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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

Medical Device Seals and Gaskets: What Designers Need to Know About Materials

Posted by Mark Swanson on Apr 18, 2018 9:13:53 AM

Medical device seals and gaskets can provide protection against dirt, dust, fluids, and electromagnetic interference (EMI). These rubber and plastic parts can also offer flame resistance, electrical conductivity, and protection against electrostatic discharge (ESD). Medical device components are made of many different polymers and elastomers, but what’s the right choice for your application?

For medical device designers, material selection presents multiple challenges. Designers don’t just need a sealing or gasketing material that’s reliable and cost-effective. They need a compound that meets regulatory requirements and, potentially, additional standards. Medical device designers also need a medical material that supports precision fabrication, especially across higher-volume quantities of parts.   

In this article from JBC Technologies, the first in a series about medical device seals and gaskets, we’ll present an overview of what designers need to consider. Subsequent articles will examine specific materials in detail and explain why die cutting is a great choice for the medical parts that you need. You’ll also learn how JBC’s value-added services can support your larger medical device designs.

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Topics: Foam & Elastomers, Silicones, Medical

ITW Formex® Materials: Properties, Processing, Products, and Applications

Posted by Mark Swanson on Apr 13, 2018 8:45:16 AM

ITW Formex® materials are flame retardant, electrically insulating, and chemically resistant. They are made of polypropylene or polycarbonate and can be laminated with aluminum or copper foil for shielding against electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI). ITW Formex® materials are also cost-effective to die cut and can dissipate electrostatic discharge (ESD), a sudden flow of electricity that can damage circuits. 

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Topics: Thermal Management, Strategic Sourcing, Automotive, Electronics

Thermal Interface Materials: Graphite Gaskets

Posted by Mark Swanson on Apr 4, 2018 2:35:06 PM

Thermal interface materials (TIMs) are used in computers, lighting, power electronics, and other systems that generate excess heat. They create a thermal path from a heat-generating component to a heat sink, an active or passive device that dissipates heat. In products such as cell phones, LED lights, and automotive batteries, heat that’s not discharged properly can reduce service life. In some cases, excess heat can even cause component failure. 

Engineers who need thermal management solutions have a variety of TIMs to choose from. Unlike thermal greases, die cut products aren’t messy and will conform to surface irregularities. They don’t require expensive dispensing equipment or time-consuming cleanups either. Examples of these die cut products include thermal tape, thermal pads, phase-change materials, gap filler pads, and heat spreaders. Die cut thermal interface materials also include graphite gaskets that provide numerous advantages. 

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Topics: Gaskets

Slug Removal for Die Cutting: How In-Line De-Slugging Adds Value

Posted by Mark Swanson on Mar 28, 2018 8:25:12 PM

Slug removal or de-slugging removes the cut-outs from die cut shapes. For example, let’s say you need a donut-shaped part. Your die cutter doesn’t just cut circles from sheet materials or rolls. Instead, your die cutter uses a tool – the die – to cut a circular part with a hole in the middle. This “hole in the donut” is the slug, the excess material that needs to be removed. 

Slugs are more than material waste. Slug removal can add labor costs, extend project timelines, and cause quality control issues. Manual slug removal can be especially problematic. Hand labor is slow, expensive, and subject to human error. If a worker misses a slug, downstream operations may be delayed. Complaints increase, efficiency suffers, and workers must inspect parts and clean-up the discarded slugs. 

Fortunately, there’s a better way. Through in-line de-slugging, JBC Technologies can help you save time and money on your assembly line while promoting quality and efficiency. 

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The Future of Cars: Seven Trends You Can’t Afford to Miss

Posted by Mark Swanson on Mar 20, 2018 6:39:41 PM

Seven major trends are transforming the automotive industry. For engineers, sourcing managers, and procurement agents, these developments will drive decisions surrounding a host of business and technical issues. For JBC Technologies, a leading automotive die cutter, helping you make the most of these trends is just one of the ways we add value to your operations. 

Recently, JBC attended Foam Expo 2018, North America’s leading event for the technical foam industry. In addition to discussing market developments, JBC connected with industry experts who offered valuable insights about automotive applications and material requirements. Foam Expo provided many important lessons, but here are seven trends you can’t afford to miss.

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Topics: Automotive, Foam & Elastomers