe, NC facility recently installed a new, cutting-edge digital press. Adding to the already vast array of printers and presses among GMN’s divisions, the new digital press is a perfect match for the wide variety of components manufactured at GMN.

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By Debbie Anderson Aug 20, 2020
Lithographic print sample at GMN

Lithographic printing, an offset printing technique, is based on the basic principle that oil and water do not mix. It is a process in which ink is transferred from a photographic plate to a rubber blanket, which then presses the image onto the printing surface.

 Andy L. CS Mgr.
By Andy Lampkin Aug 05, 2020
Optical disk encoders

Although optical encoders are found in a vast number of products across multiple industries, few people know what optical encoders do or what products use optical encoders. Even in the manufacturing industry, many are either unfamiliar with optical encoders or do not know how often they are used in everyday machines and equipment.

Grant Bacon
By Grant Bacon Jul 30, 2020
Inserting metal inserts into a plastic housing

When a California-based medical company was assembling its new infusion pump, they knew it was critical for every part to work perfectly and be free of defects. One of the most important parts was a custom rear housing that encases all of the internal components of the device. Having worked extensively with GMN in the past, they knew they could trust our team with the production of this vital component.

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By Debbie Anderson Jul 07, 2020
Dead-front control panel

When developing a user interface, it’s important to consider what the user needs to see during an interaction. For certain applications, calling attention to an indicator or warning light while keeping others hidden can be crucial. For situations where eliminating distractions, keeping a clean aesthetic, and emphasizing certain switches or indicators is imperative, look no further than dead front printing.

By Jim Badders Jun 12, 2020
User interacting with a capacitive display touch screen

In our previous blog, we talked about the different kinds of resistive touchscreens and how they compare. While resistive screens offer a high level of versatility, another one of the most widely used touchscreen varieties is the projected capacitive touchscreen. Below, we’ll be discussing the key features and advantages that make projected capacitive technology such a popular touchscreen option.

By Jim Badders Jun 03, 2020
Example of a resistive 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.