Remove Web Scraps in the Die Cutting Process to Save Time & Money

For most manufacturers, a certain amount of web scrap is tolerable and may even be considered a cost of doing business. However, if your manufacturing process is being slowed down or you're funneling additional resources to scrap removal, you may unknowingly tossing money away with the trash.  

Unlike other custom manufacturers, Frank Lowe offers precise die cuts from nonmetallic materials with the web scraps removed. We use state-of-the-art equipment and processes that allow us to provide clean die cuts with the web scrap removed.

While web scrap removal is a simple procedure on our end, it often results in serious savings for our customers. Continue reading to learn why Frank Lowe's scrap removal makes us simply a cut above the rest.

Why is Web Scrap Removal Important?

No matter what type of die cut materials you're using, there will be sections remaining after the cut has been made. These die cut punch out holes or web scraps are oddly shaped pieces that usually do not have any practical applications in your manufacturing process. However, if left in place, web scraps can:

  • Slow the speed of production,
  • Increase your cost of labor, and
  • Have negative ramifications on the final product

In many instances, the tiny pieces of web scrap can get stuck to the bottom of the gasket when there is an adhesive on the other side. And if there is static electricity, the die cut punch scraps can end up in the most undesirable places — resulting in products to be rejected.

Are Your Workers Removing Web Scraps by Hand?

If your workers are still removing the slugs and scraps by hand, you're undoubtedly incurring unnecessary additional labor costs. Hand removal of slugs or web scraps is extremely time consuming. It often results in manufacturers using their highly-paid, skilled workers to remove scraps from components, which is a significant misuse of resources.

Even if you're not removing scraps by hand in preparation of your manufacturing process, having to stop the machine to remove slugs or removing scraps from the final product can also cause your production costs to increase. Whether it's before the components are fed into a machine or after, the hand removal of web scraps can increase your labor costs while driving down your production speed.  

Increase Speed & Decrease Cost

Depending on your unique needs, Frank Lowe can provide die cuts in a variety of forms. However, when you choose kiss cuts on a roll with the web scraps removed, it can greatly increase the speed of your final assembly.

With this option, parts can be automatically dispensed and placed on the finished part during an automated or mechanical assembly process. By expediting the speed of your final assembly and potentially reducing the required amount of manpower hours, you can reduce the overall cost of the final unit.

Frank Lowe Offers Scrap Removal

At Frank Lowe, we pride ourselves in being a cut above the rest. We go the extra mile for our customers and provide innovative solutions to help reduce your cost of production. While other custom manufacturers may not offer web scrap removal, we do. Whether it's an odd-shaped piece of scrap or a punch-out hole, Frank Lowe can remove the scraps to allow a clean and expedited production process.

We Have the Right Equipment for the Job

At Frank Lowe, we create die cut gaskets and components from a variety of different materials, including foam, rubber, cork, and sponge. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment and industry-leading practices to incorporate slug removal on a job-by-job basis.

We utilize a variety of different tools to effectively remove web scrap. Although removing the web scrap from each die cut may require different tools or processes, Frank Lowe has the right equipment for the job:

  • Neoprene/ Rubber/ Foam Inserts
  • Spring Plunger
  • Standard Air Eject
  • Pulse Air
  • Vacuum Transfer with Pulse Air
  • Vacuum Thru Inserts
  • Stripping Pins

Do All Manufacturers Provide Complimentary Scrap Removal?

At Frank Lowe, we offer web scrap removal because we're simply a cut above the rest. Although every manufacturing industry can benefit from web scrap removal, our fenestration customers find tremendous value in our ability to provide the cleanest die cuts without scraps. Instead of losing time and money while driving up the cost of production, choose Frank Lowe for web scrap removal.

Contact Frank Lowe to Explore, Pursue, and Create

For more than 65 years, we've been helping our clients find innovative solutions to problems. If you've never considered the impact of the web scraps left on your components, you may not realize the amount of time money you could be saving.

Contact Frank Lowe today to learn more about web scrap removal or any of our range of custom manufacturing services.

About the Author Randy Cohen

Since 2002, Randy Cohen has served as the Senior Vice President of Frank Lowe — leading Sales and Marketing as well as a variety of Administrative operations. Randy has 25 years of experience with a background in sales & marketing, production and business management, serving both government agencies and private industry. He holds a B.A from Syracuse University and a Masters and Professional Diploma from Fordham University. Randy uses his unique set of experiences to help businesses and entities across all sectors explore, pursue, and create better solutions.

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