In our experience we can save our customers between 25-50% using this clever technique
In most of cases the cost of the raw material is the most expensive element of die cutting manufacture so we always try our best to maximize the part yield from the raw material. This is especially important with part drawings which call out 1 side with PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) or if the part itself is made from an adhesive tape. When purchasing any raw material which has an adhesive side it always has a high MOQ. Because the adhesive has a short shelf life the raw material must be produced by the OEM or the distributor as a order on demand – raw materials with adhesive are not held in inventory.
One of the main ways that we can keep our customers costs to a minimum is a strategy of making the dies with more than one part number on them – this is called “nesting”. There are some requirements: that the customer requires multiple parts from the same raw material and that the number required of each part number is the same quantity. In our experience using this strategy reduces the total overall costs by between 25-50%.
One of our customers had a requirement for 3 small parts to be die cut manufactured using a 3M VHB (Very High Bond) adhesive tape. 3M VHB tape is very expensive and has an exteremly high MOQ. Using our maximum yield strategy we were able to make a die with the 3 parts nested together which resulted in a price to the customer at 60% it would have cost using qty 3 dies of each of the 3 parts individually, see photo.
If you have any questions regarding costs and how to maximize the use of the raw material please contact us at (858) 279-3343.
About the Author
With over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Martin Chell brings a wealth of knowledge to his client projects. He has worked with large companies including Qualcomm and completed projects in a variety of aerospace, biotech and other applications.
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