What We Offer: Silicone Stamping Dies

Market-Leading Range

 

What does United Silicone offer in terms of Silicone Stamping Dies?

Unmatched Capacity
United Silicone has the largest stamping die capacity of any supplier in North America.

Unmatched Efficiency
United Silicone dies provide market-leading efficiency. For example, our magnetic quick change dies allow for dramatically faster changeovers and improved mounting accuracy.

Unmatched Art Expertise
United Silicone has cutting-edge art reproduction capabilities to ensure customers have the tools needed to achieve highly repeatable, superior decoration that will allow them to stand out in a crowded market.

What formats of silicone dies does United Silicone provide?

We manufacture a wide variety of silicone dies – each with its own unique set of benefits and considerations.

Shapes
Type Common Uses
Flat Vertical stamping, peripheral and roll-on applications
Multi-level To accommodate small height differences in parts to be decorated
Contoured To precisely match a contoured part that requires decoration
Crowned To eliminate air entrapment or to allow for heat sinks in plastic parts
Durometers
Type Overview
Single Durometer Dies ranging from 40 to 90 durometer to meet a wide variety of needs
Dual Durometer Better conformity to part variation or enhanced capability to stamp combination of fine and bold graphics
Mold Styles
Type Benefits
Photo-Etched (also referred to as Make-Ready)
  • Cost-effective
  • Quick delivery
  • Can have texture on die surface to eliminate air entrapment
Machine-Engraved
  • Near vertical side walls to allow for sharper edges on decoration.
  • Enables different reliefs in a single die to give strength to fine graphics and eliminate overstamping of large graphics.
  • Crowns designed into die graphics assist with complete die-to-part contact over bold and large decoration formats
  • Precise alignment to contour of a part
  • Stamping of graphics positioned at multiple levels on the part with a single die avoiding multiple set-ups.

 

What are magnetic dies?

Unique-in-the-industry, United Silicone´s tool-less “Quick-Change” magnetic die mounting fixtures provide industry-leading changeover speeds and repeatability.

Simplified Changeovers
With Magnetic Die Mounting Fixtures, die changeover and set up time is dramatically reduced. Magnetic die holding fixtures mount to your machine, allowing dies to be easily affixed eliminating the need for screws to secure the hot stamp die and providing

  • Up to 90 x faster die changeover speeds
  • Simplified, tool-less die changeovers

Improved Mounting Accuracy
Magnetic dies improve repeatability from die-to-die offering increased production and reduced downtime. The same pin and slot locations are used in both the die holding fixture and the die to guarantee precision artwork alignment from die-to-die. In fact, Magnetic dies provide

  • Up to 50% improvement in mounting accuracy in some instances

 

What are the differences between hot stamp and heat transfer dies?

Though the hot stamp and heat transfer decoration processes are very similar, a difference can be seen in the dies used. The molds used for hot stamp dies carry the image to be used. They are more complex than the molds used for heat transfer decoration where no graphic image is carried on the die (the image comes from heat transfer label itself).

Why should you look for a die supplier with deep expertise in artwork?

Ensuring high quality hot stamp decoration depends upon having BOTH  artwork carefully designed for the application as well as Dies manufactured utilizing specifications tailored to the graphic’s requirements!  Click here to learn more about the role of graphic design and die manufacturing working together for superior decoration.

What key die related services does United Silicone provide?

In addition to being able to provide you with expert advise on the type of silicone die best suited to your unique application, a quality die supplier should provide:

Precision Molds
Top die manufacturers should provide CNC machine engraved molds with crown or contoured surfaces to perfectly match part shapes/configurations.

Expert Tools- Eliminate Voids 
Expertise on using texturing tool and raised dies to eliminate voids.

Die Finishing Services
These should include hole drilling, matching dovetail and special trims. Quality manufacturers can save you time by providing a completely “ready-to-use” die.

Graphic Arts Expertise
Finding a die supplier with significant Graphic Arts Expertise eliminates “lost in translation” errors when it comes to manipulating and creating your artwork.

Would you like to know more?

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