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Mark Swanson

Mark Swanson is a Sr. Account Executive at JBC with over 20 years of experience in die-cutting, fabricating, and laminating. When not at work, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, running, and repairing or restoring just about anything with a motor.

Recent Posts

Die Cut EMI Absorbers: Types and Applications

Posted by Mark Swanson on Nov 21, 2017 9:44:05 AM

Die cut EMI absorbers are made of thin, flexible materials that absorb electromagnetic interference (EMI) in the broadband range. Broadband, a high-speed communications technology, uses a wide range of frequencies to transmit large amounts of data at the same time. Die cutting, a manufacturing method, is a fast, accurate, and cost-effective way to produce EMI absorbers in specific shapes, sizes, and geometries.   

JBC Technologies, a precision die cutter, is a 3M™ Select Converter that can source sheets and rolls of 3M’s EMI absorbing materials. This EMI shielding comes in different constructions and is used in a wide variety of electronic devices and assemblies. Not every die cutter can become a 3M™ Select Converter, which is why JBC’s exclusive access to 3M™’s EMI absorbing materials adds value to your electronic designs. 

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Topics: Die Cutting, EMI

EMI Shielding and RFI Shielding: How Die Cutting Solves Design Challenges

Posted by Mark Swanson on Nov 14, 2017 9:25:14 AM

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a man-made or naturally-occurring phenomenon that disturbs electrical circuits and disrupts electronic devices. The causes of EMI are numerous, and include both ambient sources and power quality problems. The effects of EMI can range from data losses and decreased performance to system failure and loss of life. By protecting electronic devices and systems against electromagnetic noise or crosstalk, engineers can mitigate these risks. 

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Topics: Automotive, Electronics

Parts Presentation and Die Cutting Costs

Posted by Mark Swanson on Nov 1, 2017 1:51:29 PM

Parts presentation is one of three major factors that drives die cutting costs. Along with material selection and equipment usage, it’s also an important opportunity for cost savings. By improving the way that die cut parts are presented for assembly at your facility, you can save time and money in production. Across large quantities of parts, saving even a fraction of a second per-part can really add up.

Are your die cut products presented properly when it’s time to install them? Whether your assembly operations are manual or automated, there are some questions you need to ask.  As an experienced die cutter, JBC Technologies can help guide you through this process. By improving how die cut parts are deployed and integrated into your application, JBC adds value to your assembly operations.  

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Topics: Die Cutting

Equipment Usage and Die Cutting Costs

Posted by Mark Swanson on Oct 23, 2017 7:56:50 PM

Die cutting costs are driven by material selection, equipment usage, and parts presentation. In the introduction to this series, JBC Technologies outlined the importance of understanding whether your die cutter is using the right equipment to produce your die cut parts. After all, you may be able to save time and money if there’s a faster, more efficient way to get the die cut products that you need.  

Are you wondering whether your current vendor is using the right equipment for your projects? Then there are some questions you’ll need to ask about the type of equipment, the availability of newer equipment, cost-saving technology, and part accuracy. JBC Technologies can help guide you through this process and offers value-added solutions that eliminate waste, promote quality, and ensure ease-of-use. 

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Topics: Die Cutting

Material Selection and Die Cutting Costs

Posted by Mark Swanson on Oct 18, 2017 6:34:20 AM

Material selection, equipment usage, and parts presentation all drive die cutting costs. In the introduction to this series, JBC Technologies explained the importance of determining whether you’re using the right die cut materials. Otherwise, you could miss opportunities to choose newer, higher-performing, or less expensive options. You could also miss the chance to avoid “over-engineering” die cut parts. 

For engineers, specifying a die cut material is an important decision. Whether you’re designing a new die cut part or working with an existing drawing, you need to balance material costs against performance requirements. Unless you’re a material scientist, however, you may not know about all your options. Suppliers introduce new materials all the time, but the questions you need to ask are the same. 

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Topics: Die Cutting