Vacuum laminator added to GM Nameplate's Seattle Division

Monday, September 28, 2015
Front panel integration vacuum laminator

SEATTLE, Washington (September 28, 2015) – The Seattle, WA division of GM Nameplate has a new capability to offer customers in bonding technology. GMN is now equipped with a vacuum laminator to provide optically clear adhesive (OCA) bonding. As the latest addition to GMN’s capabilities, this new process complements existing bonding technologies including air gap bonding and liquid optically clear adhesive (LOCA) bonding. These bonding technologies are used to join together layers of display components.

OCA technology is a highly regarded bonding option because it is capable of providing a very thin bond line. The process also offers additional value by providing a tighter tolerance to create more consistent bond lines from part to part as well as within a single part.

“This new laminator provides tremendous new options within our display integration capabilities to offer our customers,” said Jim Badders, GMN’s director of display integration.

GMN began offering front panel integration and bonding technologies in 1995 as customers began moving from keypads and membrane switches to touchscreen technologies. As front panel integration needs have evolved, GMN has expanded its capabilities to better serve customers.

“As more and more people have adapted to smartphones, people are expecting all interfaces to respond in the same way. The new bonding process provides exceptionally thin bond lines so devices can mimic the look and feel of a smartphone,” said Gerry Gallagher, VP of sales and marketing. 

GMN’s new rigid-to-rigid line offers valued solutions through a custom-made vacuum laminator. This machine also has the capability to work in tandem with the LOCA process, providing customers with more flexibility for their integration solutions. 

To learn more, visit the GMN front panel integration and bonding page along with the bonding blog series

About GM Nameplate

GMN is recognized as a leading international manufacturer that meets and exceeds customer expectations every time. Established in 1954, GMN has grown its capabilities from nameplates and brand identity, to include labels, die-cuts, front panel integration, printed electronics and biosensors, plastics, keypads and more. The company is committed to serving its customers with the highest quality possible.