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Genesis Celebrates Second Annual Pay It Forward Yard Sale

Genesis Plastics Welding’s Pay It Forward Yard Sale Raises More Than $2300 for Local Vision Program

On July 30, 2016 the Genesis Plastics Welding team put on its second annual Pay It Forward Yard Sale benefiting a local charity within the community.

Genesis-plastics-welding-pay it forward-2016The inaugural sale raised $1766 in 2015 and benefited the Fortville United Methodist Church food pantry. This year’s sale raised $2333 for a vision program through the Fortville Lions Club that helps students get the vision screenings and eyewear they need.

Each year the Genesis team votes on a local charity to benefit from the sale’s proceeds. The funds come from the sale of donated items from Genesis team members and others in the community, as well as a 20 percent cut from individuals who run their own rummage sale booths during the event.

“It’s exciting to see how much this community event has grown in just two short years,” said Tom Ryder, CEO and president of Genesis Plastics Welding. “Our team really enjoys being able to work together to highlight local charities and provide financial support to assist them in the great work they are doing within the area. This year’s sale was a big success due to the community businesses and leaders that joined us to take it to the next level. We are extremely grateful for their donations and help.”

This year’s yard sale included donated gift certificates and prizes for raffle, as well as Colts tickets for a silent auction. The added element of fun helped increase the final donation amount to the Lions Club.

“This year’s yard sale was phenomenal,” said Genesis Plastics Welding employee Donna Burns. “The participation from the community far exceeded our expectations and made it such a great family event. We’re so proud to be able to make a difference for our community through this annual event.”

The Genesis team would like to thank the many businesses and individuals in the community for their assistance, donations and continued support: Fortville Feeders, FoxGardin Kitchen & Ale, Thursday Pools, M & J Firearms, NAPA Auto Parts, Holloway House, Best of What’s Around, reNEW Design & Construct, Ultra Ankle, The Snow Shack, Blue Seas Fitness & Wellness Center, At Home with Us, Waggin’ Tails, The Gypsy Chicks Boutique, Broadway Hardware, Mozzi’s Pizza, the Greenfield Reporter, Town of Fortville, Fortville Lions Club, Fortville/McCordsville Chamber of Commerce, Hancock County Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Fortville Action, Fortville Mama, Ellen Bunch, Teona Bunch, Debra Wilkerson, Bill Wilkerson, Becky Young, Elizabeth Castillo, Jean Baez, Cara McCune, Amy McCune, Kim Riggs and Alecia Burkhardt.

A big thank you to our Genesis team event volunteers as well: Dennis Burns, Donna Burns, Mary Jane Wilkerson, Joe Pfaff, Janelle Carty, Dale Wagner, Jon Harvey, Jeremy Brown, Martina Miranda, Michelle Miranda, Jud McKinney, Tom Ryder, Meg Ryder and Faith Ryder.

See you all next summer for more Pay It Forward Yard Sale fun!

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What matters most for medical device OEMs and their device seams?

Integrity and durability.

Genesis-Medical-Cooling-Mask-Internal-2Medical device OEM engineering and procurement teams have many options at hand when considering how best to manufacture their devices, from gluing to sewing to RF welding. Why do so many count an RF welded seal over glued and sewn seams? Let’s explore the pros and cons of each option. You can also find more information at mtausa.com on many medical devices and equipment.

Sewn Medical Devices

For some components, such as foam stuffed positioning pads/blocks that are part of larger medical equipment and simple patient slings, sewing is a great manufacturing option. Automatic cutting and precision sewing are helpful when there are various shapes and sizes to piece together. These methods also work well when the seam doesn’t necessarily need to be 100 percent airtight or liquid tight.

For other medical devices, such as fluid and air bags, and bladders and pouches, a consistent, high integrity liquid or airtight seal is a must. Sewn seams face a greater risk that the thread will weaken if overly stressed, allowing gaps or even a break, thus allowing air, moisture and/or debris to contaminate the device.

Glued Medical Devices

Unlike sewing, gluing can provide for an airtight seam. However, it may increase labor times and/or overall cost due to a longer seal time compared to RF welding. Also, the various solvents used may cause issues for OEMs within the sterilization process and in regards to final biocompatibility testing for the device. Also, like sewn seams, glued seams are subject to eventual failure as the adhesive becomes worn out.

RF welding allows for a clean seal without the addition of adhesives. The material being welded acts as its own heat source and is welded from the inside out creating a strong durable bond at the seam.

RF Welding Medical Devices

RF welding medical devices is often the preferred method of manufacturing when a liquid or airtight joint is specified. It is considered to be a cleaner sealing method because only the material itself is required; no adhesives or by-products are needed to produce the durable liquid or airtight seal.

Comparatively gluing and sewing can be less expensive, but savvy engineers can create greater efficiencies and enhance cost savings within the BOM and manufacturing processes that can often make RF welding just as attractive an option.

Want to learn more about the RF welding process?

Genesis Plastics Welding has been RF welding medical devices and providing highly personalized contract manufacturing services for nearly three decades. Check out our portfolio to see many of our medical industry projects. Have a device you’d like for us to quote? Let’s chat.