Successful manufacturers keep searching for ways to increase efficiency on their production lines. In this blog entry, the third in a series called “Three Questions We Challenge You to Ask Your Current Die Cutter,” JBC Technologies examines how value-added die cutting saves you time and money. From pull tabs and kiss cuts to easy-to-remove liners and assembly automation, JBC has the solutions you need to increase production efficiency while reducing labor costs and material waste.
Automobiles have become more than just motorized vehicles. They’re now entertainment centers and navigation systems that promote safety and comfort. Cameras, adaptive cruise control, and collision warning with automatic braking help drivers to avoid accidents. Global positioning systems (GPS) mean never having to stop and ask for directions again. For automotive electronics that require dependable communications, die cut EMI gaskets from JBC Technologies are the right choice.
Engineers work closely with sourcing managers at the start of the product development process. Sourcing managers build a strategic supplier network, and engineers engage individual vendors during the course of a project or program. Many companies offer die cutting services, but not every die cutter provides the same type of technical assistance. By choosing a custom die cutter with technical expertise, engineers can get answers to a range of design and manufacturing questions.
Die cutters that are vertically-integrated have greater control over their material and production costs. In turn, these companies can pass along the savings to their customers. Not all die cutters are vertically-integrated, however, and the degree or type of vertical integration may vary. Many manufacturers say that they offer complete die cutting services, but only some of these businesses also have ancillary conversion capabilities. Even fewer die cutters offer value-added solutions such as rapid prototyping, custom packaging, and assembly automation.
Electronic component manufacturers need product designers with application knowledge and technical expertise. These engineers are experts in electronic design, but may be less familiar with production processes such as steel rule, flat bed, and rotary die cutting. By partnering with an experienced die cutter, electronic component manufacturers can support their engineering teams. That’s why JBC Technologies offers expert advice about material selection and yield maximization and supports efficient assembly.