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How converting technology can decrease costs and accelerate delivery

by JC Kocjancic, on Nov 9, 2022 11:30:56 AM

Die cutting has served as the backbone of manufacturing replication for 150 years, and it continues to be central to many manufacturing applications. In the early 2000’s, roll-to-roll die cutting came onto the scene, creating a process that relies on an understanding of materials and converting techniques.

Today’s converting provides unmatched precision and versatility in the modification of materials for end-user applications. 

The Cubbison Company employs the Delta ModTech Crusader Converter, a state-of-the-art die cutting platform that accommodates multiple die cutting methods: rotary and sheeting, semi-rotary, and laser. Some of the most common converting techniques include adhering, assembling, cutting, folding, laminating, perforating, rotary punching, scoring, and slitting,  

One feature of Delta ModTech Converter is that every spindle has an independent servo motor. This design means that every station—cutting, nipping, sealing, printing, and winding—is independently controlled.  

For our clients, our ability to independently control every station results in:  

  • expanded substrate options 
  • faster delivery times  
  • reduced costs 
  • reduced tooling 
  • unparalleled precision 

Expanded Substrate Options 

Converting can accommodate an expansive range of substrates, including adhesives, conductive films, and plastic films. Opportunities also exist for innovative converting and coating equipment solutions that are suitable for printed electronics, batteries, security, and RFID products.  

Faster Delivery Times 

Our modular converting system speeds up the change of tasks. Also, the Crusader’s programmable cam and self-adjusting corrective mode eliminate duplicate runs that would otherwise be necessary to correct errors in precision. 

Together, these features contribute to faster production and accelerated delivery times. 

Reduced Costs 

The programmable, modular technology of the Delta ModTech Converter self-adjusts to maintain absolute precision. In addition to preventing the need for duplicate runs, this level of precision reduces scrap. 

Perhaps most importantly, we can accommodate short runs as easily and as cost-effectively as high-volume jobs. For our clients, the ability to count on fast and affordable short runs is another way to save money and dislodge supply chain backups. 

Reduced Tooling 

Changeovers have always translated into slower production times and increased costs, so any opportunity to streamline changeover and reduce tooling is an obvious improvement in manufacturing efficiency.  

The Crusader Converter uses a system of independent servo motors and programmable cam software. This combo automatically speeds up and slows down the speed of rotation. As a result, the time and expense of changeover and tooling can at times be reduced.   

Unparalleled Precision 

Complex and tight tolerance die cuts require exceptional registration, and the Crusader Converter delivers. Its closed-loop registration software delivers precise, automated cutting and the tightest possible tolerances. This capability can satisfy rigid industry regulations, such as those related to the medical device industry. 

The precision of registration on each die cut results from the presence of a separate servo motor at each station. This is a crucial factor in precise tension control and guaranteed precision, even when eye marks are inconsistent. 

Customization  

In the process of converting, die stations can be set to different tensions and speed ratios. This, along with the vast selection of substrate types and sizes, opens the door for unlimited customization in design, durability, look, and size. 

Converting Applications 

The Cubbison Company provides converting services across a broad range of industries: aerospace, electronics, industrial power, manufacturing, medical device, oil and gas, and transportation. 

Because customization is readily available, so are product applications. Some of the most common product applications include: 

  • components for electronic devices  
  • ESD/EMI/RFI shielding 
  • insulators  
  • pouches 
  • test strips 
  • seals and gaskets 
  • spacers 
  • wearables 

 To learn more about converting applications, email salesengineer@cubbison.com or call (800) 733-4133. 

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