JBC Technologies Blog

Die Cut Solutions for the Automotive Transplant Market

Posted by Mark Swanson on Jul 19, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The automotive transplant market uses die cut products for gasketing and sealing, noise and vibration management, elastomer springs, and spacers. Foreign automakers such as Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, and BMW source these die cut parts from U.S. companies for vehicles that are assembled in the United States. Cost is important, but the automotive supply chain is also seeking value-added solutions.    

JBC Technologies is an automotive die cutter with manufacturing facilities in North Ridgeville, Ohio and Madison, Wisconsin (USA). To serve the automotive transplant market, JBC sources foams and elastomers from Rogers Corporation, a leading supplier of engineered materials. JBC converts these materials efficiently, die cuts them with precision, and supplies solutions that support automotive assembly. 

In this article, the first in a series, JBC provides an overview of die cut foams and elastomers for the automotive transplant market. Future articles will examine materials and applications in greater detail.

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Topics: Die Cutting, Automotive

Graphite Gaskets for Thermal Management

Posted by Mark Swanson on Jun 20, 2018 8:05:08 AM

Graphite gaskets are die cut from thermal interface materials (TIMs) with strong thermal conductivity. Graphite also resists thermal shock, damage that occurs with rapid changes in temperature. Across planar surfaces like printed circuit boards (PCBs), graphite dissipates heat evenly and rapidly. Graphite’s mechanical properties increase with temperature, but die cut graphite gaskets resist cold, too. 

Graphite is flexible and can be produced without fillers or binders that impart rigidity. Flexible graphite gaskets are die cut from expanded sheets or foil-core materials in a range of thicknesses. Thin, lightweight TIMs made of graphite sheets are ideal for heat spreading applications where space is limited. Graphite gaskets also support the use of pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) for ease-of-installation. 

By understanding how graphite sheets are supplied, die cut, and used, engineers can determine whether this TIM is the right choice for thermal management. Let’s take a closer look. 

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Topics: Thermal Management, Gaskets, Die Cutting

How Pull Tabs Reduce Installation Costs

Posted by Mark Swanson on Jun 6, 2018 7:55:24 PM

Pull tabs speed the installation of die cut parts. They’re cut from liner materials and provide an edge that’s easy to grab or grasp. Because pull tabs extend from the liner’s surface, they’re also known as extended liners. Pull tabs are produced with rotary die cutting, used with pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs), and are sometimes called peel tabs, tear tabs, or tear-off tabs.

Pull tabs reduce installation costs, but the benefits don’t end there. Extended liners protect die cut parts and make smaller parts easier-to-handle. Peel tabs or tear tabs also support the use gloves, a must for workers in many production environments. The time savings that pull tabs provide may seem small at first, but a closer look can reveal a sizable cost savings.  

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Topics: Die Cutting, Part Presentation

Large Parts Die Cutting

Posted by Mark Swanson on May 23, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Large parts die cutting produces bigger, stronger parts that look better, last longer, and take less time to assemble. Examples of these die cut products include car door vapor barriers, hood liners, head liners, heat shielding, point-of-purchase (POP) displays, and large format graphics. By partnering with a large-parts die cutter, you can super-size your designs while improving quality and reducing costs. 

JBC Technologies provides large parts die cutting for automotive products and many other applications. We also offer converting support solutions such as laminating, wide web embossing, and micro-perforating. If you’re wondering whether large parts die cutting is right for your application, it’s time to find out whether “go big or go home” applies to your next project.

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Topics: Die Cutting

Platinum-Cured Silicone Gaskets for Medical Devices

Posted by Mark Swanson on May 3, 2018 2:15:31 PM

Platinum-cured silicone gaskets are used in medical devices that require ultra-pure materials. These ultra-clean silicones contain very low levels of extractables, chemical compounds that can migrate under conditions such as surface contact or elevated temperatures. Applications include medical wearables and wired or wireless medical devices where a gasket may touch human skin or require repeated sterilization.       

For medical device designers, platinum-cured silicones offer several important advantages. First, these medical grade materials come in a range of durometers and a choice of colors to support application-specific designs. Platinum-cured silicones can also meet stringent regulatory requirements and industry standards. Finally, these elastomers support precision die cutting for efficient gasket fabrication.

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Topics: Strategic Sourcing, Die Cutting, Silicones, Medical