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  1. CGR Products News Release

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    CGR Products News Release: Growth Leads to a 30,000 sq ft Expansion and New High Volume Manufacturing Machinery


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  2. Rotary Die Cutting vs. Flatbed Die Cutting: Which Should You Use?

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    Die cutting is frequently used to fabricate unique shapes from rubber, plastic and foam materials.
    rubber die cut

    Before starting a die cutting project it is important to discuss all specific project requirements — including whether rotary die or flatbed die cutting is the best fit for the job. Each cutting method has its own distinct benefits based on production size, costs, and material.

    What is Rotary Die Cutting?

    Main Benefits: Holds tight tolerances and ideal for kiss cutting

    Best Used for: High-volume orders

    How It Works: Rotary die cutting, a highly accurate cutting method, is very cost effective on high-volume orders and produces less waste compared to other methods. As shown in the video, the machine is fed a roll of material which is then passed through the rolling die. This cuts the desired shape from the material and the waste is disposed of into a catcher.

    What is Flatbed Die Cutting?

    Main Benefits: Provides a more cost-effective option with lower tool and die costs

    Best Used for:  General cutting and low-volume orders

    How It Works: With flatbed die cutting, material shapes are stamped out using steel rule dies and hydraulic presses. This method allows for easy hole removal and web removal from parts, along with quick changeover times to increase efficiency.

    Die Cutting with CGR Products

    CGR’s team of engineers makes sure to match your project’s needs with the right die cutting machine for the job. The products we die cut from a variety of flexible non-metallic materials can be supplied in continuous rolls, sheet form, or individual parts for your unique application.

    Ready to get started? Visit our Supplier Material Library to find your material and contact us about your next project.


  3. Cutting vs. Converting – What’s the Difference?

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    Don’t Get Tangled Up in Terminology

    Waterjet CuttingThe CGR team gets a lot of requests for cutting, converting, and fabricating. Fortunately for our customers, we do it all. As far as we’re concerned, these terms refer to the same process — the process of transforming a raw material into a precision component for your part.

    If you participated in Manufacturing Day this month, you may have gotten a chance to dig into some of the processes and services from manufacturers across the country. We’re happy to break down some of our cutting capabilities right here, right now.

    We specialize in flexible, non-metallic materials at CGR Products — that means custom parts, shapes, sizes and forms for markets of all kinds, cut from an immense range of elastomer, rubber and related thermoplastic materials. Each and every material — and family of materials — comes with specific capabilities to accommodate all types of industries.

    Cutting, Converting or Fabricating?

    As we said above, we do it all. Some of the specific methods we use to cut and convert materials at CGR include:

    Die Cutting: Both rotary die cutting and flatbed die cutting are optimal for high volumes and precise tolerances.

    Kiss Cutting: This special type of cutting (or converting) transforms sheets of material into sheets of parts that can be removed individually from a backing or liner.

    Knife Cutting: This is one of the fastest methods for producing a part. It’s great for prototypes.

    Slitting and Splitting: A shearing process, slitting or splitting takes a large roll and trims it into narrower or thinner rolls or sheets.

    Waterjet Cutting: The accuracy and precision of a water jet cutter is ideal for soft materials.

    Don’t forget that we also offer custom manufacturing and fabrication for projects that demand molding, extrusion. laminating and beaded gaskets.

    Check out all of our available services, or call the team to discuss your particular project today. We look forward to cutting, or converting, or fabricating with you!