DIE CUTTING: A "die", also known as a "tool", is a steel rule embedded into a timber board and shaped to suit the application. The tool is then used to punch out the required shape. This process can be designed to punch through both base material and liner, or cut only the base material and leave the liner intact.
Converted products in intricate shapes would require the use of a die. NB. This will incur a once off tool cost. Standard shapes like squares, circles and rectangles usually have tools already available for use at no extra charge.
Laminating: The process of combining or joining multiple layers of materials.
Many end-users purchase transfer adhesives for the purpose of laminating. A range of laminating equipment can be used to combine various substrates into a well adhered, consistent and even format. Without purpose-built equipment or expertise, laminated products may bubble, wrinkle or even de-laminate/split apart.
Adept Preferred Converters are industry experts in laminating a wide variety of substrates; ensuring consistent, quality laminated product every time. Converters can also assist by laminating product prior to die cutting. This eliminates the need for two processes and provides cost savings to the customer.
Slitting: To cut lengthwise, either in roll form or in flat strips.
Rolls can be cut to required widths and also wound down to specific lengths during the slitting process. Other slitting services include rewind and back slit cutting for those difficult substrates such as rigid PVC and polyester.