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ESD, it's shocking!

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Have you ever walked across the carpet and got zapped by the next thing you touched? That is electrostatic discharge (ESD). A person walking across a carpeted floor can generate up to 25,000 volts (25kv), even walking across vinyl tiles can generate and store several thousand volts in your body. Now imagine the next thing you touch is your microwave touch keypad, the charge may be transferred to the switch, this discharge may cause damage to the components within the assembled circuit if it is unprotected.

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Breakaway Ink, Not So Annoying After All

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Breakaway ink is another term for ink that is meant to be tamperproof for a security feature. Maybe you’ve seen it before on parking stickers, when you try to remove the sticker from your car and it leaves a bunch of little tiny VOID’s stuck to your window; the ink for the VOIDs broke away from the sticker leaving it unusable for the person trying to steal it.

Depending on the end use, this feature is important to consider incorporating into printed circuits; similar to the sticker, the part is constructed so that if some nefarious ne’er-do-well tries to take a circuit apart, the printed traces will be damaged enough to cause a break in the traces. The circuit can no longer be completed, making the part inoperable. This prevents tampering with the interface, and whatever it is driving.

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What is Functional Printing?

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Ever walk up to a screen and touch it thinking it is or should be a touch screen? Human to machine interfaces are everywhere now so it is not uncommon to expect that functionality on everything. Functional printing is what makes those interactions possible.

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NFC Antennas - As if Communication Needed to be Made Easier...

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You’ve seen it before, holding your phone over a payment box, or touching your hotel room key up to the door to unlock it – this new, convenient, technology uses Near Field Communications (NFC) antennas. These antennas allow data/information to be transmitted wirelessly, requiring no mechanical manipulation or physical interaction.

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Are Design Engineers Magicians?

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Ever wonder how design engineers take your ideas for a product and poof, the size, the color, the circuitry, every detail is on point? It takes years of knowledge and experience but here's a little secret...they get some assistance from handy software programs! (SHOCKING, I know). Let me tell you a little bit about these helpers, the most commonly used by design engineers are Adobe Illustrator, SolidWorks and AutoCAD.

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Backlighting, schmacklighting...

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“Is this thing on?” “What function is working?” “I pushed the button, did anything happen?” These are questions that companies never want their end users to be asking while using their interface. Intuitive and user friendly are two things product designers strive for. User experience is everything to the customer – it can be the difference between a good product and a great one! Designers can turn to backlighting as a simple solution to creating a great user experience.

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On-Site. On-Mind.

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With an on-site wellness program, our employees don't have to think about when they'll have time to go to the gym, it is right here for them! Or they can take advantage of our chiropractor, fitness and yoga classes, nutrition sessions, and one-on-one time with our wellness coach.

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I Bet You Care About Clean Rooms More Than You Realize!

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You might be thinking, "what is a clean room?" or maybe you're thinking, "I don't care about them so I'm willing to take that bet.." Well imagine this:

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Xymox Gets a Visit from Local Law Enforcement

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In an effort to keep our employees informed on best practices to stay safe, in any environment, we called in the Milwaukee Police Department to give us the low down. As difficult as some of the topics were, our employees were able to leave with the basic knowledge of how to be prepared and stay safe. During this safety and crime prevention training we learned of some key take-aways:

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Cambrios Technologies Sells Off its Assets.

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Printed Electronics Now reported that Cambrios Technologies is shutting down.

Why is this news for Xymox? Because Cambrios made silver nanowires which were used to make clear conductive films used in projected capacitive touch sensors. Xymox also manufactures projected capacitive sensors. Does Cambrios’ departure from the touch screen ecosystem impact Xymox? In one word, No, but we are interested in those that make it and those that don’t within our market.
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