The number one reason that most diecutters are finding themselves in need of a rerule of their die is the lack of press maintenance. The single most common problem we have found in our many travels to diecutting facilities around the country has been that there is either very little to no press maintenance being done. Without this crucial step, all aspects of one’s diecutting will surely suffer. Although we as diemakers would love nothing more than to assist in improving our customers’ cutting quality, if the issue comes down to press maintenance there is not much we can do to fix the situation. Please remember to routinely maintain your press and ensure that all slugs and scrap are cleaned from the die often, otherwise you will face problems with your diecutting that cannot be resolved without either a rerule of your die or a new die. These are simple steps to save yourself from having to spend unnecessary money!
So today’s topic is on cutting Kevlar. We want to help with suggestions that will reduce costs and hopefully bring a new but simple insight before you begin working with Kevlar. It is recommended to use a clicker die of at least 1 1/4″ high when cutting Kevlar. If at all possible use a higher die as it will wear better and give more sharpening over the life of the die. Use a die maker that has experience in making dies for Kevlar. Don’t hesitate to ask your die maker for their experience and recommendations. Keep in mind that not all Kevlar is ballistic, which means not all dies will work the same. Heat resistant Kevlar for gloves will need a different bevel die than Kevlar for bullet proof vests.
Kevlar tends to wear down dies so factor in the need for multiple dies if you are intending on long cutting runs.
If you have any questions or suggestions for others on cutting Kevlar leave a comment!
Apple Steel Rule Die is becoming more customer service oriented. We are hoping to have conversations with our customers and allow them to improve on one another’s processes. Our company greatly appreciates your business and wants to have the chance to show you that by doing something that is free and informative. Apple Die has been in the die cutting business for many years and has been able to accumulate knowledge in many different areas of die making and the use of dies. This blog will go over some question and answer aspects of using a die along with providing basic die use information. Thanks again for your business and please feel free to join in the conversation or start your own.