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By Dan Swanson | Jun 14, 2016
Microban antimicrobial film

Frequently used work surfaces often become dirty quickly. GM Nameplate often uses Microban®, an antimicrobial film covering that helps maintain more sanitary work surfaces between cleanings. GMN applies the film on various overlays, medical and scientific labels, control surfaces, and user interfaces.  

Bacterial growth is a constant concern for facilities that require high standards of sanitation and cleanliness. Microban ® destroys bacteria, mold, and mildew, making it a beneficial product for hospitals, restaurants, cruise ships, and fitness equipment, among other businesses. When bacteria come into contact with Microban®, the bacterial growth is suppressed. The built-in antimicrobial coating is applied to the product during the manufacturing process, protecting the product against unnecessary deterioration from bacteria, mold, or mildew. Example applications include user interfaces and labels.

Autotex® AM is a substrate that uses Microban® Antimicrobial Technology. The Autotex® AM polyester film has overlapping particles combined with Microban® technology, creating a barrier and protection against harmful microbes, thereby reducing the risk of spreading infections. Since the antimicrobial protection is done during the manufacturing process, the Autotex® AM will not wear down with prolonged use and will be effective during the full product life cycle. The Autotex® AM is also scratch and chemical resistant, ensuring a long lasting, durable product.

Microban® provides protection against bacteria, thereby creating an easier cleaning experience. While maintaining a cleaner surface, products with Microban® Antimicrobial protections still require cleaning. Under certain conditions without Microban®, microbe counts could double every 20 minutes. Microban® will help maintain a cleaner product work surface and keep surfaces better protected between cleanings.

At GMN, we are using Microban® Antimicrobial Technology to help solve our customer’s needs and business requirements. Currently, we are designing and creating nameplates for a fitness equipment company. The company required materials that would address the pressing bacterial problems of typical fitness products. GMN used Microban® to create a product that reduces, suppresses, and destroys the reproduction capabilities of bacteria, mold, and mildew, while still maintaining the integrity of the brand. We provide antimicrobial film coverings for user interfaces and overlays, medical and scientific labels, and control surfaces.   

By Steve Baker | Jun 1, 2016
Tradeshow MD&M East

GM Nameplate will be attending the 2016 Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East tradeshow from June 14th through June 16th. The show will be hosted in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, New York. MD&M East is one of the most popular tradeshows in the medical device industry and exhibits a wide range of innovative technologies.

Stop by booth #2052 to see samples of GMN’s manufacturing technologies including front panel integration, capacitive switch technology, user interfaces, plastic injection molded components, and more.

Click here to learn more about the show. 

By Steve Baker | Apr 24, 2015

The GM Nameplate staff is getting ready to exhibit at a number of upcoming industry tradeshows. Our staff will be on hand at the upcoming shows to talk about our latest technologies and projects.

Del Mar Electronics & Design Show (DMEDS) – Booth 662: May 6 – 7, 2015 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, CA

Visit GMN at the DMEDS to learn the latest trends in the electronics manufacturing industry. Members of GMN will be on hand to share our latest samples and capabilities.

AMC Engineering Conference – Booth 25: May 5 – 7, 2015 at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo, IA

GMN’s front panel integration staff will be exhibiting our latest front panel integration capabilities at the AMC Engineering Conference. The show is geared toward agricultural and off-highway engineers in the Midwest region.

SID Display Week – Booth 1723: June 2 – 4, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA

Front panel integration is one of GMN’s fastest growing capabilities today. At the Society of Information Display’s “Display Week”, the GMN team will show its latest projects and share manufacturing trends and new technologies.

MD&M East – Booth 2044: June 9 – 11, 2015 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

The Medical Design and Manufacturing East expo is the largest east coast medical device show. GMN product line managers will be exhibiting GMN’s newest medical device products and capabilities.

You can keep up with all of the tradeshows GMN exhibits at on the tradeshow section of our website, under GMN updates. All dates, locations, booth numbers and tradeshow information are all listed there for reference.  

By Steve Baker | Jan 16, 2015
Visit GMN at MD&M West

Every year the top medical device manufacturers and suppliers on the West Coast exhibit at the Medical Design and Manufacturing tradeshow (MD&M West). GM Nameplate will be exhibiting at the show again at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from February 10 through 12, 2015.

If you will be attending the show, be sure to visit GMN in booth 1876. At the show, you’ll have the chance to meet our dedicated staff, view samples of our diverse capabilities, and learn about new manufacturing techniques and trends. We will be showcasing a variety of our capabilities including our latest front panel integration projects, membrane switches, injection molded plastics, input devices and more.

If you are attending the show and would like to meet face-to-face with a member of the GMN team please email me at We look forward to seeing you at the show!

By Chris Doyle | Dec 10, 2014
Custom metal nameplates for SonoSite

We recently posted about the front panel integration we provide for ultrasound device manufacturer SonoSite. In addition to providing the front panel integration for SonoSite’s X-Porte device, we also provided various badging, die cut components, and labels for their other ultrasound units. One of the most interesting nameplates that we provide can be found on the back of the monitor housing of the X-Porte Kiosk unit.

The nameplate features reflective chrome electroform and custom color matching. Using a specialty adhesive, the nameplate is adhered to the back of the monitor.

The team at GMN collaborated with SonoSite to achieve the most cost effective design that met all the aesthetic and technical requirements. We also created two other badges for SonoSite’s units.

Our work with SonoSite is a great example of how our diverse capabilities can fulfill the needs of our customers in many areas. 

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!