Why? Because we know that many of our customers don’t get the opportunity to meet all of the dedicated individuals who are working so hard to ensure that we deliver supply chain optimization, engineering innovation, and manufacturing excellence day in and day out. We want you to know the names behind the functions… and the faces and stories behind the names.
Several years ago, we instituted the JBC Technologies blog as a way to educate and inform our customers, prospects, and other stakeholders about the intricacies of flexible materials converting and precision die cutting. We’ve written about everything from die cut gaskets to materials for die cut products, to specific applications like thermal management and EMI shielding. Judging by the number of visits to the blog, the initiative has been well worth the effort.
In case you missed them, here are the top six most frequently visited posts of 2018.
1 - Common Reasons Adhesives Fail
Receiving the most blog visits for the second year in a row was a post originally written in October of 2015: 5 COMMON REASONS FOR ADHESIVE FAILURE. If you’ve ever experienced adhesive failure with your die cut parts – in other words, if your gaskets have leaked, fallen off, or just plain didn’t work correctly – you’ll want to read this. Armed with this insight, you’ll be better equipped to troubleshoot issues and avoid future problems.
By definition, die cutting is the process of using a metal die to cut a series of uniform shapes out of a given material. Its genesis goes back to the 1800’s when it was invented as a way to help cobblers make shoes more efficiently... but that’s another story, for another time. In celebration of the season, today’s story centers on cookies. Die cut cookies to be exact.
Topics: Die Cutting
Often one of the last parts considered when designing a product, gaskets fulfill important functions in an array of machines, medical devices, automobile engines and even household appliances. These essential components are employed to resist various media, temperature, pressure levels, and more in order to prevent leakage, protect against dust and other environmental contaminants, inhibit vibration frequencies, or ensure part integrity. Despite their importance, gaskets rarely command the attention they deserve. Understanding the most common properties, materials and capabilities of these essential, though often unseen components, helps manufacturers design the best gasket for an application.
While a majority of today’s leading automakers and their suppliers may have facilities in the U.S., many still buy and source raw materials and parts from all over the world. Gaskets, seals, fasteners, and the raw materials they are die cut from are no exception. Yet when manufacturing stateside, sourcing materials and die cut components from overseas vendors can present challenges—particularly when it comes to meeting tight production timelines, managing costs, and accurately forecasting inventory levels.
Topics: Strategic Sourcing