May 2012

Save Time, Money, and Headaches on Your Next Die Cutting Project...

E & M Bindery - Die Cutting

By remembering these simple, practical tips from E & M Bindery & Finishing.

Submitting a Die File? Be Sure to Include Die Lines on All Units
When submitting e-files or vinyls for die cutting, be sure to draw all die lines for all units on that form - even if the unit just trims. This will help your finisher ensure accurate width on all units. Even if a unit that does not require die cutting is printed on a form that is diecut, we will diecut it for consistency.

Most dies are made with face and back knives (scores, if it's a pocket folder), not head and foot knives. Most of the time a press sheet is not available to help your finisher make a die, so E-files and vinyls are usually sent ahead of time. These often come with just the tab knife (or score) line drawn. This makes it very difficult - even with crop marks - for the diemaker to determine which mark he will use for all units. Without offset knives in place to balance the die, the sheet may have slight variation as it travels through the press. This will slow down the die cutting and trimming processes.

Three Important Things to Remember:

  1. Please remember we can only diecut from one side of the sheet. 

  2. If you print using a work-and-turn or work-and-tumble layout, the die cutting process may result in chipping, flaking, or reverse scoring – all of which will compromise your finished product’s appearance.

  3. If your job involves solid overall color, let your estimator know in advance so that she can come up with a solution to ensure a beautiful job.

The E & M Advantage
With high-speed Bobst presses and a library of in-house dies, E & M Bindery & Finishing is your full-service die cutting solution. We can cut sheets up to 28" x 40" at high production speeds. Call E & M today to discuss your next die cutting project.

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