Oct. 10, 2022
Companies everywhere use die-cutting machines on a daily basis. Die-cutting equipment is designed to create specific shapes using a wide range of materials. Manufacturers typically shape paper, cardboard, rubber, foam and other materials used in the production and shipping of their products.
The digital industrial automation die-cutting and printing finishing machine can quickly print commercial batches in a wide range of colours.
Die-cutting machines are designed to cut/emboss a wide range of materials, from paper, vinyl, vellum and card to fabric, plastic, thin metal and leather, all of which can be embossed or cut. Leather (for shoemaking) is the first material to be die-cut. Some units can cut wood, such as balsa and cork. Any 'low strength' material can usually be fed through the cutter, including rubber, foil, cloth and foam.
Accurate And Fast Feeding
The main purpose of a die-cutting machine is to create a neat, clean and even cut design. Cutting machines can be manual or automatic; simple presses or high-end automatics. The type of cutter chosen depends on the complexity of the project and the material being used. Lower die-cutting pressures are more suitable for thinner materials such as paper and cardstock. Cutters can be rotary, similar to traditional in-line printing beds, or flatbeds, such as those used in production runs. Flatbeds are more cost-effective, but slower.
Manual cutting models have a crank-operated rolling base. The crank moves the base and the material is positioned underneath the die-cutting blade and the press. The material is pressed, cut or embossed. Manual cutters are often used for labels or stamps or for stickers for scrapbooking and quilting. Some machines can produce fine lace patterns and small prints. Simple presses usually come with pre-made metal dies.
Automatic cutters can often be plugged in and operated like a scanner or printer. Materials are placed on self-adhesive paper so they do not move during the die-cutting process High-end models allow for computerised template design/saving Vinyl lettering, scrapbook pages, engraving, perforating and embossing a wider range of materials, including heavier and textured fabrics, sheet metal and leather.
Novice craftsmen may prefer a die cutter that includes creative and graphic prints as well as letter/alphabet and number stencils.
Die-cutting machines have many uses, and some company owners may not be aware of just how versatile these machines can be. If you are looking for a solution to a manufacturing problem, die-cutting may be at least part of the answer. Here are some areas where die-cutters are often used.
Packing. Shipping and handling problems plague companies everywhere. Without proper packaging, damage can easily occur during transport. The size of the package is also an issue. Many shippers find that packages must meet very specific size requirements in order to fit on a pallet or be considered acceptable by USPS, UPS or FedEx.
Foam cutting. Foam is commonly used for automotive parts, insulation and packaging. Companies ship a high percentage of their products in specially designed foam packaging. The use of die-cutting machines makes it easy to create packaging. Car manufacturers use foam materials for insulation and padding throughout the vehicle. The uses for foam are almost countless, and all of them must be properly shaped to serve their intended purpose.
Applications of MCT series Rotary Die Cutter
Shaping plastics. As the use of plastics expands, so does the need to mould this material. Die-cutting machines are used to mould plastic parts in many environments.
Forming rubber parts. Rubber and rubber-like materials are widely used to produce gaskets, seals and a variety of other automotive parts. However, rubber parts are also common in many manufacturing environments. Materials can be easily cut to exacting standards using die-cutting machines.
Fibre products. Clothing and furniture manufacturers immediately come to mind when discussing ways to quickly cut fabric and other fibre products. Using a die cutter in these environments reduces labour costs, minimises waste and ensures that the same cut is achieved every time.
Of course, there are other areas where die-cutting machines are used and it pays to discuss your needs with a representative from IECHO when exploring innovative ways to improve your company's overall performance and profitability.
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