Adhesives - Assembly - Bar Coding - Class A Tools - Design/Engineering - Die Cut - Fixtures - Flash Cut - Form Metal

Adhesives – We use many different types of adhesives in our manufacturing process. The most common is Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, known as PSA. We carry many styles from all the major manufacturers.

Assembly –
The putting together of manufactured parts to make a completed product.

Bar Coding –
We can add bar code labels to the shipping boxes to expedite your receiving process.

Class A tools –
A type of die that has the die block (matrix) mounted on a punch plate with perforators in the upper die with the inner punch mounted in the lower die set. An inverted type of blanking die that punches upwards, leaving the part sitting on the lower punch (after being shed from the upper matrix on the press return stroke) instead of blanking the part through. A compound die allows the cutting of internal and external part features on a single press stroke.

Design/Engineering – The northern California branch can help you pick materials and design features for your part.

Die Cut – Die cutting is the process of using a die to shear webs of low-strength materials, such as rubber, fiber, foil, cloth, paper, corrugated fiberboard, paperboard, plastics, pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes, foam and sheet metal.

Fixtures – Fixtures are used to securely locate (position in a specific location or orientation) and support the work, ensuring that all parts produced using the fixture will maintain conformity and interchangeability.

Flash Cut – Using a range of tools, including oscillating knife, fixed 'drag' knife, electrical oscillating knife, punch's, pricker, creasing tool, rotary cutter and pen's the machine will within minutes of being presented a .dxf shape produce a finished cut piece. Without the expense of tooling, this allows infinite shape ‘tweaking’ and alterations, short runs, prototype or high quantity production resulting from accurate nesting.

Form Metal – The process of adding bends or folds to a metal part.

Kiss Cut – Die cutting process has become precise enough to control the cut so it will only pierce one layer of a laminate but not the second layer. This process is usually used with material that has Pressure Sensitive Adhesive applied to one side.

Labels –
We can provide labels per your specifications for parts and shipping boxes.

Laminate – To apply a different layer to an existing material. The most common process is to apply Pressure Sensitive Adhesive to one side of a gasket material.

Laser Cut – Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser, by computer, at the material to be cut. The material then melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish.

Lathe Cut –
A lathe is a machine tool which rotates the workpiece on its axis to perform various operations such as cutting, sanding, drilling, or turning, with tools that are applied to the workpiece to create an object which has symmetry about an axis of rotation.

Machining – Machining is any of various processes in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size by a controlled material-removal process.

Marking – Permanently add the part number to the part. This can be achieved by ink stamp, embossing, scribing or engraving.

Perforate – Die cutting a line of holes in a part usually to allow a section of the part to fold without breaking.

Score To create a long narrow indentation generally to allow another part to move within the groove or to serve as a guide.

Slitting - Roll slitting is a shearing operation that cuts a large roll of material into narrower rolls.

Special Packaging – We have the resources to handle any of your packaging needs.

Stamping – Stamping (also known as pressing) includes a variety of sheet-metal forming manufacturing processes, such as punching using a machine press or stamping press, blanking, embossing, and bending. This could be a single stage operation where every stroke of the press produces the desired form on the sheet metal part, or could occur through a series of stages. The process is usually carried out on metal but can also be used on other materials, such as rubber, plastics, composites and cork rubber.

Steel Rule Dies – Steel-rule dies, also known as cookie-cutter dies, are used to cut sheet metal and softer webs, such as plastics, wood, cork, felt, fabrics, and paperboard. The cutting surface of the die is the edge of hardened steel strips, known as steel rule. These steel rules are usually located using saw or laser-cut grooves in plywood.

Vulcanize – Using a combination of adhesive, heat and pressure to create a solid bond between two pieces of rubber.

Waterjet Cut – Waterjet cutting is the preferred method when the materials being cut are sensitive to the high temperatures generated by other methods.

Weld Metal – The welded connection between one half of the weld-ring gasket and one flange is defined as welded joint. The welded joint can either be an inside or outside weld, or even be a combination of both. The welding connection of the two gasket halves to each other is defined as seal-weld.