How to Maintain a Functional and Profitable Rotary Die?

A rotary die cutter is a serious investment that is an essential part of the production process. Its malfunction can mean loss not only of your investment, but also of your possible profit. While a piece of equipment is susceptible to wearing and tearing, there are a few things that you can do as an owner or operator to decelerate the lifespan of the equipment. Here are four ways you can maintain a functional and profitable rotary die:

  • Put Safety on Top of Everything

Operating and maintaining a rotary die has inherent risks heightened with improper personal safety practices. A rotary die can be challenging to handle and a small oversight can lead to serious consequences. Operators should understand that any accident equates to additional liability to the company or business, which may result in financial losses. Thus, you should follow safety procedures at all times no matter how small or trivial it may seem. You should first be trained regardless of previous experiences because each die supplier may incorporate slight differences in function and anatomy.

  • Ensure There’s Enough Lubrication

Among the mechanical factors that can affect the function and therefore the profitability of the rotary die is the friction and heat that occurs in the process. Steel and heat is not always a good combination in rotary die cutting. It may result in equipment damage, inefficient product and bad produce. Hence, leaving the company yet another unprofitable products. What rotary die operators can do is to ensure that there is enough lubrication to regulate friction and heat. This means that part of the daily monitoring and maintenance is to check and determine if lubrication is needed from time to time for safe and efficient operations.

  • Be Aware of the Condition of the Anvil

Like all other parts of the equipment, the anvil also wears and tears from usage, especially that pressure is constantly applied to it. However, most operators focus on the die itself and often forgets that the anvil is also an important component of the equation. A positive feature of an anvil is that it is replaceable when it does not work as sharp it used to. To protect your possible profits, you should also consider the condition of the anvil as you operate day by day. You need to have a spare anvil in place at all times to prevent stoppage of production.

  • Handle Equipment With Proper Care

Alongside personal safety, you should also exercise proper care with the equipment and all its accessories and components. What sets apart a profitable operator from an unprofitable one is the ability to extend the life of the equipment while still producing quality results. There are suppliers and installers that provide durable equipment, but that is subject to the usage and abuses of the users.

For professional care and servicing, International Cutting Die provides expert maintenance services you to extend the life of your dies, ensure proper functionality and meet OEM specifications.

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Everything You Need To Know About Die Cutting

Die Cutting remains in the shadows of its finished products. The engineering and design that goes into it and the skills of building and maintaining stations are shrouded with the convenience it brings through its produced objects— as it should be. Many of the products that we enjoy on a daily basis have gone through die cutting. But, what is this ‘die cutting’ is? What significance does it bring?

What is die cutting?

Die cutting is fundamentally the process of cutting any material through the use of industry-grade machine or a simple personal cutting equipment (for personal use). It is necessary to produce precise and clean-cut items in mass quantity. To make it easier and more relatable, think “cookie cutter.” Yes! It is like cutting your cookie doughs into those adorable shapes using a sharp cutter, known as a die or a specialized metal sheet with blades to cut through paper, cardboard, fabric, rubber, and more complex materials into the desired shape or form.

Where did it come from?

When you trace the history of die cutting, you’ll find yourself in the Industrial Revolution with a mallet. Shoemakers, apparel creators, and label producers use the mallet to create patterns from leather, which will then be used to create shoes. As technology advances, die cutting has evolved from the manual tools like the mallet to small machine known as the clickers. These are small portable tools that cuts through more than just leather. At present, we now have electronic die cutting equipment connected to computers for digitized control and operations.

What are the different cutting machines?

The two basic machine types are the rotary cutter and flatbed cutter. The rotary cutter deviates from the flat clicker machines, where it has cylindrical or rounded dies and against it is a rounded anvil that is pressed into the material to cut the desired form. The flatbed die cutter is more of a flat-type cutting device instead of the cylindrical press. The die presses the material (i.e. fabric, rubber, paper) mechanically or through a hydraulic press into the press head to create the pattern or form.


What is in the process?

Depending on the type of die machine used and the supplier, processes can vary. It does not, however, veer away from its very function. A rolling die presses materials through a running cylindrical mechanisms that enables you high-volume production. If you use a flatbed die, materials are pressed flatly against two opposing plates that’s as easy as stamping for increased work efficiency.

Where are its applications?

Die cutting is a versatile discipline that cuts across various industries. It finds application in packaging, labeling, plastic materials, clothing, electronics, paper supplies, and medical projects. The important consideration in utilizing cutting dies in businesses is having stations or tapping die cutting suppliers that provide customized design exclusive to your product and service design.

Need Help In Your Die Cutting Needs?

International Cutting Die (ICD) offers a wide variety of capabilities to meet your most challenging die cutting needs. From concept through installation, ICD can partner with you to meet all of your tooling specifications. No matter what your industry, our tooling offers high-performance and maximum efficiency.

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Why ICD is a Leader of Die Supply Industry?

Teaming with the right organization makes businesses unstoppable and ready to take on the company to the next level of success. While results are optimum, getting there can be challenging. Choosing the best firm to partner with can be baffling, especially in the die supply industry where design meets functionality requires a supplier that provides integrated services with product quality and customer satisfaction is a priority. We can list down all the things that make us a great ally for you, but it is far more important that we show you what we can do for you.

A Wide Array of Design Capacities

International Cutting Die (ICD) leads the die supply industry by promoting a full stack of design capabilities that bring your businesses competitive advantages. Our team, armed with state-of-the-art tools serves businesses under any commerce from installation to change and maintenance. You’ll get access to the most modern rotary cutting dies with unlimited configurations and create complex and intricate die patterns and reliefs to suit your needs and specifications.

Leading-edge Machinery and Equipment

Expediting work here at ICD are our reliable machinery and equipment. We don’t only have these tools to create designs, we also collaborate with you in installing and managing your die cutting stations for your operating needs. We customize your die cutting stations, according to product details. The ICD team can likewise rebuild your existing stations, reconditioning equipment regardless of supplier. It’ll help you meet industry standards, improve efficiency and productivity and extend cutting lifetime.

Professional Staff and Experts

Although we have been in operation only in 2002, our team has an aggregate experience of almost 100 years covering traditional to modern approaches that you could exploit. That is, our experiences honed our skills to put your design and engineering visions into a working reality. Our experts conduct product evaluation to ensure that our product effectively translates to answering your demands and preferences.

Expansive Industry Coverage

We have the capabilities and technology to service different commerce and trades. ICD has served non-wovens, paper converting firms and the medical industry, helping them augment their operations. We don’t categorize projects as big or small, we make sure that we provide excellent service to all. Our team handles products with large sizes, different kinds of materials used and differing machine speeds. With each assignment, we take it as an opportunity for learning and expanding our portfolio, while fulfilling your needs.


Treading through the die cutting supply market can get overwhelming and puzzling for some. Our friendly staff will be delighted to help you out and walk you through the whole process. Contact us at 7083433333 or email your queries to