Highly repeatable product decoration starts with the holding fixtures. If your part is not held securely at precisely the right angle, it is not possible to achieve quality, repeatable decoration.
Projects launched without precision fixtures most often result in costly and time-consuming line reworks to achieve desired decoration. Investing up front in quality, high-precision fixtures (also commonly referred to as nesting fixtures, matching die mounting blocks or re-coatable foundations) can lead to significant savings.
Our team (with a combined 218 years of experience) goes through a painstakingly thorough process to ensure your fixtures provide market-leading precision alignment for superior decoration repeatability.
We start by examining your sample parts together with 3D part files and artwork, to begin incorporating the intricacies of your part design into your fixtures and dies.
|Testing, Testing, Testing....
Experience has taught us that real life production runs are not the same as drawings. We need to account for even the most minuscule variations within your physical parts. We often measure hundreds of parts using dial indicators to track variations as small as .001”. We can then design your fixtures for your true median size – best suited for success across your production run.
Our fixtures team works regularly with a wide range of fixture options, giving us expert insight into the type of substrates, mounting approach and design features that will work best in your unique application.
Armed with precise measurements backed up with exhaustive testing and expert insight as to the fixture substrate, format, features and mounting approach best suited for your application, our team builds your fixtures utilizing state-of-the-art software programs and CNC machining centers. The result is a hot stamp tool set with highly repeatable precision.
Prior to shipping, all United Silicone holding fixtures are tested using fully functional production machines. Over 98% of the time, we find the fixtures to be in perfect alignment. However, we do a final round of testing to ensure that each and every fixture you receive is completely fine-tuned and optimized for use in your production environment.
|Set Up Assistance
New fixtures and dies are shipped together with a set up document outlining recommended temperature and pressure settings as well as dwell and cycle times.
United Silicone provides a wide range of fixture options including:
The principle two features in hot stamp fixtures (tooling set) are the die holding fixture (also commonly referred to as die mounting blocks) and the part holding fixture. These two pieces come together and sandwich the die in a way that ensures precision alignment time-after-time. When dies, die holding fixtures and part holding fixtures are manufactured together as a matched set- optimal accuracy and quality is achieved.
Die holding fixtures (or die mounting blocks) firmly grasp the stamping die at the precise angle necessary to ensure quality decoration. They provide the support necessary to ensure the die does not slip out of precision alignment under the pressure generated by stamping decoration.
Traditional die holding fixtures are drilled with mounting holes lined up to match your equipment and part holding fixture as a set. Additionally, a variety of different mounting configurations (dovetail, type holder and magnetic) are available each with its own advantages and considerations.
Unique-in-the-industry, United Silicone´s tool-less “Quick-Change” magnetic die mounting fixtures provide industry-leading changeover speeds and repeatability.
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
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
Also commonly referred to as “nesting fixtures”, part holding fixtures grasp your part securely at precisely the right angle necessary to produce high-quality, repeatable decoration. In addition to securing a part during decoration and positioning it for optimal repeatable decoration, part holding fixtures also provide required support behind the stamping area eliminating part movement or flexing under the pressure requirements of application.
Lighter than steel (easier handling) + easy to machine + rust resistant + durable + heat tolerant
Machined to part configuration + won’t scuff clear plastics or a high gloss finish – not as durable as aluminum
Ideal for automatic part discharge because of low friction + won’t scuff clear plastics or a high gloss finish – not as durable as aluminum
Offers the greatest strength and durability + ideal for high tonnage applications
Part holding fixtures can be “keyed” or designed to only mount in one specific way- eliminating the chance of a mismatch from die to part or stamping the graphic out of orientation.
Part holding fixtures are manufactured from various materials as dictated by part shape, substrate, size and support requirements.
Additional features are often added to a Fixtures Set to make set-up easier and provide consistent, quality parts more quickly after a fixture’s changeover.
Added to base plate to facilitate proper alignment of the part tooling fixture to the die
Assist in aligning the part to die on contoured parts or flat parts where the position of graphics is critical
|Part Present Sensors
Part sensors connected to controllers can detect part presence and identify proper positioning prior to stamping. These devices are ideal in automated systems to greatly reduce scrap rates.
|Vacuum Hold Down
Utilized when part surface doesn’t allow gripping/grasping in another way without scratching or damaging surface. (Example- clear lenses that are thin and easily scratched)
Avoids part movement, provides snug fit for all parts.
|XY and XYR Positioning Tables
Provides fine adjustment at fixture level in the left to right, back to front directions – R = rotational adjustment
To identify precisely the best holding fixture for your unique application, United Silicone experts consider a wide array of factors including: