Die cut products and die cutting materials were hot topics with readers of the JBC Technologies Blog in 2017. The old year is behind us, but it’s not too late to learn from its most popular die cutting content. Here are the top five topics about die cut products and die cutting materials in order of views. What would you like to learn about in 2018?
Die cut weather seals protect interior components from water, light, dust, dirt, and other contaminants. They are used with automotive head lights and tail lights, furnace doors, HVAC access panels, cover plates, and lenses for LED lighting. To support cost-effective manufacturing, these die cut products are fabricated from sheet or roll materials and can attach to the substrate with metal fasteners or adhesives.
Die cut foam gaskets conform to irregular surfaces to form a seal. They can also provide shock absorption, cushioning and insulation, and noise and vibration damping. In mechanical assemblies, die cut foam gaskets fill the small spaces between mating surfaces such as flanges. To prevent leakage, these die cut seals flow into the gaps and support compression, such as when the flanges are bolted together.
Die cut gaskets are used to seal out air, liquid, dust, light, and sound. They’re made of foams, solid rubbers, or compressible materials such as cork rubber. In mechanical assemblies, gaskets provide sealing between mated flanges. To create the seal, the gasket is compressed so that it flows into imperfections on the seating surfaces. Small imperfections in the flange face are typical, and can be caused by manufacturing, assembly, or corrosion.
To prevent leakage, a gasket must withstand the amount of pressure that’s applied. If over-compression occurs, the gasket won’t maintain continuous contact with both flange surfaces. Gaskets must also resist environmental conditions such as service temperatures and exposure to chemicals. Die cutting is a great choice for gasket fabrication, but choosing the right material is also important. Sourcing managers need a die cutter with a strong supplier network for foam, solid rubber, and cork rubber.
AHR Expo 2017 last three days, hosts 2000 exhibitors, and attracts crowds of 60,000 attendees. Even if the International Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) wasn’t in Las Vegas, competition for your attention would be fierce. There’s plenty to see and do both at the tradeshow and in the Entertainment Capital of the World, so why visit a die cutter from Ohio when you’re in Nevada?