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How Using Face Shields as PPE in Classrooms Can Benefit Students and Teachers

Going back to school has never been so complicated.

As leaders continue to make decisions about sending students and teachers into classrooms again, they are considering a wide range of precautions in the hopes of preventing the spread of disease.

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How to Manage Market Development Funds to Grow Sales and Build Partnerships [with Examples]

There’s always a better way.

A better way to handle conflict.

A better way to manage your time.

A better way to use your market development funds.

Market development funds (MDF) are often overlooked. They tend to be used at the end of the year for branding on items like golf balls, t-shirts, and hats.

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How to Make a Disaster Recovery Plan and Why Your Business Needs One

Ready? Set? Pivot!

Once the reality of the COVID-19 outbreak set in, governments, businesses, and schools were forced to find new directions. However, no one really had an “in case of pandemic, break glass” box in their office.

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‘Everybody Is Trying to Get This Right’: Why Businesses Should Discuss How They’re Handling COVID-19

“We’re all in this together.”

Influencers and commentators utter these words repeatedly on TV and online as we try to figure out how to live in a world with COVID-19. Though it’s beginning to sound like a broken record, the sentiment is one Mueller takes seriously.

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How Shifting to Domestic Material Sourcing Puts You In Control

We’ve learned a lot from the COVID-19 outbreak so far.

Our need for face-to-face interaction with family and friends is substantial. The number of times we touch our faces every day is absurd. How much we rely on imported materials is frightening.

The global pandemic has put a serious strain on our economy and disrupted the way we do business. It’s vital to support U.S. companies now more than ever.

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Why Mueller Is Shifting Focus to Make Face Shields

As lives are lost, routines are disrupted, and priorities are shifted, we at Mueller have found ourselves in a unique position to pitch in during this turbulent time.

We want to contribute to the effort to help first responders shield themselves in their dauntless attempts to treat patients. We also know you want to do your part in providing for medical professionals who are in dire need of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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How & Why Mueller is Creating Face Shields

People are in need of face shields more than ever. That’s why we’re ramping up our production of PRO-SHIELD 1 here at Mueller.

We’ll explain what a face shield is (they are not the same as surgical face masks and respirators), Mueller’s experience creating them, and an introduction to the face shield we’re creating to help those in need.

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Why You Should Work with a Custom Cut Solutions Team That Partners with Independent Labs

Material testing and qualification is very important in all industries, especially health and safety. Making sure your materials have the proper certifications is essential for creating great products, so it pays to confirm that you meet those requirements. 

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How Does Material Certification Affect Medical Products?

The health and safety industry holds its tools and devices to a very high standard, and rightfully so. These products are used in and around people who need them, making it very important to ensure that they are safe. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Materials in the Health & Safety Industry

The medical industry is highly regulated, with little room for error or unsatisfactory products. That’s why it’s important to know what you need from your materials before you go into production, including the numerous factors that contribute to selection: tests, certifications, and other processes.

In this guide, the health and safety experts at Mueller will explain the factors and questions that should guide your material selection and inventorying processes. We’ve listed the different sections below, so feel free to select the topic most pertinent to your business before moving on to others. 

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What Medical Materials Can Withstand the Sterilization Process?

In the medical world, clean and sterile equipment is very important. As businesses that operate in this industry, we often have to produce parts that users can sterilize. How do you know what sterilization process is correct? And what materials can even be sterilized?

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How to Avoid & Handle Post-Launch Product Recalls in the Medical Industry

Your business works hard on your products, carefully planning and testing before sending them off to customers. However, mistakes can happen, and they often have serious consequences.

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What Is Rapid Prototyping and How Can It Benefit Your Business?

Manufacturers across the globe are constantly creating new, innovative products in markets like health and safety. To keep your business competitive, you need a process that gets results quickly. Rapid prototyping does just that.

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Are Materials in the Health & Safety Industry More Expensive Than Other Markets?

Products used in hospitals, dentist offices, and medical practices often save lives, and everything from IV bags to MRI machines relies on reliable materials. As a result, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that those materials cost more than those in, say, the HVAC industry.

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Comparing High-Temperature Resistant Materials in the Medical Industry

Medical devices are often complicated and full of moving parts. These components usually generate heat, which can have a negative effect on products if the temperature gets too high. 

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What Are the Most Common Inventory Programs in the Health and Safety Industry?

Recently, there has been a movement in the manufacturing world to decrease inventory overhead. Without realizing it, your business might be overspending on inventory management and stocking.

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How to Identify, Seal, and Protect Against Conditioned Air Leaks in HVAC Applications

When you think of conditioned air, you probably imagine walking into a cool room on a hot day. With the help of air handlers, we have found ways to control the temperature and keep both our living and working spaces comfortable. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Material Selection in the HVAC Industry

HVAC is an established and regulated industry, which makes it occasionally difficult to find ways to innovate. One of the best ways to be innovative is to optimize your business’s material selection process.

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How to Cut Cost with Material Selection in the HVAC Industry

All manufacturers want to create great products, but it’s not always easy to do so in a cost-effective way. However, in an industry as old as HVAC, there are many opportunities to cut costs if you know where to look. 

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How to Know When to Use Universal & Custom Tube Sizes in HVAC Applications

The pipes that connect a unit are vital when it comes to HVAC applications. In order to keep a product up and running, pipes must remain free of moisture or stress, which is where insulation tubing comes in.

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How to Choose HVAC Product Materials Based on UL Flammability Rating

There are numerous environmental factors that can affect the performance of a product, but fire might be the most destructive. To counteract this force, manufacturers developed flame-resistant materials and chemicals to protect our products.

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Best Adhesive Replacements for Mechanical Fasteners in HVAC Applications

That’s where adhesives come in. Adhesives make an excellent case for replacing mechanical fasteners in many applications: they perform multiple functions at the same time, can decrease assembly time, and create more aesthetically pleasing products. But how do you know if adhesives are the right substitution for your project?

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Comparing the Best Alternatives to Frame Gaskets in HVAC Applications

Frame gaskets are the first line of defense when it comes to keeping HVAC products secure. They work to seal out dust, debris, moisture, and other environmental factors, making them an essential component of any unit.

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The Best Low-Cost Materials for Thermal, Acoustic, Sealing, and Gasketing HVAC Applications

In an established market like HVAC, it’s hard to find new ways to save money, since you’re likely familiar with many of the materials used in the industry.

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Comparing The Most Common Materials in HVAC Insulation Applications (Fiberglass vs. Foam vs. Non-Wovens)

The HVAC market has been around for some time, which means that certain materials are recognized as the best of the best. Among the most common materials are fiberglass and foams, including crushed, open-cell, and closed-cell varieties. 

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Choosing the Right Materials for Any Transportation Application

Transportation is a massive and ever-changing industry, with countless opportunities for profit. However, you can only do this by creating products of the highest quality. Quality starts with materials, which means you have to make the right choices when it comes to parts.

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What Materials Help Solve Post Production Noise Issues?

There’s nothing worse than a noisy product. Some items, like generators or air conditioning units, are noisy by nature. However, when something begins buzzing, squeaking, or rattling, there might be more considerable problems.

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Comparing Polyurethane Foams & Polyester Non-Wovens in Thermoacoustic Applications

When you manufacture a product, you want it to be durable and work efficiently. However, factors like heat and noise can affect your product negatively. 

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How to Choose the Best PVC Foam For Any Application

When you manufacture products across different industries, it’s important to find materials that meet multiple needs. If your business is in this situation, chances are you’ve heard of PVC foam.

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How To Choose the Best Material for Gasketing & Sealing in Automotive Applications

It is crucial for automotive manufacturers to be aware of all potential issues with the vehicles they produce. These issues all start with the materials that make up a product, which makes choosing the right one is key.

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The Most Important Factors to Consider When Choosing the Best Tape or Adhesive

Most products that your business produces will require adhesives to help them function properly, which is why choosing the best tape or adhesive for your products every time is so important. If you don’t make the right choice, your products increase their risk for failure.

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How To Get the Best Cost When Working With a Custom Solutions Team

When you begin the process of sourcing a custom cut solution, you naturally want the lowest price possible. However, it is difficult to learn how you can get that low price without first understanding the costs and fees associated with your solution.

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Why Are Low VOC Materials Important in Automotive Applications?

The automotive industry is rapidly changing. One of the most significant changes recently is the focus on reducing the output of pollution originating from materials used while manufacturing vehicles.

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How to Decide Between Domestic & Imported Material Sourcing

Great products start with great materials, making sourcing an important step in any supply chain. 

As procurement officers, choosing the right material source for both you and your customers can be a difficult decision. Should you source materials domestically? Or should you look offshore for materials? Does the source even matter?

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Choosing the Right Materials for Electronic Products

Electronics are likely a massive source of business for your company. With that in mind, you must be confident that the products you’re producing are built to last and get the job done. At Mueller, we’re here to make sure that your electronics do just that.

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Qualities for Electromagnetic Shielding Materials in Electronics

When it comes to electronic products, consistent performance is vital. However, when electromagnetic interference (EMI) comes into play, performance can be jeopardized. Luckily, there are ways to ensure the integrity of a product. 

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Best Materials for Containing Environmental Interference in Electronic Products

There are plenty of issues that can be planned for when developing electronic products. Many times, you can account for factors like noise, temperature, and insulation. However, one of the most essential elements to consider is the environment the product will be in. 

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Best Materials for Dissipating Heat in Electronics (Thermal Grease vs. Tape vs. Pads)

As long as machines, tools, and devices have running parts, they will have heat, and as we all know, too much heat can be problematic. With heat dissipation materials, those issues can be avoided in electronic products. However, it isn’t always clear what material to use to dissipate heat in your products best. 

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Best Materials for Handling Acoustic Issues in Electronic Products

As consumers, we know there’s nothing worse than a noisy product. But as manufacturers, we also understand that ensuring our product’s functionality is the number one priority during production. 

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What Type of Foam is Better for Gasket Applications? (Open-Cell vs. Closed-Cell)

When looking for the perfect way to seal your next product, the variety of potential gaskets on the market can be overwhelming. Chances are you’ve determined you need a gasket, but may not be sure of the material you need to use.

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What Determines the Cost of Your Order with Mueller?

As a consumer, it is natural to wonder how the price of any product or service is determined. Plenty of companies will give you a quote, but how many actually explain what determines the cost that a quote provides?

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What Type of Adhesive Should You Use? (Rubber-Based vs. Acrylic-Based)

When choosing the proper adhesive for your part it is imperative to know the application. Will the part be wrapping around an object? Will the parts be laying flat? Is there an extreme bend (90°, 180°, etc.)? These are the types of questions that when answered up front can determine whether your part will perform to expectations or fail once placed on the production parts.

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High vs. Low Compression Sets: What Gaskets Types Are Needed For Each?

Attention to detail is crucial when crafting electronic products. That’s why it’s crucial to select the correct type of gasket for your product, which isn’t always an easy decision to make. 

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