A unique and versatile process

Included among a vast array of industrial fabrication processes is an incredibly unique and versatile method of creating custom shaped parts from a nearly limitless variety of materials – rotary die converting. Objects and products that impact our everyday life are often created by rotary converting. From disposable coffee cups and bandages, to license plate tabs, yogurt lids, or the logo on the steering wheel of your car – all are made from rotary dies and converting systems.

Unlike flatbed die cutting that uses a vertical stamping motion to create shaped parts from a flat piece of stock, rotary die cutting is accomplished using specialized cylindrical dies to produce parts as a web of material passes between the die and a corresponding cylindrical anvil.

Rotary die cutting is chosen based on certain advantages including:

  • Consistency and uniformity of cut
  • Reduced material waste
  • High-volume production capability
  • Fast production turnaround
  • Multiple inline cutting operation capability
  • Lower overall cost per piece for high volume applications

While rotary die cutting holds great advantages over other methods for many applications, there are limitations and disadvantages to consider:

  • Higher up-front tooling cost (vs. flatbed steel rule dies)
  • Part size limitations
  • Achievable pressures (vs. vertical presses)

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