Engineering Case Study: Rapid Product Development-Entrocomponent Solutions (ECS)


Editors note: This is a Case Study from our partner supplier Entrocomponent Solutions, and here is their sales team: Jeff Bradbury and Scott McGlasson.

1) Case Study: How do I control iterative prototyping costs?

A large OEM customer was recently in development of a new hand held device requiring several custom die cut components for various cushioning, sealing, shielding applications.   The challenge was that the design of these components were was not firm, requiring many unexpected iterations along  the development path.  The company was also under a very tight time frame to get products to market for the holiday buying season. They needed to define both the materials and the functional design of each of these parts very quickly.

2) How does ECS keep pace with the time and cost demands of the project?

Rather than investing in several iterations of hard tooling, ECS was able to use their high performance plotter cutter to quickly and efficiently cut sample parts.   This not only saved the customer approximately $25,000 in unnecessary tooling costs, The plotter cutter samples allowed ECS to turn around parts in less than 48 hours. No waiting for toolmaker.  No waiting on available press time.

3) Get us a CAD, DWG or AI asap.

Upon receipt of drawing, ECS was able to turnaround  multiple iterations of sample ahead of schedule and under budget. Most importantly, the customer now has a rock solid design and parts are now being mass produced successfully.

About Entrocomponent Solutions

Jeff Bradbury, Technical Sales

Entrocomponent Solutions (ECS) is a custom engineered die cut component solutions provider. We specialize in tight-tolerance rotary die cutting, optically registered stamping, multi-layer laminations and flexographic printing. We feature class 100 clean rooms in Azusa, CA as well as Singapore. ISO 9001 and SO 13485 certified.

Hard Disk Drive Components

  • Seals – Featuring adhesive free zone or full adhesive type seals such as : positional seals, screw seals and tape seals.
  • Dampers – Noise and vibration damping using visco-elastic adhesive treatments applied to stainless steel, copper, aluminum and polyester. Applications include label, vcm cover and helium dampers.
  • Filtration products – Featuring new advanced materials developed to accelerate current technology while reducing costs and enhancing performance
  • Gaskets – Acoustic or sealing gaskets incorporating foam, sponge and silicone rubber materials
  • iners – Specially designed liners to address cleanliness and ESD concerns.
  • Adhesives – Custom formulations developed to meet and exceed adhesive performance and cleanliness requirements.

Medical/Diagnostic Components

  • In Vitro Diagnostic Components
  • Patient Monitoring Disposables
  • IV Securement Products
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Wound Care Products
  • Microfludic Device Components
  • Hospital/Surgical Disposables
  • Custom Dressings/patches
  • Custom Adhesives
  • including skin-friendly adhesives systems and tape constructions

Electronics/Industrial Components: In addition to traditional EMI/RFI shielding, insulating, and gasketing die cut components, we now have expanded our capabilities by adding world class injection molding, metal stamping and low cost assembly capabilities to better serve the Electronics OEM Market.

Material Development/Testing Capabilities

  • Customer polymer based advanced materials include, performance films, rate controlling films, adhesive films, visco-elastic damping films, conductive films
  • Testing Capabilities Include, Environmental Testing, Aging Ovens, Constant Temperature and humidity controls, Adhesive Testing, Tack Testing, Drop Shear, Peel Strength Adhesion, Time Constant Testing (humidity chamber), Chemical Analysis Lab, GC/MS Analysis, IC Testing, TMP Testing, IR and UV Testing/ visible spectroscopy, Rheometry, Particle Size Analysis, Conductivity Analysis (thermal and electrical), DSC, TGA

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