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By Richard Smylie Sep 12, 2019
Ford steering wheel badge

Ford Motor Company, a leader in the automotive industry, was remodeling its 2020 Ford Explorer SUV and one of the main decorative accents they were looking to refresh was their Class-A steering wheel badge. Since the Explorer is one of Ford’s flagship vehicles, Ford wanted the badge to be built to world-class standards, capturing both the visual craftsmanship and performance functionality of the design intent.

Marc Doan
By Marc Doan Sep 04, 2019
Digital press in GMN's Seattle division

With lead times getting shorter and customer demands constantly evolving, it is more important than ever to improve efficiency and remain agile. Keeping on pace with the latest technology, GM Nameplate's (GMN) Seattle, WA division recently installed a new, state-of-the-art digital printing press. Born out of the strategic collaboration between Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Ricoh) and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), this technologically-advanced press allows GMN to undertake projects that weren't possible on other printers.

By Neha Toshniwal Aug 27, 2019
GMN receives Boeing Performance Excellence Award 2018

GMN Aerospace announced today that it has received the 2018 Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA). The BPEA is The Boeing Company’s annual program that recognizes suppliers who have demonstrated high-performance standards.

Pam Hane
By Pam Hane Aug 20, 2019
Thermal conductive pads

As electronic devices are getting smaller, a major concern that largely looms over engineers and designers is the dissipation of heat. All electronic devices emit heat, which without a proper outlet, could lead to a spike in the internal temperature of the device, ultimately resulting in its failure. Trapped heat in a device can not only damage critical internal components but can also negatively impact the performance of the device.

By Leanne Coffroth Aug 15, 2019
ElectraGraphic nameplate for Wahl Clipper

Wahl Clippers Corporation (Wahl), a leader in the professional and hair grooming industry, approached GMN to create a nameplate for its 100-year special edition cordless hair clipper. To mark its centennial anniversary, Wahl was looking for an elegant, jewel-like nameplate that embodied the aesthetics of the early 1900s.

By Steve Baker Aug 12, 2019
Capacitive touch technology

In today’s touch-centric era, consumers have not only adapted to non-tactile technologies, but also expect a broader range of devices to offer this functionality and user experience. Capacitive switches do not have any moving parts or mechanical components, resulting in superior durability and prolonged life. Since these devices do not have any crevices, they reduce tooling costs and also do not allow any ingress of moisture, dirt or dust. Their flat surface also makes it easier to clean them regularly.

Johhny Lu
By Johnny Lu Aug 01, 2019
Laser cutting technology at GMN

Whether it’s etching, engraving, or cutting materials, laser technology plays an integral role in the fabrication and decoration of various components. But how does laser technology exactly work? Which materials can a laser cut? What are the key advantages of utilizing lasers in the manufacturing industry? By demonstrating the working of a few laser cutters at GM Nameplate (GMN), our recent video will answer all the above questions. 

Ken Roney
By Ken Roney Jul 29, 2019
Control charts used in statistical analysis

This blog is the third in our series on statistical process control (SPC). In the previous blogs, we discussed the basics of statistical techniques and process capability indexes.

Ken Roney
By Ken Roney Jul 25, 2019
Process control in Statistical process control

This blog is the second in our series on statistical process control (SPC). In the previous blog (read here), we learned about the fundamentals of statistical tools and techniques. In this blog, we will be focusing on one of the most commonly employed statistical tools in the manufacturing industry – process capability indexes (Cpk).

Ken Roney
By Ken Roney Jul 22, 2019
Statistical process control at GMN Plastics

As customer needs become more nuanced, it is incumbent on us, as injection molders, to continually innovate and improve our processes to meet their evolving demands. The tools of statistical process control (SPC) are critical in understanding process capabilities, identifying unwanted variations, and refining manufacturing processes. Overall, it enables us to efficiently and consistently meet our customer’s sophisticated needs for quality, lead time, tolerances, delivery, and cost.