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By Jim Badders | Mar 7, 2018
Printing on flexible substrates for smart wearables

GM Nameplate (GMN) is excited to announce the opening of an additional bonding operation in Taiwan. This operation will consist of liquid optically bonding (LOCA) and integrating displays, touch screens, and decorative cover glass components with exceptional efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

By establishing an international bonding option in addition to our front panel integration services at our Seattle, WA Division, GMN can offer a larger breadth of integration solutions, enabling us to accommodate a wider range of customers and projects, and increasing our ability to meet our customer’s exact needs.

Advantages to global bonding operation

With this new bonding facility, customers will benefit from simplified logistics, shortened lead times, and a noticeable reduction in freight and labor costs. Most display and touch screen components are manufactured in Asia. Therefore, now manufacturing, bonding, and even assembly will all take place in the same vicinity, which will substantially reduce the current freight time and costs that exist between process stages, especially when leveraging an Asian-based assembly of the final product. This streamlined efficiency and reduction in costs will also residually lead to reduction in component costs and allow for customers to achieve faster time-to-market. In addition, by eradicating the need for multiple shipments of materials internationally, this new operation will help to reduce carbon emissions and lower the carbon footprint of a project.

Partnering for success

GMN pursues the best solutions for our clients’ global manufacturing needs, which sometimes involves getting creative to deliver the greatest overall value. In this case, GMN teamed up with Mildex Optical, a trusted, long-term touch screen partner. To create this well-rounded bonding operation, Mildex is supplying their world-class facility and highly-skilled workforce, while GMN is providing its state-of-the-art equipment and extensive technical know-how and engineering oversight. GMN will oversee the entire bonding process for its customers to ensure that every aspect is executed to best fit the needs of the application.

Same standard of quality and service

This bonding facility in Taiwan will provide the same level of quality and service that customers experience domestically. We hold decades of experience working with display integration and bonding technologies and applications for industries spanning from medical, to agriculture, to aerospace.

Working with our customers to select and integrate the most fitting touch screen, display, or decorative cover glass for their application, GMN continually strives to go above and beyond to meet the needs of our customers, which we will continue to do through the addition of our new bonding and assembly operation in Taiwan.

For additional information about this new display integration and bonding facility, check out our press release.

By Bronson Berry | Aug 29, 2017
The iViz is a portable ultrasound device that is used from hospitals to remote locations

After working with GM Nameplate (GMN) several times in the past on front panel integration projects, Fujifilm SonoSite came to us for help with manufacturing their new portable ultrasound device, the iViz. The device needed to be lightweight and thin to maximize portability, but also needed to be tough and durable if accidentally dropped. GMN successfully achieved both of these goals through careful material selection and by utilizing a new technology during the bonding process: vacuum lamination.

To learn more about how GMN supported Fujifilm, read our case study.

To learn more about the vacuum laminator that was secured for this project, read our press release.

By Jim Badders | Dec 2, 2014
Decorating, bonding, nameplates, and labels for an ultrasound

One of the growing capabilities at GM Nameplate is front panel integration. We currently provide the front panel integration for many customers across nearly every industry. Recently, we provided ultrasound device manufacturer, Fujifilm SonoSite with front panel integration for their X-Porte ultrasound kiosk device.

For the X-Porte device, we provided the decorative cover glass and bonded the cover glass to the display. The manufacturing process involved printing specialty ink and Sonosite’s reflective chrome logo. Once decorated, the cover glass was integrated to the display using our liquid optically clear adhesive (LOCA) bonding process.

Before going into production, significant time was spent developing the inks and process to ensure that the liquid adhesive to cure. Once everything was set, the production team faced various challenges in assuring the best quality display. Due to the design, there were extremely tight tolerances in both the printing and bonding process

The end result? A beautifully bonded front panel display assembly, with added durability and sunlight readability benefits!