A Die Cutting Factory: What to Seek
When it comes to die cutting, you’ll want to make sure that you’re using the perfect machines—or perhaps work with the perfect third-party die cutting factory. Let’s look at what your options may be, and how you should go about making your selections.
What are the different types of die cutting machines?
Before you begin looking for a die cutting factory, you may first want to explore the different types of die cutting machines. Not all die cutting machines, of course, are industrial die cutters. Industrial die cutters produce on a larger scale, with less of a margin for error and more consistency. With that being said, some of the types of the die cutters available include:
- Manual die cutting machines. Needless to say, you’ll see a big difference between manual die cutters and industrial die cutters. Typically, these die cutters come in hand-cranked forms, without any need for power. They’re less expensive, so small-time artisans and business owners often begin with manual die cutters. While they’re less expensive in the beginning, they do require you to buy physical dies, which means that in the long term you’ll spend more money. Plus, they limit your creativity on some level.
- Electronic die cutting machines. Again, these machines work on a typically smaller level, but they’ll operate more efficiently than manual die cutting machines. Though they aren’t the types of machines a die cutting factory would typically use, they’re a step up when you first begin. They usually require a tablet, computer, or smartphone to use; and though they’re more expensive, they allow for greater creativity.
- Rotary die cutting machines. These machines produce at a high volume, with great efficiency and consistency. Rotary die cutters work in constant motion, which means that there isn’t any need for “down time”. They also offer a high level of precision.
- Flatbed die cutting machines. These machines cut through both thick and thin materials, while also offering greater affordability. Furthermore, they’re less wasteful, producing fewer scraps.
- Digital die cutting machines. These machines offer even more precision, integrate with software, and take up less space.
Who offers the best industrial die cutter?
As we covered above, we have a wide variety of different industrial die cutting machines to choose from. So, which die cutting factory offers the best industrial die cutter?
The type of machine you need depends on your required project. You might need a flatbed die cutter if you’re working with thicker materials, while a rotary die cutter might be optimal if you’re seeking as little downtime as possible. A die cutting factory offers you multiple options, while some also specialize in specific processes with specific machines.
Keep in mind—before you commit to a specific die cutting factory, you’ll want to explore reviews, while also considering the attributes of each factory. Another thing to consider: word of mouth. If you have colleagues in your industry, or for that matter a mentor, you may want to ask them for their opinions regarding a specific manufacturer. That way, you’ll know exactly where they’re coming from.
Do I need to buy a die cutting machine?
Here’s what you should consider before buying a die cutting machine. For one thing, will the type of machine available to you effectively produce the amount of product you need, with the consistency you require? For another, do you need your own die cutting machine in the long term? Or will a separate die cutting factory work just as well, if not in fact better?
There are third party manufacturers available, which offer the die cutting services you’re looking for. In this case, you would outsource the die cutting process to another producer, receiving your product and using it as you wish. This would allow you to avoid investing in a die cutting machine. We’ve seen this option become increasingly popular over the years. But is it right for you?
Why should I work with a third party die cutting factory?
- Quality control. If you aren’t yet familiar with the die cutting process—or if your employees are less familiar with it—you can’t be certain about the final product when you buy your own die cutting machine. An experienced third party manufacturer offers consistent quality control.
- A third party manufacturer jumps right into manufacturing, and has a smooth process in order. Ultimately, this means that they’ll run through production faster, and you’ll receive your order sooner.
- When you permanently invest in a die cutting machine, you’re taking on a larger expense. Additionally, you must either hire permanent employees familiar with the die cutting process. Or, you must train existing employees in the process. Either way, you’ll need people staffed directly at your company.
Ultimately, in many cases it’s a better option to handle your manufacturing processes through a third party. The issue to concern yourself with is finding s reliable third party—and we do exist!
When selecting a third party manufacturer for your die cutting needs, remember to not only educate yourself about them, but consult with them perfectly. Treat it like an interview. At CTI, we’ll help you work through your questions, ensure that our abilities match you needs, and even produce prototypes and a pilot run.
You don’t want to leave anything up to chance. Call CTI at 419-924-5566 or contact us here to see if we could help you with your die cutting needs!