JBC Technologies Blog

The 6 Most Visited Posts of 2018—From Common Reasons Adhesives Fail to Acrylic Foam Tape Suppliers

Posted by Kate Gluck on Jan 3, 2019 8:32:00 AM

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 Top die cutting blogs of 2018everything 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.

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Topics: Die Cutting, Adhesives

Celebrating the Season with “Die Cut” Cookie Recipes

Posted by Kate Gluck on Dec 20, 2018 10:27:53 AM

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.

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Topics: Die Cutting

Die Cut Gaskets 101

Posted by Kate Gluck on Dec 17, 2018 8:58:01 AM

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.

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Topics: Gaskets, Die Cutting

Types of Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives (PSAs)

Posted by Kate Gluck on Sep 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) contain adhesive components that impart different properties in support of joining or fastening. By evaluating an adhesive’s advantages, disadvantages, and typical uses, you can make the right choice for your application. As previous articles in this series have explained, you also need to perform some preliminary steps and learn about peel adhesion, tack, and shear.

There are four main categories of pressure-sensitive adhesives:

  • Natural rubber
  • Synthetic rubber
  • Acrylic
  • Silicone

There are also different adhesives within each category. For example, there isn’t just one type of synthetic rubber adhesive. 

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Topics: Adhesives, Die Cutting

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: Automotive, Die Cutting