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In manufacturing and assembly operations, efficient and smooth completion of a process is a necessity. Components that need to be attached to an assembly must be readily available for application, so the product can quickly move to the next station. Read More…

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Evansville, IN  |  800-467-6730

We know that high tech products require die cut parts that are created with precision and care. We have the highest quality standards in the die cutting industry because we know that with die cutting accuracy is so important. After we cut the prototype for your product and after receiving your approval we pledge that your orders will be shipped within ten business days or less.

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Thrust Industries $$$

Franklin, WI  |  800-556-7188

CFS is an ISO 9001:2015 manufacturer of custom die cuts. We utilize rotary die cutting, steel rule, dieless knife cutting, and precision die cutting. We offer low cost tooling and can handle orders of any size. Services include kitting, sheeting, perforating, and many others. We have added printing capabilities to our state-of-the-art Delta ModTech die cutting machine located in our ISO Class 7 Clean Room. CFS supplies many diverse industries including aerospace, electronics, military, and more.

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Custom Fabricating & Supplies $$$

Grand Rapids, MI  |  616-942-7780

When it comes to die cutting, we are the experts! We are a Grand Rapids, Michigan based company but we offer our services to all across the United States. It is our goal to bring exceptional die cutting services to all of our clients while also providing customer service that will keep you coming back to fulfill all of your die cutting needs. Our staff has the experience you can count on to assist you in your projects. Visit our website for more information or email us today!

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Design Converting, Inc. $$$

Garland, TX  |  800-530-0091

Heubach has custom commercial die cutting capability to produce thousand of parts a day. Our steel rule die conversion process enables us to attain accuracy and efficient means of mass producing cut parts. We have high speed die cutting capability to produce fold lines, scores, perforated cuts and partial cuts.

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Heubach Corporation $$$

Seattle, WA  |  800-537-9663

Gardico has been providing superior products and workmanship to industrial customers since 1977. Our die cutting capabilities satisfy needs for standard and custom gaskets, pads, insulators and decorative pieces in quantities from 5 or 10 to tens of thousands.

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Gardico $$$

Carson City, NV  |  800-733-2648

REDCO offers complete die cutting services to produce custom die cut gaskets and other custom die cuts that perfectly match our customers’ specifications. All of our steel rule dies are laser cut to guarantee quality and accuracy of the finished product. We have over 65 years of experience in die cutting non-metallic and metal parts. We strive to provide the best possible prices, the best-quality products and on-time deliveries to a wide range of industries.

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REDCO Rubber Engineering & Development Company $$$

Canonsburg, PA  |  866-672-8100

National Rubber Corporation is a nationwide leader of die cutting services for a wide variety of industries and applications. We provide die cut product quantities from prototypes and short runs to large production runs.

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National Rubber Corp. $$$

Stuart, FL  |  772-286-9278

When it comes to plastic tubing ours is the best in the industry! With over twenty years of field industry experience we are dedicated to providing our customers with products that stand above the rest. Our skilled technicians will work closely with you to come up with the perfect product to fit your exact specifications. To learn more about what we may be able to do for you; visit our website today!

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Britech Industries $$$
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A development that has grown from the need for rapid access and smooth transition is the kiss cutting process; it creates parts, components, and addons in a form that makes them conveniently accessible. Though it is a process that is widely used for consumer products, it has grown into an essential part of production and assembly.

What is Kiss Cutting?

Kiss cutting is a form of die cutting that requires significant modifications and adjustments to a die cutting press. Regardless of whether you use a hydraulic, pneumatic, or mechanical press method, die cutting is a violent process that uses extreme energy and force to shape a workpiece. These aspects of die cutting are removed with kiss cutting.

In die cutting, the ram pushes the punch down onto the die to remove access material and leave a completed part. In kiss cutting, the ram, punch, and die perform the same functions with one exception: kiss cutting does not remove the access material.

A kiss cut is a method of cutting that is very much like a kiss. The ram moves the punch down to the die but stops just short of making a full cut, leaving a layer of material to hold the design; it “kisses” the final layer. The upper layers of the workpiece are shaped, cut, and formed, while the final, back layer remains untouched such that the design remains attached to it.

Items that are Made Using Kiss Cutting

Though most of us don’t realize it, we touch kiss cut items every day in many different forms. Postage stamps are printed on sheets, adhered to sticky paper, and kiss cut for easy removal. The labels on food items are printed and cut using the process. Anything that can peeled off and has an adhesive backing has been kiss cut.

In manufacturing and assembly operations, components and parts, mainly gaskets, are kiss cut such that they can be quickly removed and applied to a product. Unlike sheets of stamps, gaskets are on rolls of adhesive film much like a roll of toilet paper, so they can be rapidly grabbed and applied.

Materials that are Kiss Cut

Any type of material that is pliable, soft, and resilient can be cut using kiss cutting. The most common material is vinyl; it is used for gaskets, labels, sound proofing, and as a protective film.

Several forms of plastic, rubber, and soft metals are shaped and formed using the method to produce products such as toys and bumpers. If a material can adhere to an adhesive backing, it can be subjected to this unique cutting process.