This equipment includes a variety of presses in multiple platen sizes and tonnage that perform high speed flatbed die-cutting, high speed rotary die-cutting, automated flatbed (full beam and traveling head) die-cutting, and manual flatbed (full beam and traveling head) die-cutting.
The die cutting processes employed are determined by the size and geometric complexity of the part to be fabricated, the physical characteristics of the material to be cut, the desired edge quality of the part, and of course the volume of parts to be produced.
High Speed Die Cutting processes are most commonly used to produce accurate cut parts with the focus on complex and intricate shapes.
Since the depth of cut can be controlled precisely between anvil and die, this process is ideal for “kiss-cutting” or when zero-gap tolerances are required. Dies are machined from a single piece of tool steel creating a consistently accurate die-cut shape and depth. Material is fed in roll form at high speeds, increasing efficiency while decreasing part price. The process also incorporates multiple in-line processing, making it the efficient and economical solution for medium to high volume runs.
Travel head and beam presses are also used for In Line Cutting / Flat Sheet Cutting using Steel Rule Dies.
This type of die-cutting is perfect for fast turnaround on prototypes and/or production volume runs. It is commonly used to process parts of all sizes as long as exterior and interior features are not overly intricate. The steel rule die cutting process will give your parts superior edge quality and a smooth, clean surface cut to very tight and repeatable tolerances, making it the most economical solution for low to medium volume runs. Note, however, that some of this work is often performed by CNC waterjets, flash cutting machinery or multi-axis routers to avoid the expense of dies and balance the cost of a part’s piece price with the volume expected to be produced.