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Dan Swanson, GMN
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.   

Anna Minzel, GMN
By Anna Minzel | Oct 29, 2015
Overlay for the Fluke Corporation

GM Nameplate has had a long history of working with Fluke Corporation, a producer of electronic test and measurement tools. GMN began supplying to Fluke from the company’s beginning and the two have been working together ever since. Over the years, GMN has produced overlays for many of Fluke’s measuring devices.

Creating an overlay for Fluke’s 5730A High Performance Multifunction Calibrator was one of the most challenging projects in the partnership’s history. Multiple overlays were manufactured by GMN for this product, including the thin gray strip on the top of the device as well as the overlay behind the cord plug-ins. The latter overlay was difficult to produce because it has so many different holes, making accurate registration really important. In order to ensure that the registration was done correctly and that the overlay would fit on correctly, a laser was used rather than a steel rule die. The laser has the tight tolerance levels that the overlay needed for accuracy, but isn’t as expensive as class A tooling can be. These overlays were made in GMN’s North Carolina division.

GMN was able to meet Fluke’s cost requirements and project requirements by offering a variety of overlay material and shearing solutions. After many years as a supplier, GMN and Fluke Corporation continue to partner together on both old and new projects.