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  • Event Update: Explore Microfluidic Solutions at AACC

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    Join us in Chicago! 

    Visit LasX’s MicroMed Solutions division in booth #1567 at the AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, the world’s largest global laboratory medicine exposition. Visit the MicroMed Solutions division to learn more about laser digital converting as an enabling technology to meet the demands for today’s high performance medical components including microfluidics, IVD, biosensors and related devices.

    Also, don’t miss the new sample handout this year. MicroMed Solutions has partnered with sister company LaserSharp FlexPak Services to create an easy to open packaging solution which contains a precision multilayer polymer laminate microfluidic test card. 

    MicroMed Solutions is a full service provider, specializing in the development and high volume contract manufacturing of next generation microfluidic and related medical devices within an ISO 13485:2003 certified environment, resulting in superior quality of finished components. MicroMed Solutions also offers value-added services for fully functional devices such as material selection/sourcing, quality management, packaging, chemistry and reagents, blister packs, gradient coating technologies, and fluidic modeling. Watch the new video to learn more.

    About the Event

    The AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo offers clinical scientists a variety of educational sessions and networking opportunities as well as the largest clinical lab exposition in the world. More than 700 exhibitors will feature new products and technology related to the areas of clinical diagnostics, automation, information systems, point-of-care, OEM, and biotechnology. Click here to learn more about this exciting event.

    Will you be attending the AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo this year? Let us know in the comments below!

     

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  • Event Update: National Stationery Show 2014

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    NSS

    You’re invited: Join us in NYC!

    Visit LasX at the National Stationery Show, May 18-21 in New York City. You’ll find us in the Supply Side section, booth #3435, showcasing the many ways laser cutting brings your designs to life! Stop by to learn more about creative and cost-effective laser cutting services offered by LasX’s Contour Creations® division. Don’t miss this premier event!

    Laser cut National Stationery Show invitation From short run to high volume production, Contour Creations® will help you add eye-catching details to your printed pieces without the expensive die costs or setup charges of traditional die cutting. These services are ideal for embellishing greeting cards, invitations, brochures, business cards, folding cartons, stickers, stencils, and more.

    Celebrating its 68th year, the National Stationery Show is the world’s most comprehensive marketplace for greeting cards, stationery and related lifestyle products. Around 900 designers and manufacturers come to New York each year to exhibit at this premier event. The NSS also includes a Supply Side section, a focused division featuring vendors of production equipment, services and supplies for stationery and gift manufacturers. Learn more here.

     

    Attending the event? We’d love to know, what are you most looking forward to at this year’s National Stationery Show?

     

     

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  • Event Update: Converters Expo 2014

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    JOIN LASX AT CONVERTERS EXPO 2014

    March 13, 2014  |  Green Bay, WI

    Visit LasX in booth C320 at Converters Expo to learn how precision laser converting can transform your manufacturing operations using non-contact, digital LaserSharp® technology. Give your customers the value-added consumer conveniences they’ve been asking for and compete in today’s highly competitive marketplace. Our complete line of LaserSharp® equipment integrates into new or existing equipment with standalone or retrofit options.

     

    CONVERTERS EXPO 2014

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    Converters Expo, organized by Converting Influence, showcases a wide variety of paper, film, and nonwovens producers and converters. Specialists and suppliers in the printing, packaging, coating, sheeting, finishing, folding, slitting, and embossing industries will be amongst the exhibitors during this one day expo at Lambeau Field. Click here to learn more.

     

    SAVE THE DATE: FREE LASX FACILITIES TOUR

    Best of Food and Beverage Packaging Event

    The Best of Food and Beverage Packaging conference and exhibition is coming to Minneapolis on April 29 and all conference attendees are invited to participate in a complimentary tour of three leading packaging facilities, including LasX Industries and our partner LaserSharp FlexPak Services.

    During the LasX tour, you’ll have the opportunity to view live demonstrations of a variety of laser systems ideal for flexible packaging, label, and folding carton converting. Learn more.

     

    Are you headed to Converters Expo this year? Contact us to schedule an appointment during the event to discuss your unique converting challenges. 

     

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  • Happy Valentine’s Day from The Laser Experts!

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    In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve decided to count down our top 5 laser cut designs that all incorporate this love-filled holiday. From hearts and teddy bears to roses and butterflies, these 5 iconic designs are taken to new levels using our precision laser cutting technology. Show how much you care by adding breathtaking details to ordinary paper goods and greeting cards. We think laser cutting puts the finishing touches on these already stunning pieces.

    So sit back, grab a box of chocolates, and enjoy these Valentine’s Day inspired designs!

     

    We love the vintage look of these laser cut stickers, starting our list at #5:

    laser cut teddy bear stickers

    Nothing says Valentine’s Day like quite like hearts and roses. This classic card, incorporating both themes, comes in at #4:

    Laser cut valentine.

    Our selection for #3 is a laser cut heart favor box, a nice alternative to a traditional greeting card:

    Laser cut folding carton.

    Metal die cutting could never capture the detail of these delicate lace heart stickers, which take spot #2 on our countdown:

    Laser cut holiday stickers.

    Last but not least, this laser cut valentine with floral and foil heart accents takes the cake as our top pick. Who wouldn’t love to receive this beautiful card alongside their bouquet of roses?

    Happy Valentine’s Day from the laser experts!

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     Want to incorporate laser cutting into your next project? Click here to learn more about our laser cutting services and systems.

    We’d love to know – what’s your all-time favorite Valentine’s Day gift? 

     

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  • Join Us in Booth 2298 at MD&M West 2014!

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    Visit MicroMed Solutions at MD&M West, February 11-13 in Anaheim, CA. Stop by booth 2298 to learn more about laser digital converting as an enabling technology to meet the demands for today’s high performance medical components including microfluidics, IVD, biosensors and related devices.

    Scalable End-to-End Product Solutions

    MicroMed Solutions uses innovative LaserSharp® digital converting technology to process your components in an ISO 13485:2003 certified environment. Capabilities also include modeling fluidic designs and scaling next generation multilayer point-of-care devices to achieve fully functional cards. Whether your device is intended for the life science or clinical markets, MicroMed Solutions can assist you from prototype phase to high volume production.

    In addition to laser digital converting, LasX offers other value-added services throughout the product life cycle:
    – Process development
    – Material selection and sourcing
    – Quality management
    – Precision laminating
    – Chemistry dispensing
    – Assembly
    – Packaging

    MD&M West 2014

    MD&M West 2014

    Connect to the inspiration, partnerships, education and technologies that drive medical device innovation at MD&M West 2014. In addition to educational and networking opportunities available as a part of the conferences, the expo hall at MD&M West provides resources for medical device design, engineering, prototyping, manufacturing, assembly, and packaging. This is a can’t miss event for the medical device marketplace.

    FREE Expo Admission

    Be our guest and receive free expo admission! Don’t wait, register now to secure your spot at the event. Simply register online at MDMWest.com (or click here) and use promo code BZ to enjoy complimentary expo admission to MD&M West 2014!

    Are you heading to Anaheim this year to take part in MD&M West 2014? Let us know in the comments what you’re most looking forward to at this year’s event.

     

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  • A New Look and New Leadership for MicroMed Solutions

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    The MicroMed Solutions division of LasX Industries has seen a lot of changes this winter, and is proud to announce both a new logo identity as well as the appointment of Thomas Daul to the position of Manager of the group. With over 15 years of experience at LasX, Mr. Daul’s extensive background in medical device manufacturing and laser converting will benefit customers as they develop manufacturing solutions for their products.

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    As a market leader in the medical diagnostics industry, MicroMed Solutions specializes in the development and high-volume manufacturing of polymer microfluidic structures and related components. Mr. Daul previously served as Program Development Manager for MicroMed Solutions, helping customers develop their products from prototypes to full-scale production. He is enthusiastic about the direction of this new position. “After over a decade of involvement in this market and understanding where the industry is heading, it’s exciting to be able to drive our technology to meet the needs of our customers,” said Mr. Daul.

    Looking ahead, MicroMed Solutions sees new opportunities to expand on current LaserSharp® technologies to not only to build multilayer fluidic laminates more cost-effectively, but to also add value in manufacturing a fully loaded point-of-care device. This will incorporate dispensing of chemistry, reagent packs and the final component build so that fully functional devices can then be packaged and distributed. “Helping our customers bring these next generation medical devices to market has always been a rewarding part of working in this industry,” Mr. Daul adds.

    Want to learn more about medical device manufacturing at LasX? Click here to learn more about the services provided by the MicroMed Solutions division. 

     

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  • LasX is on the Move!

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    We’re happy to announce that LasX is expanding and with this growth comes a reorganization of our current locations. The original LasX headquarters (4817 White Bear Parkway) will now house the MicroMed Solutions division only. By the first of the new year, all other personnel will have relocated to our secondary location, previously referred to as the LasX Laser Modules Facility (4444 Centerville Road.)

     
    This building will serve as the new LasX Headquarters, and an additional 10,000 square feet of production area and office space will be added for our Contour Creations® service group. Please note this change and direct all future general correspondence to the 4444 Centerville Road location, unless specifically directed to MicroMed Solutions. Visit our contact us page for directions and more.

     

    Our phone number will remain the same. Please feel free to contact us at 651-407-0011.

    Want to learn more about our systems, services, and process development expertise? Click here to visit our website, or watch laser processing videos here.

     

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  • LasX to Present at SGIA Printed Electronics & Membrane Switch Symposium

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    SGIA Printed Electronics & Membrane Switch Symposium

    The 2013 SGIA Printed Electronics & Membrane Switch Symposium serves as an industry gathering point for printed electronics and membrane switch professionals looking for the latest technology updates and new innovations from leaders in the industry. This year, LasX is pleased to have been selected to present during the two-day symposium. On October 23 at 1:00 p.m. Dean Laird, LasX Precision Converting Manager, will join industry colleagues to present Finishing with Cutting Technologies.

    Finishing with Cutting Technologies

    Manufacturers of printed electronic components face numerous challenges throughout the development and production phases. As the demands for shorter lead times and smaller quantity runs increases, so too does the need for a more cost-effective, versatile manufacturing solution. Added challenges include the need to achieve complicated geometries as well as obstacle of tackling difficult to process adhesives and substrates. These issues require new approaches to address the difficult jobs that are problematic for traditional die cutting.

    Digital laser processing has emerged as a more flexible, efficient method of production for a wide variety of electronic components by eliminating the cost and downtime associated with metal tooling, machine setup, and design alterations. This session will cover the ways in which innovative laser technology is changing the way manufacturers fabricate accurate, functional electronic components.

    Key takeaways include:

    • Advantages of using laser processing over conventional die cutting and the ways in which it solves production challenges such as difficult to process materials.
    • How digital technology influences the development and production of prototype components, shortening a product’s time to market.
    • Ways in which lasers can provide benefits using multiple process manufacturing, including the ability to cut, kiss-cut, and perforate in a single production step.

    About the SGIA Printed Electronics & Membrane Switch Symposium

    The symposium programming is made up of high-level presentations from expert speakers focused on best practices, market trends, current technologies and future opportunities for a wide range of vertical markets and applications, including:

    • Better Methods of Screen Printing
    • ASTM & IPC Standards
    • Surface Mount Technology (SMT)
    • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
    • Light Guide Panels (LGP’s)
    • Mesh Selection & Stencil Preparation
    • Inks for Decorative and Functional Uses
    • Finishing with Cutting Technologies
    • Finishing with Dimensional Forming

    This event is ideal for engineers, technical leaders, and industry suppliers/manufacturers who wish to learn about cutting-edge technology developments and advanced production methods impacting the printed electronics and membrane switch manufacturing processes. Click here to see the full schedule of events.

    We hope to see you in Orlando!

     

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  • Celebrate Manufacturing Day

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    Manufacturing Day

    As a leading US manufacturer of laser cutting systems and equipment, we believe in celebrating the manufacturing industry and its important impact on our nation. The second annual Manufacturing Day is an event dedicated to just that: taking time to reflect on the significance and necessity of manufacturing while looking forward to the future of the industry.

    Why is manufacturing so important?

    The statistics below further support the benefits of manufacturing to our economy and workforce. According to the National Association of Manufacturers:

    • In 2012, manufacturers contributed $1.87 trillion to the economy, up from $1.73 trillion in 2011. This was 11.9 percent of GDP.

    • For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.

    • Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.2 million jobs in the United States—about one in six private-sector jobs.

    • Nearly 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing.

    So what is Manufacturing Day?

    Manufacturing Day, or MFG Day, is an event created to illustrate the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and also to create awareness about the rewarding, high-skill jobs which exist in manufacturing fields. Manufacturing Day also seeks to address common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is and what it is not.

    This year’s celebration is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

    For more information visit www.mfgday.com or click here to get involved with Manufacturing Day. Also check out facts about manufacturing from the National Association of Manufacturers.

    Tell us, how do you plan on celebrating manufacturing this year?

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  • Event Update: Packaging Solutions at PACK EXPO

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    PACK EXPO 2013

    LasX Industries invites you to visit booth C4438 at PACK EXPO 2013, September 23-25 in Las Vegas, NV. Learn more about how precision laser processing can help you give your customers the easy-open and breathable convenience features they demand. Plus, learn about exciting new laser processing equipment for folding carton and label converting. Don’t wait, register now – you won’t want to miss the year’s biggest packaging event.

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    LIVE Laser Processing

    Visit Colordyne Technology’s booth S7370 to see live demonstrations of the CDT-1600 PC Laser Pro, powered by LasX’s LaserSharp® technology. This integrated digital printing and laser cutting system will feature both label and folding carton production throughout the show. The CDT-1600 PC Laser Pro prints and laser cuts at 160 feet/minute (32 in./sec.) at 1600 dpi print resolution. See the versatile new system everyone has been talking about in booth S7370!

    Trends & Technology

    PACK EXPO is the largest, most comprehensive processing and packaging event in the world. This year’s show will bring together over 26,000 packaging and processing professionals and more than 1,700 exhibitors. Explore cutting-edge technologies and network with other professionals at this premier event.

    See a preview of the CDT-1600 PC Laser Pro:

     

    Headed to PACK EXPO this year? We’d love to know – which new packaging innovations are you most excited to explore? 

     

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