How Precision Die Technologies Benefit Manufacturers
In the competitive world of manufacturing, there’s not much room for “close enough.” Manufacturers need to use the most advanced technologies available to get results that meet specifications every time. Precision die technologies for die cutting materials are one important way to do that.
Now more than ever, there’s a huge array of precision die cutting techniques available to manufacturers who need them. CTI offers precision die cutting technologies to our customers, and we love to help people understand what these tools do.
What is Die Cutting?
Here’s a quick recap of the basics of die cutting. The die cutting process uses specially designed tools and machines to produce cuts, slits, and shapes in various materials. Typically, the process is accomplished via industrial machines like flatbed die cutters.
Die cutting is known for its precision and scale. A well-made die can produce extremely precise results, and it can produce them consistently. That’s important for manufacturers, who need to be able to depend on the quality of their components. Furthermore, die cutting allows fast processing of large amounts of material. That’s big for businesses that need to produce goods efficiently at scale.
Manufacturers use die cutting to cut and shape many different materials. Die cutting can tackle anything from paper to fabric to wood or even metal. The technology’s incredible versatility makes it popular in a wide range of industries, from personal care to automotive products.
Die Cutting Technologies
Several different die cutting machine technologies are popular with manufacturers today:
- Flatbed Die Cutter: A common and versatile type of die cutter that uses steel rule dies and a hydraulic press to cut shapes out of material
- Used For: Harder/denser materials, small production runs, large surface areas
- Rotary Die Cutter: Another common die cutting technology that uses a rotating cylinder die and feeds web materials through via a motorized drive
- Used For: Flexible web materials, large production runs, complex designs
- Digital Die Cutter: A die cutting method that use a computer-controlled interface (such as a CNC machining platform) to perform die cuts
- Used For: Low-shear, high-throughput materials that still need extreme accuracy
The Benefits of Precision Die Technologies
All types of die cutters are designed to produce extremely precise results. However, some methods have an exceptional level of precision that sets them apart. Digital die cutters and rotary die cutters, for example, are known to produce some of the most precise die cuts.
The advantages that manufacturers enjoy when using the most precise die cutting services include:
- Provide consistent and on-spec components for important projects
- Allow the creation of more advanced aesthetic and practical features
- Help develop a reputation for consistent, reliable quality
- Reduce both the financial costs and the safety hazards associated with out of spec parts
Which Die Cutting Technology Offers the Most Precise Results?
Typically, electronic die cutting machines are the most precise type of die cutters. Their computerized controls allow an exceptional degree of precision and consistency. But don’t count out the other types of die presses, particularly rotary die presses, when it comes to accuracy. The key is finding the right die cutting process for your application.
Concerned about the accuracy needed for your die cutting project? Conversion Technologies International can provide precision die technologies that meet all of your needs.
Toll and Contract Services from CTI
The type of die cutting services required varies widely between businesses. Thus, it’s essential to choose a company with the flexibility and die cutting capabilities that meet your needs.
Die Cutting services are among the most common use cases for the model known as toll manufacturing. In toll manufacturing, a business outsources the conversion manufacturing process to a third party manufacturer. But the business will continue to procure its own raw materials for the process.
Toll manufacturing has some similarities to contract manufacturing. However, contract manufacturing outsources an entire supply chain process to a third party manufacturer. That means the third party procures materials as well as performing the conversion process.
Types of Contract Manufacturing We Offer
Likely, you already have a general idea of what you’re looking for as you consider outsourcing a completed version of your product. Notably, we specialize in the die cutting processes as mentioned. We also provide laminating and coating along with product development and improvement.
Some of the Materials We Handle
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Techniques of Our Production Line
- Hot Melt Spray Coating
- Slot die coating
- Hot gravure
- Powder coating
- Belt Laminator
- Roll coating
- Hot roll lamination
- Water-based gravure coating and printing
- Meyer rod coating
- Knife-Over-Roll coating
- Adhesive Coating
- Slitting and Die Cutting
We’re a Contract Manufacturer for Diverse Industries
- Consumer Products and Packaging
Die Cutting from CTI
CTI is your all-in-one source for contract die cutting. As mentioned above, our facilities can perform a full range of die cutting services (as well as other services like lamination and coating). We offer professional die cutting and slitting for all of your material forming needs.
Our conversion manufacturing professionals work with clients from all industries, including some of the biggest names in the market. You can get started with a free quote from CTI today—just call us at 419-924-5566 or contact us online.