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Philips Pediatric Electric Toothbrushes

...l that would allow kids to have eye-catching designs on their toothbrush. While we were faced with many customers whose businesses had experienced significant declines, directly impacting their spending with GM Nameplate, the sales force continued to look for new opportunities for GM Nameplate to bring their label and application expertise to the table. Creating value in a c... ...h. Through a process of prototyping and cost analysis it was determined that a decorative label and specially created double-coated removable adhesive would be the ideal solution for Philips.  It was up to the GM Nameplate San Jose team to help Philips get from concept to conclusion. Managing the constraints of a target price, with high cosmetic requirements and materials that performed in both clean removability for the adhesive and conformability for the decorative label set the bar high. Beginning in January 2009, GM Nameplate San Jose began producing samples for print, performance, and biocompatibility testing. The exciting part of this success is that Philips believes this is just the beginning for this program. Gerry Gallagher has been spearheading a team of individuals from both Seattle and San Jose to insure that we stay at the forefront of this program as it evolves and grows. It was the collaborative efforts of our sales force and the many expert resources at our manufacturing plants that helped to provide successes like Philips. hx6311.jpg ...

Other Useful Online Resources

...Theme Options The Internet now provides a wealth of information and other resources for the manufacturing community. We list important web-links below for background information on many of the pro... ...pical engineers daily reference needs, you’ll find conversion calculators, formulas, material specifications, etc. Focuses on “the basics”—things you know you knew but can&rsqu... ...c (www.globalspec.com): One of the most complete engineering references available. Links to product specifications, patents, material properties and standards. Engnet (www.engnetglobal.com): Resourc... ...ogy (www.mayoclinictechnology.com): NASA Technology (technology.nasa.gov):    Material specifications MatWeb (www.matweb.com): Complete searchable database of material properties and specifications. Includes thermoplastic polymers, thermoset polymers, superalloys, ferrous and nonferrous metals, pu... ...kinds of technical information and forums for engineers and designers to connect with one another. Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (www.sgia.org): Provides information and educational opportunities to switch producers, buyers, industry suppliers and OEMs. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (www.asme.org): Source for information impacting the mechanical engineering community, as well as conferences and other education opportunities.    Regulatory Compliance Underwriter’s Laboratories (www.ul.com): Testing agen... ...ng How Stuff Works (www.howstuffworks.com): Explanations of how just about anything works from the human body to complex machines. visible ...

GM Nameplate Enhances Nameplate Capabilities with the Addition of Park Nameplate

...e ways to decorate and fabricate aluminum products with nameplates, medallions, badges, bezels, and many other types of product identification and metallic enhancements. Located in Dover, New Ha... ...rtification of nameplates. The addition of Park with these capabilities added to the wide range of resources and capabilities GM Nameplate currently has, will ensure our ability to deliver greater va... ... their unique skills and capabilities.” ABOUT GM NAMEPLATE Established in 1954, GM Nameplate specializes in the custom design and manufacture of branding components including nameplates, decals, labels and custom panels; electronic input devic... ... and large format digital graphics. GM Nameplate is recognized worldwide as a leading international manufacturer, which provides products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations every t...

GM Nameplate Named One of Washington’s Best Workplaces by Puget Sound Business Journal

...ous process, which included more than 230 nominees and the completion of surveys by nominee-company employees across the state, workplaces in four different categories have been identified as Washington's best, based on their various employee benefit offerings, leadership culture and work/life balance philosophies. In total, 85 companies made the... ...t, SuperGraphics President Greg Root, HR Director Debbie Thompson, and Marketing and Communications Specialist Elise Harrington represented GM Nameplate at the event. This was GM Nameplates first time... ...uo; said Brad Root, GMN Seattle President. “It is an honor to be among the State’s best employers.” “Work-force development has never been more important – or more diffic... ...nformation, has an important role to play in drawing attention to innovations and excellence in the management of our region’s No. 1 resource: its people.” The finalists – 25 small c... ...best.html About GM Nameplate Established in 1954, GM Nameplate specializes in the custom design and manufacturing of branding components including nameplates, decals, labels and custom panels; electro... ... and large format digital graphics. GM Nameplate is recognized worldwide as a leading international manufacturer, which provides products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations every t...

GM Nameplate Selected as a Finalist in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Best Workplaces Program

...rogram organized through the Puget Sound Business Journal to recognize outstanding Washington State employers. The program identifies and recognizes best practices in the workplace. The Washingt... ...rogram organized through the Puget Sound Business Journal to recognize outstanding Washington State employers. The program identifies and recognizes best practices in the workplace. “We are very exci... ... for this year’s PSBJ’s Washington’s Best Workplaces and to be recognized as one of the state’s top employers,” said Gerry Gallagher, GM Nameplate VP of Marketing and Sales. Selection was based off of responses from an employee engagement survey that a majority percentage of GM Nameplate employees participated in. The survey covered questions involving all aspects of employee engagement in the workplace, including tenure, recognition and development. On August 9, the Puget Sound Business Journal will be hosting an award ceremony at Safeco Field to celebrate and honor all finalist companies, and announce 2012 Washington’s Best Workplaces. About GM Nameplate Established in 1954, GM Nameplate specializes in the custom design and manufacturing of branding components including nameplates, decals, labels and custom panels; electronic input devices such as membrane switches, rubber keypads and touch screens; decorated and molded plastic components; value added assemblies; and large format digital graphics. GM Nameplate is recognized worldwide as a leading international manufacturer, which provides products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations every time. GM Nameplate is a privately owned company with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The company employs nearly 1,000 people throughout facilities in California, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Canada and Asia. ### Contact: Elise Harrington, GM Nameplate Marketing & Communications Specialist Phone: 206-298-0255 E-mail: eliseh@gmnameplate.com PressReleases.jpg Don't To...

GM Nameplate Wins Physio-Control Supplier of the Year Award for 2012

...ntrol’s Jeremy Rife, VP of Global Supply Chain Operations, Mac Madden, Senior Director of Strategic Sourcing, and Liz Nixon, Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist. “We are so fortunate to have partners like Physio-Control — to be awarded Supplier of the Year is an honor,” said Brad Root. Ever year, Physio-Control’s supply management team scores all suppliers on part quality, on-time delivery, responsiveness to customer service needs and technical engineering support for new products. All areas of performance are looked at including schedule, cost, and quality. Some highlights of GM Nameplates performance in the past year include: • No supplier corrective actions for over 18 months. • Perfect on-time delivery performance for 15 months. GM Nameplate and Physio-Control started their partnership in 1968. Today, GM Nameplate supplies over 100 parts for Physio-Control. About Physio-Control Physio-Control, Inc. is headquartered in Redmond, Washington. The company operates in over 100 countries and is the world’s leading provider of professional emergency medical response solutions. To find out more about Physio-Control, go to www.physio-control.com. About GM Nameplate Established in 1954, GM Nameplate specializes in the custom design and manufacture of branding components including nameplates, decals, labels and custom panels; electronic input devices such as membrane switches, rubber keypads and touch screens; decorated and molded plastic components; value added assemblies; and large format digital graphics. GM Nameplate is recognized worldwide as a leading international manufacturer, which provides products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations every time. GM Nameplate is a privately owned company with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The company employs nearly 1,000 people throughout facilities in California, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Canada and Asia. ### Contact: Elise Harrington, GM Nameplate Marketing & Communications Specialist Phone: 206-298-0255 E-mail: eliseh@gmnameplate.com GM Nameplate Wins Physio-Control S...

Hundreds of suppliers, one Boeing 737 airplane

...ilots and mechanics. In all, it amounts to more than a million pieces a year, each meeting a specific airline’s color, branding and language specifications. Just getting the right hue of white to match each airline’s interior walls can be a challenge. “It’s amazing how many different formulations we have,” said Greg Root, president of the company's SuperGraphics division. Boeing Co. is one of the nation’s biggest and best-known manufacturers, employing 158,000 workers and producing tens of billions of dollars worth of commercial jets and defense systems annually for customers worldwide. But to assemble just one model of airplane — the 737, its smallest and most popular commercial jet — the company relies on a complex web of hundreds of suppliers providing everything from engines and fuselages to seats and exit signs. “We can’t be experts in everything,” said Helene Michael, vice president of manufacturing operations for the 737 program. Instead, Boeing likes to think of itself as an expert in getting all the parts in the right place at the right time, and then putting them together quickly. “We kind of pride ourselves on being a large-scale systems integrator,” said John Hamilton, chief engineer for the 737 program. “The more efficient we get, the longer we stay in the phone book,” Michael said. Move to ‘lean’ manufacturing The 737 production lines stretches down two sides of a building so large some workers use oversized tricycles to get from one end to another. On a typical day, the moving line of green-hued, unpainted airplanes chugs along at about two inches a minute, as workers install the thousands of parts that transform the fuselage from an empty shell to a flight-ready machine. Employees work around the clock five days a week on multiple airplanes, producing 31.5 new 737s a month, with each 737 coming together in 11 days. About 9,800 employees work in the Renton facility on both the 737 program and the P/8A Poseidon, a military version produced for the Navy. It wasn’t always this way. In the late 1990s, after a crisis so great that Boeing actually briefly shut down the plant, the company began a drastic overhaul of the Renton facility. Between 2000 and 2006, relying on the type of “lean” manufacturing principles pioneered by carmaker Toyota, Boeing made the gradual shift from building 737s at stations to running a moving production line. Such changes have cut the amount of time it takes to produce a 737 in half, from 22 days to 11. Michael’s ultimate goal is to cut the production time to eight days per plane. Competitive threats The company says such improvements may be necessary to its survival. The various 737 models account for about 33 percent of all Boeing and Airbus planes flying today, according to Forecast International. But while Boeing has chiefly competed with Airbus until now, the company is facing looming threats from a slate of potential competitors who are developing similar airplanes in China, Russia, Brazil and Canada. Although Boeing and Airbus are the key players in the large commercial airplane market right now, aviation consultant Mike Boyd notes that several of the programs in development could quickly play catch up. "Things can change really quickly," he said. The airplane maker’s efficiency push has a ripple effect on Boeing suppliers. GM Nameplate, the graphics supplier, said it is sometimes asked to rush an order from its Seattle plant to the Renton facility in just a few hours, so production can keep flowing despite an unexpected change in an airline’s needs. GM Nameplate has production facilities in China and Singapore but said it would not make sense to make the products for Boeing there.“It’d cost more to ship it back than it would to produce it here,” said Brad Root, president of GM Nameplate's Seattle division. Even Boeing’s own units say they feel the pressure. Internal suppliers On a recent weekday morning, Brian Crabtree was at work at Boeing’s Interiors Responsibility Center in Everett, north of Seattle, pulling new 737 interior panels from an industrial oven. By the end of the day, about 100 of those panels would be completed and shipped 30 miles south to the 737 plant in Renton to be installed on a new airplane, perhaps as early as that evening. The quick turnaround, from GM Nameplate, leaves little inventory sitting around, which saves money. Hamilton, the 737 engineer, concedes the company could move its interiors manufacturing to an overseas supplier but said the Boeing unit has been able to stay competitive. “Right now, we believe that making those locally is the right thing to do,” he said. Re-engine, or rethink? As the 737 model ages and faces increased competition, bigger changes are likely on the horizon. The company is currently evaluating whether to introduce a new, more efficient engine to the aircraft, a move that would require other major design changes. The company also could move to a completely new airplane design, a costly undertaking that may be difficult as it is still flight-testing the brand new 787, the wide-body 747-8 and the P/8A for the Navy. In addition, Boeing is gearing up to launch a new interior for the 737. Still, the potential for such changes have left some worried that Boeing will choose to make future narrow-body aircraft in another part of the U.S., or even another country. “What Washington state has to worry about, and I suppose America, is what Boeing decides to do with those replacement airplanes,” said aerospace analyst Scott Hamilton with Leeham Co. John Hamilton, the 737 engineer, said he doesn’t envision the company moving its assembly any time soon. “I think we’ll continue to build the airplane in the U.S. for a long time,” he said. Gesturing toward the Renton factory floor, where workers hovered around the glistening line of 737s, he said: “You can’t readily duplicate that overseas.” For more information on this story, please visit http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36507420/ns/business-us_business/ Contact: Shannon Kirk, Marketing Manager   msnbc_gmn.jpg Don't Touch Special Announcements msn.gif SEATTLE - GM Nameplate isn’t exactly a household name, but its produ...

GM Nameplate US Divisions receive renewal of ISO9001:2008 quality system certification

...’s divisions fulfilled all the requirements according to ISO 9001:2008. ISO 9001:2008 is a quality management systems standard for many industries in the United States. The ISO 9001:2008 certification means that GM Nameplate’s quality systems m... ...ed to continuous improvement of our quality system. In addition to our ISO 9001:2008 certification, many of our facilities have additional certifications. Our Seattle and Oregon divisions’ quality sys... ...:2008 guidance is just one of the international standards used by GM Nameplate to focus our Quality Management System and every one of our associates to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Martin Espinola, GMN Corporate Quality Director. “We continually work to identify opportunities and implement improvements to our capabilities and processes under stringent controls.” To learn more about GM Nameplate’s quality system certifications please visit the “Resources” section of our website. About GM Nameplate GM Nameplate is a privately owned company with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The company employs approximately 1,000 individuals throughout facilities in California, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Canada and Asia. The company manages a number of brands to better serve specific industries such as Elite Plastics, Elite Label, GMN Aerospace and SuperGraphics. Contact: Elise Harrington GM Nameplate 206-284-2200 eliseh@gmnameplate.com www.gmnameplate.com TUV Reinland Logo Don't Touch Special Announcements tuv_rheinland.png GM Nameplate announced that its US Divisions have passed r...

Nissan Emblem

... Miniature Precision Components (MPC), a Tier 1 Automotive supplier specializing in molded components under the hood of an automobile, was searching for a U.S. based nameplate manufacturer after Nissa... ...hood environment, passing the required salt-spray and thermal cycle testing. As a result of expert resources and capabilities, and a successful start for this program, Nissan Purchasing has given the...

Don Root and Brad Root named Manufacturing Executives of the Year at the 2013 Washington Manufacturing Awards

...26/2013 SEATTLE, Washington (April 26, 2013) – At Seattle Business Magazine’s 2013 Manufacturing Awards, Don Root and Brad Root, were jointly awarded Manufacturing Executive of the Year in the large company category. This is the second time a member of GM Nameplate has been a finalist for a Washington Manufacturing Award. The Washington Manufacturing Awards are organized annually by the Seattle Business Magazine to recognize the state’s top manufacturers. At the beginning of the year GM Nameplate was nominated for the award. There are six award categories: Manufacturing Executive of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Emerging Manufacturer, Innovator of the Year, Food Processor of the Year, and Nonprofit Manufacturer of the Year. “This award is for GM Nameplate as a whole – our family, our employees, and our customers, who we consider a part of our family,” said Brad Root. “As a business, it is our value and belief in our people that really help our business grow. “We are fortunate to have fantastic customers locally and around the world,” said Don Root. “We are very proud to be a part of Washington manufacturing.” Nominees were judged by a panel of six judges. Don Root, chairman of GM Nameplate, and Brad Root, president of GM Nameplate’s Seattle Division, were selected for their display of excellence in leadership, contributions to the manufacturing industry, and their commitment to continuous workplace improvement. “We believe the only ceiling is the one we set. And we plan to continue to raise that,” said Brad Root.GM Nameplate extends congratulations to all winners and finalists from the Washington Manufacturing Awards. It is honored to be amongst the state’s best manufacturers. To learn more about the award please visit the article on the Seattle Business Magazine’s website. About GM Nameplate GM Nameplate is family owned and operated with nearly 60 years of experience in Washington manufacturing. Today, the GM Nameplate family has grown exponentially with more than 1,100 members worldwide. Our employees, customers, and community make us the thriving company that we are. Established in 1954, GM Nameplate specializes in the custom design and manufacture of branding components, electronic input devices, value added assemblies, and large format digital graphics. The company is recognized worldwide as a leading manufacturer, that provides products and services that exceed customer expectations every time. GM Nameplate is a privately owned company with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington. About Seattle Business Seattle Business is a monthly magazine read by more than 100,000 business executives across the state. Annual events tied to its editorial coverage include the Executive Excellence Awards, Leaders in Health Care, the Washington Manufacturing Awards, Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, the Green Washington Awards, Tech Impact Awards and Washington's Family Business Awards. Seattle Business is owned by Minneapolis-based Tiger Oak Media, which also publishes Seattle magazine, Seattle Bride magazine and more than 20 other leading regional magazines. ### Contact: Elise Harrington, GM Nameplate Marketing & Communications Specialist Phone: 206-298-0255 E-mail: eliseh@gmnameplate.com   Don and Brad Root co-Executives of the Year at Washington Manufacturing Awards Don't Touch Special Announcements don_and_brad_root_co-manufacturing_executives_of_the_year_2013.jpg At the Seattle Business Magazine’s 2013 Manufacturing Awards, Don Root and Brad Root, were jointly awarded Manufacturing Executive of the Year in the large company category. This is the first time GM Nameplate has been a finalist for a Washington Manufacturing Award. Don Root and Brad Root named Manufacturing Executives of the Year at the 2013 Washington Manufacturing Awards ...