A Production Boosting Sensation!
Have you ever watched a die cutting press operator shut down the machine in the middle of a long run in order to pull out a tool that is packed with sticky crud?
It's time to stop and clean again. As you stand there and count the minutes until the job restarts, you're probably also thinking about other work scheduled for the press, and how it's going to cause a backlog. Even the machine operators don't like it. They would much prefer that the job were running smoothly, and with a lot less aggravation.
During Preco's 60 years of industry die-cutting experience, we've worked with customers on die sets, steel rule die boards, cutting plates, manual and automatic die cutting machinery and finishing. And company owners and top management people tell us that the on the production floor, constant interruption of work flow is the single biggest frustration—especially from an adhesive that dictates how fast you're allowed to finish a work order. But let’s face it—adhesives are crucial to all areas in industry—and you can’t avoid the use of bonding agents in the work that you process. The successful converting of materials that involve adhesive components is a critical part of the total manufacturing picture.
Die-Slide can be applied using a simple cotton swab.
Now there is a simple and cost-effective way to handle tools that are affected by adhesive buildup. The product is called Die-Slide™ from Preco®.
Die-Slide is a production-boosting sensation. It is a treatment to the cutting edge and blade, in order to encourage smooth movement as it passes through material. Although it also enhances penetration through many "non-sticky" substrates, Die-Slide's best performance is with materials that want to gum-up your cutting tools.
Die-Slide maintains a better cutting edge than tools with coatings that are endorsed for their non-stick capabilities. In order for many of these coatings to work, the bare tool must be bead-blasted or surface-etched in order to make a mechanical tie between the coating and surface. This kind of fix automatically dulls a cutting edge before you even get to use it. Not only that, many of these coatings often chip or fall off while they're being used. With Die-Slide, there is no "run in" required, to remove coating from a blade edge.
Die-Slide can also be applied using an airbrush.
Die-Slide is more than a coating. As a treatment, it is a patented product that generates an automatic chemical linking process to the applied surface. Because of this, the tool stays as sharp after Die-Slide has been applied as before. The cutting edges last longer before having to re-sharpen, re-rule or replace altogether because of the reduction of friction on the blade. Beyond sharpness, and just as important, Die-Slide's slip-ability will equal and in many cases outperform a coating such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), without sacrificing edge quality of the tool.
Die-Slide is a one-step operation that takes place at room temperature. Application is simple with a cotton swab, or a cloth. Even an air brush may be used, in order to optimize its utilization and diminish waste from overuse. Less is better when Die-Slide is applied! In order for Die-Slide to be most useful, the standard application to achieve this effect requires five days to be at peak performance—or, you may use an advanced heat-accelerated one-day curing method. The most important requirement for using Die-Slide is that you start with a clean surface—that's all there is to it!
Additionally, Die-Slide-treated tools are often used far outside normal, ambient conditions. If many adhesives cause issues at room temperature, we know that these adhesives as well as plastics, when heated, soften and begin to flow and stick to cutting tools with devilish ease. Die-Slide operating conditions far exceed all heated converting cut requirements—up to 1200°F (650°C).
Some of Die-Slide’s tool applications include:
- Steel rule dies
- Class "A" male-female die sets
- Machined flat bed dies
- Machined rotary dies
- Rotary and flat bed flexible metal
- "chem-etch" die plates
- All types of slitting blades
- Guillotine-style shear cutters
- Knife plotter blades
- Scissors and hand-held craft knives used for prototyping (Exacto® or other)
- Hot and cold needle perforation tools
- Extrusion dies
- Embossing plates
Some of Die-Slide’s materials applications include:
- Self-wound, double-linered, or double-coated transfer adhesives
- Acrylic foam adhesives, as a sheet, or slitting through rolls
- PSA label facestock
- Paper debris reduction from die-cut or slitter dust
- Softened or heated plastics
- Cartesian (x-y) knife cutting systems,
- vinyl decals, etc.
- Decreased tool abrasion resistance
- through many materials
- Adhesive-backed foam
- Non-vulcanized rubber
All tools wear from use over a period of time, and so Die-Slide's advanced technology will wear with use as well. In this case, an entire reapplication is not necessary for continued operation. Die-Slide™ Renovate may be used when the tool begins to show signs of residue accumulation. With a cleaned-up tool, it requires only an application at the end of the day, so that a tool may be ready for use following an overnight linking period. Die-Slide Renovate chemically bonds very well to original Die-Slide, and extends tool life for an additional equivalent amount of use.
Are you in a jam and don't have the time for a full cure from original Die-Slide? Then Die-Slide Renovate may be used as a quick replacement. It does not have the high wearability characteristics as when applied over original Die-Slide, but it may be used successfully knowing that constant repeating of the same action—such as normal tool wear—will shorten its adhesive-repelling life.
Die-Slide Renovate is also food-contact safe. When fully cured, the process-linked treated tool may be used in food grade die cutting applications. It is certified to pass the solvent extraction tests listed in the US CFR 21 175.300. All its components conform to materials listed by the US Food and Drug Administration, and also contain no heavy metals.
And just as with original Die-Slide, fully-cured Die-Slide Renovate also has the same thermal stability—up to 1200°F (650°C), which provides a lot of non-stick possibilities!
Die-Slide products are economical! Up to 930 linear inches (~23,5 metres) of steel rule can be treated from one ounce (30 mL) of liquid. This assumes that you're treating only the amount of blade that is exposed from the die board—about three-tenths of an inch (~0,8 cm). One ounce of Die-Slide will cover an area of up to 600 square inches (3870 cm2). For other edge and surface applications, we suggest that you estimate the coverage you believe will be required as a guide for future use.
Order Today! Good tool and press maintenance will always be important for a successful work result. And Die-Slide products will improve production with your best practices and improve your bottom line. In fact, a growing number of die makers—steel rule, flex, rotary and matched metal—are recommending Die-Slide as a value-added and cost-saving way to offer their tools to customers! If you've ever been in a sticky situation and have been concerned about lost press time, compare the cost of Die-Slide to the savings possible in your production facility by ordering today!