Key Considerations When Choosing a Die Cutting Company

Die Cutting EquipmentWhen considering custom die cutting services for your applications and to make an informed decision, it’s important to know a company’s capabilities, experience, expertise, processes, and even certifications where applicable. Not all custom die cutting services are the same. In fact, though custom die-cutting is a fabrication process, there are different kinds of processes for different types of material and their applications.

Die-cutting is a versatile production method that can be easily customized for a wide range of products and product parts. It is vital to the manufacture of components and parts in a variety of industrial sectors. More than simply converting stock material into a specific shape or design, custom die cutting services utilize CNC machines and specific tooling methods to cut, form and shear stock material to specifications. The process is suitable for such materials as metal, plastic, wood, or composites.

Custom Die Cutting Processes
Because die-cutting fabrication processes vary greatly, a custom shop will offer custom-designed tools and dies attached to specialized machinery in production. Custom die-cutting shops will have several different cutting operational capabilities to perform such services as kiss cutting, through cutting, perforating, bending, broaching, coining, curling, swaging, scoring, and creasing.

There are several different die-cutting methods such as flatbed, punch press, rotary, digital, and platen press that are used in producing a variety of products. Each type of press has its own advantages. Choosing one is dependent on product requirements and specifications—types of material, desired tolerances of the cut, size of the part, costs, lead times, and production output determine the appropriate custom die-cutting process to employ for the application.
When choosing a die cutting company, look for such custom services beyond the actual cutting of material. Experience and expertise in such services would include aid in design, prototyping and manufacturing, providing technical insight and guidance, and advice in development to meet exact product specifications. The service may also include specialties in material selection for your products, from the right stock material for the job to the best yield to produce the most accurate part at the most competitive price.

These types of attributes mean that the die-cutting company you choose can provide engineering solutions to the toughest challenges in any phase of product development. From concept and drawing to prototyping and testing, turning an idea into reality is a multistep process. In choosing a die cutting company, a key consideration then is the years of experience—not only how long the company has been in business but the combined experience of its personnel. Providing the right engineering solutions can make all the difference in product development and the success of your product. Experience and expertise can further guide customers in choosing the right material to improve the quality of the product. It can ensure the integrity of the design that results in a fully functioning part or component ready for a full-scale production run.

Quality Management Systems
Another consideration to help in your selection process is inquiring about the quality control protocols the company has in place. The benchmark for quality management systems is the achievement of ISO 9001, the international standard for quality management systems. ISO 9001 promotes and defines the criteria for the development, implementation and effectiveness of a quality management system for companies, businesses, and organizations.

The ISO 9001 quality management standard focuses on customer-oriented quality management principles to ensure consistent, quality services and products for customers. The standard signifies that that company is focused on customer service. ISO certification is not a dues-paying, open application membership program for companies. To achieve ISO 9001 status a company must meet stringent criteria as defined in the certification requirements and then pass a review and ISO audit—it is earned through service. This criterion must be met every 3 years to maintain certification. In other words, a company recognized and certified by ISO 9001 international standards is a company to depend on.

Considering a custom die cutting service to manufacturing your product is an important decision. To choose a custom die cutting company, inquire of its capabilities, experience, engineering expertise, and quality control protocols. In doing so, it will not only make sure that the company has the services required for your product, but will greatly ensure your product’s success. H. Loeb Corporation is an ISO 9001:2015 registered shop with a commitment to quality. Our true talent is in the team that H. Loeb has assembled to solve problems. Contact us today and let us help find the right solution for your unique requirements.