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Die cut acoustic fabrics either block sounds (sound dampening) or permit their passage (acoustic transparency). Acoustic fabrics can also control airflow and provide protection against wind, water, humidity, moisture, dust, spray, and particles of particular sizes.   Learn more from our blog;
A type of adhesive which in dry form is aggressively tacky at room temperature. It has the capability to promote a bond to dissimilar surfaces on contact, with pressure. Learn more from our white paper
An adhesive characterized by relatively high cohesive strength and low ultimate adhesion. It can be removed easily from most surfaces. Some adhesive transfer could take place depending on the affinity of the adhesive to the surface.
When adhesive penetrates through the face material of a pressure-sensitive lamination.
Some cutting dies are equipped with air ejection jets to eject die cut parts or scrap parts out of a die.
Air escape holes are often required in a die blade or at the back of the die to allow the built up air in a die cavity to escape during the die cutting process. If air holes are not provided the captured air in a die cavity can impede the die cutting action and hinder the ejection of the die cut piece from the die after the die cutting cycle. In clicker and high dies, the die maker will often grind several grooves in the back of the die to allow air to escape from the die. Also used on auto platen stripping & blanking dies.
Made totally from steel. This usually refers to all-steel clicker dies or solid milled clicker dies vs. steel rule dies.   Learn more from our blog
Soft and untreated die steel that can be easily bent or formed into the desired shape before the die is heat treated. Clicker dies are generally hand bent or forged with annealed die steel which is then heat treated to a Rockwell 50C hardness.
An acronym for American National Standards Institute. An organization that acts as a national clearing-house and coordinator for voluntary standards in the United States.
(1) The press plate against which the die cuts.
(2) In rotary die cutting, soft urethane surface the die knives penetrate while cutting the product.
(3) A hardened steel roll upon which the bearers of a rotary die cutter ride which also provides the hardened surface to support the die cutting.
In rotary die cutting, steel or cast Iron cylinder on which the urethane blankets and the cutting die are mounted onto.
A small press with a long handle or leverage bar used to apply leverage to the downward stroke of the head or the press to cause the adequate pressure to make a die cut.
Welding with a stick of welding electrode to join the open ends of a clicker or high die blade.
Die cutting systems which have automatic feed systems are systems which automatically feed the material to be die cut up to the die cutting area of the press. An automatic feed system could be belt driven, pinch drives or using air transport tables.


The metal back plate that is welded into or onto the back of a clicker die. Foam rubber is placed into the die for ejection purposes. Also used in new auto platen chases to bolt the die against.
Clicker and high dies which have a metal back plate welded to the back of the die. The back plate is used as a base against which the stripper material rests inside the die to allow efficient stripping of die cut material from the die.
A plate normally placed on the back of a die.
Also called leveling knives as used in steel rule dies to balance the load on a platen press.
In reference to cutting die blades, the bevel or bevels of the cutting edge determine how a blade penetrates the material being die cut. The bevel on a die blade is identified by the number of degrees on the bevel or as an inside bevel or outside bevel. Some steel rule blades have a double bevel for certain cutting applications.
This die type is covered here because it employs a form of steel rule, although it is used to convert metal. Normally, the die is made of two parts; the top (female) section, of steel rule set into dense material, sometimes maple plywood; the bottom section (male), a hardened plate which mates with the inside line of the top section to form a shearing effect on the materials being cut. This die is also known as a shearing die, stamping die, or metal blanking die. Also used on auto platen presses with a blanking section to separate the finished carton from the die cut scarp sheet.
A steel rule die which has a top and bottom metal plate which are identical. The die design is laser cut or milled into the plates and the plates are separated by spacers. After the die is knifed, the center core is filled with a bonding material.
Breaker rules break off the outside web of a blank of material to relieve the pressure of the die cut material around a die during the die cutting operation. Same as choppers or chopper rules.
The placement of notches in steel rule blade so that the blade can fit into its relative place in a die board which leaves an equal bridge of die board along the knifed path.


(1) One section of a multiple cavity die, where more than one die or sections are mounted onto a back plate as in clicker dies or on a die board as in steel rule dies.
(2) In laser technology, a cavity is the laser resonator, or tube in which the lasing process occurs.
(3) Usually refers to the engraving on a rotary die cutter that die cuts a single shape.
A steel rule blade where the cutting edge is centered in the middle of the thickness of the die blade.
A die blade that creates a slice or tear cut in a die cut piece. It can be anywhere in a die configuration where a separation is needed or could be outside the die to help break away the web of material to relieve cutting pressure to aid in improved die cutting techniques.
Strict cleanroom and white-room conditions are maintained, including control for temperature and humidity within tight tolerances. An environment with a low level of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapors.
Closed-cell foams are impermeable to moisture to air.
Steel rule in a die to cut up scrap in smaller pieces.
(1) A die which incorporates both the features of steel rule die with male and female blanking elements. Many times the perimeter of a die may be a steel rule blade and the cutouts can be male and female cutouts. The perimeter may not require close tolerance, but the cutouts may require close tolerance. In some cases, a male/female die is required to cut out intricate designs.
(2) A die layout consisting of more than one box design – multiple cartons of different types in a single layout.
The compression set of a material is the permanent deformation remaining when a force that was applied to it, is removed. The term is normally applied to soft materials such as elastomers. Materials such as Poron Foam have excellent compression set resistance, meaning that these open-cell materials typically resist compression set and force relaxation better.
Commercial Die Cutters generally provide contract die cutting to their customers whereby they perform their services on a contract basis for each job.
A custom gasket is a mechanical seal which fills the space between two or more mating surfaces, generally to prevent leakage from or into the joined objects while under compression. Interstate Specialty Products manufactures custom gaskets from non-metallic materials such as rubber, Gore GR, Poron, and Teflon / PTFE.
Interstate is able to work with material provided by their customers, an inventory management system is configured to ensure that the material is identified for a specific order, that it is stored separately, and that lot traceability is maintained.
In “onto” cutting where die blades strike against a cutting base the base plate is called a cutting plate, normally made out of flat ground stainless steel.
In die cutting, the cutting head normally refers to the head of the cutting press into which a cutting die is mounted.
This refers to the amount of pressure that a cutting press exerts in the downward stroke of the cutting press. The pressure is normally identified in tons of cutting pressure. Generally a common rule of thumb states that it takes about 500 pounds per lineal inch of blade to accomplish a clean die cut, but that figure varies according to the material being cut and other conditions.
The surface against which the cutting die strikes after the die has penetrated the material being die cut. The cutting surface in the case of “into” cutting allows the die to slightly penetrate the cutting surface to create a clean cut and in the case of “onto” cutting the die strikes against or onto a hardened surface.


Used as the carrier for steel rule in cutting dies, usually hardwood plywood.
A device used to modify a die station of one type of press so that it will accommodate dies originally designed to be used on different presses.
Refers to a complete cutting tool assembly. This could include the male and the female elements of a male/female blanking or cutting die.
Used to hold steel rules in position; can be of various materials, e.g.: plywood, plastic, metal, composition, or a combination.
The method of using sharp edged cutting dies to cut out shapes from a wide array of soft to semi-rigid materials. The action of making piece parts from bulk materials using cutting dies and presses.
The bevel on a die blade depends on the intended use of the die blade. The bevel is generally pre-shaped in the blade. A blade can have a short or long bevel, a center bevel, or multiple bevels depending on what the blade is to be used for. Most steel rule die blades have a counter bevel on the cutting edge required in manufacturing the blade, but clicker and high die blades generally do not have a counter bevel. The reason probably is that a clicker and high die blade is heat treated harder and lasts longer in cutting when used in “into” cutting.
The view looking down on the sharp edges of the knife, also called the “inside view” in paperboard cartons.
A die stop is a block of steel that is placed close to the mechanical or hydraulic posts of a cutting press. The die stop limits the downward stroke of a press so that the die attached to the head of the press is limited to not travel below the die stops.
Producing cut parts with tight tolerances from sheet or roll materials without the use of tooling, computer controlled for accuracy.
Ability to maintain size; resistance of paper, film, or other material to dimensional change with change in moisture content or relative humidity.
An acronym for “Data Exchange File”. A type of file used to store CAD images and export them to a plotter or other drawing or cutting device.


Electronic Discharge Machining Process for removing metal, as in rotary dies.
Interstate Specialty Products manufactures electrical insulation components from materials including fish paper, aramid paper, Mylar®, and ITW Formex® GK. Examples include power supplies, appliances, computer equipment, and telecommunications devices.
Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), these electromagnetic waves generated by electronic devices may negatively affect other, similar, electronic devices. In order to prevent EMI or RFI, EMI/RFI Shielding agents may be used as protection.


The use of a scrim or a strong loose weave of fibres laminated into  or to the material to provide extra strength and stability.
Cutting punches used in cutting dies which have clearance built into them so that the material being die cut in the punch flows up through the punch and ejects out the back of the punch.
A stripping unit consisting of male stripping die and female stripping die components that is placed into an auto platen die cutting press after the die cutting station to strip out scrap sections of a die cut blank.


A piece of die cutting equipment that provides full width cutting allowing for large dies as well as an accurate and uniform distribution of the cutting power across the cutting area.
A cutting press normally having two or four hydraulic cylinders. Beam presses are used in “into” cutting of leather goods, fabrics, and many other materials. The cutting die can be mounted onto either the head or base of the press.


A nick or small “V” shape, half round shape or square shape, put into the edge of the die which cuts out a small section of the die cut piece. It is used as a location device to align various die cut sections for assembly.
A feed system for a cutting press which incrementally feeds material to be die cut into a die press in increments of inches equal to the depth of the cutting bed of the press. Also called progressive feed as in P-Feed dies.
Materials that have excellent dielectric strength along with other desirable properties, such as resistance to heat, cold, moisture, chemicals, and radiation. Learn more from our blog
ISO 13485 is an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard, published in 2003, that represents the requirements for a comprehensive quality management system for the design and manufacture of medical devices.


A methodology aimed at reducing flow times within production as well as response times from suppliers to customers.


A form of die cutting where a very light impression with the cutting rule cuts through the component material, but that cut does not penetrate through the backing material.  Learn more from our blog
A knock-out is any device that knocks out the scrap from a cut-out in a die.


A web material formed by bonding two or more materials together as in a pressure-sensitive construction. To apply one layer of material over another.


A full width roll that has finished primary manufacturing process and is usually untrimmed and unslit.
The face material and adhesive surrounding a self-adhesive label, usually removed after die cutting.
Membrane filters are partially permeable, they allow some molecules to pass, but not others. As a rule, pore size determines the selectivity. Filtration membranes are made of nylon, polypropylene, cellulose, nitrocellulose, glass fiber, and PTFE.
Otherwise called a male/female die, having a male section which entered into the female section of the die, creating a shearing action to cut both soft and rigid materials.
Many materials are laid up in multiple layers before die cutting. It is not uncommon to lay up many thicknesses of fabric 3 or 4 inches in height and have a die cut through all the layers in one down stroke of a press.


The nesting of similar or different parts to be die cut on a printed sheet or layout to maximize the material utilization of the material being used in the die cutting process.  Learn more from our blog


The off press preparation of a die along with its cutting plate to ensure that the die will cut perfectly with no set-up time once the die assembly is placed into the cutting press.
Open-cell foams are permeable to moisture and impermeable to air.


A cutting rule that produces perforations in the material to be die cut. The perforations can be an aid to better glue adherence in the folding and gluing process of folding cartons.
An air operated cutting press.
A manufacturer of porous plastics and polymers that are available with controlled pore sizes for filtered, wicking, venting, muffling, diffusing, and membrane support.
Porex® chromatography frits are made of a porous plastic that’s USP23 approved, non-cytotoxic, and sterilizable by steam and EtO. With its three-dimensional pore structure, Porex® is a material that offers good control over pore size and pore distribution. It’s also resistant to pore closure under pressure.  Frits are used in laboratory-scale liquid and gas filtration. For example, in liquid chromatographic (LC) systems, these disc-like components fit within the solid phase extraction (SPE) cartridge and remove unwanted particles.
These cellular urethanes range from super-soft to very firm, and support the use of a wide range of adhesives. Made by Rogers Corporation, Poron microcellular urethanes are recommended for long-term sealing and impact management .  Learn more from our blog
A pneumatic tool that pierces into a stack of die cut blanks to strip away the excess materials from the finished die cut parts.
Using traditional (Steel Rule, Rotary, Matched Metal) or innovative methods (Digital Knife Cutting) for producing cut parts with tight tolerances and extreme accuracy.
Platen (upper) which you print or die cut against.
Cutting surface under which makeready is positioned.
Often called makeready.
PSAs can be one or two-sided and are often included in a multi-layer laminated system, PSAs can be applied in zones or specific areas of a die cut part by slitting and applying narrow strips or by kiss-cutting and leaving adhesive only in the desired location.  Learn more from our white paper
Computer operated automatic advancing of the material to be die cut into the cutting area of a cutting press.
Cutting dies that have more than one cutting station to perform complex or complicated die cutting and stripping operations.
A steel rule die made on a long die board sometimes up to 30 feet long used to die cut many component parts of a product, like automobile upholstery, carpet treads, etc. The die is incrementally fed under the head of a full head cutting press in increments equal to the depth of the cutting head so that all sections of the die cavities of the P-Feed die are cleanly die cut.
There are a wide variety of cutting punches used in the die cutting process. Different types of punches are used in different types of cutting dies to cut out round holes, ovals, squares, rectangles, and other shapes in a die cut piece. Typical types of cutting punches are: center bevel punches, feed thru punches, cup punches, hang hole punches, inside wall punches, seamless punch, serrated punches, side outlet punches, threaded screw punches, and tube punches.
ISO 13485:2016 and ISO 9001:2015 certifications mean that your part will meet your specifications and exceed your expectations. We use a quality management system that embraces lean manufacturing and utilizes the latest technology in non-contact laser inspection, ensuring acceptable quality levels for every project and every part.


Quick release fixtures and assemblies designed into the heads of cutting presses to rapidly remove and insert cutting dies intended to drastically reduce down time caused in the changeover of tooling.


A type of a cutting press where the head of the press moves back out of the die cutting area after it has completed its downward and return upward stroke. The advantage of this press is that an operator can have a full view of the work area in advancing material and placement of the die for the next die cut
The components of the pressure-sensitive label stock which functions as a carrier for the pressure-sensitive label. Prior to application, it protects the adhesive, and readily separates from the label immediately before the label is applied to product.
The ability of cutting a die to reproduce an exact duplicate cut part after each cutting action. Repeatability also refers to the ability of a system to exactly duplicate its actions. Specification denoting the ability of a plotter or samplemaker to return to a previous position accurately.
Re-ruling refers to the re-knifing of a steel rule die to replace a dull or worn steel rule blade so that the die will be sharp again for continued effective use.
Clicker and high dies can have their cutting edges resharpened many times. In resharpening a small amount of height is lost on the die as the edge is rubbed down to flat and parallel condition. The cutting edge is then filed back onto the die to regain its original condition. Where overall height is critical, the back of the die can be spot welded to add height and then the die is blanchard ground back to its original height.
A curved cutting die, used in a rotary die cutter. It can be constructed in several methods using curved steel rule blades being machined by CNC or EDM methods from a solid cylinder blank. Flexible etched magnetic rotary dies are turned around a magnetic cylinder.
A cutting press that cuts and scores a soft to semi-rigid material with rotating (rotary) dies. Principal benefits are speed and long die life.
Die cutting using a cylindrical die on a rotary press. A web of material is fed through the press over a station which holds a cylindrical tool that will cut out shapes, make perforations or creases, or even cut the sheet or web into smaller parts
Rubber used to eject the finished product from a cutting die.
Steel rule die blades that make perforated cuts in the material being die cut


Steel blade that leaves an impression in blank without cutting – usually a fold line.
A thin strip of steel or plastic, even hard paper used as filler to build up the height of cutouts in a cutting die.
The hardness of plastics is most commonly measured by the Shore® (Durometer) test, the Shore A scale is used for ‘softer’ rubbers while the Shore D scale is used for ‘harder’ ones.  The hardness value is determined by the penetration of the Durometer indenter foot into the sample.
A cutting punch which has a shoulder machined onto the base of the punch.
A cutting punch that ejects the die cut pill or slug out the side of the punch rather than flowing directly through the punch and out the back of the die.
Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is used as a barrier to liquids and a permeable path for gaseous elements and compounds. Applications include laboratory products and medical devices such as catheters, implants, valves, gaskets, and thin silicone films.
Complete in-line production for multi-layer/multi-step components.
A close tolerance clicker type die manufactured out of a solid piece of tool steel. It can be either milled out on a milling machine or wire cut on a Wire EDM machine. Normally bent, forged clicker dies are constructed to a commercial tolerance of W0.015”, but when a closer tolerance is required, the die maker will often manufacture a solid milled clicker die to maintain closer tolerances.
Used for gaskets, seals, pads, cushions, packaging, electrical, thermal, and acoustic insulators, and vibration isolation and damping to ensure a proper seal and to protect against dust or the environment.
Electrical charges generated in handling materials which cause materials to cling together. Can jump to humans or equipment causing shock or fire if solvents are present. With reference to films, causes them to cling to one another or to other insulating surfaces.
Steel rule cutting plate with creasing channels that can be either chemically etched, machined, or engraved into the surface.
The cutting element of a steel rule die; can be cutting rule, creasing rule, perforating rule, as well as combination rule.
Die-cutting method where a steel-cutting die is cut against a steel-cutting base. Also a method whereby two rotary dies are cut against each other.
A two-piece die normally used on an automatic platen press to mechanically remove scrap from a die cut sheet.
The upward or downward action of stroke of a cutting press.


Permissible limit or limits of variation in a physical dimension.  Learn more from our white paper
Each die cutting press has a specific capacity or tonnage or pressure available on the down stroke of the head of the press. One ton equals 2000 pounds of downward pressure.


Roller stands that unwind a coil of material just before a die cutting station.


Venting supports design flexibility, system reliability, pressure equalization, and temperature stabilization.
Washers are made of many different materials and are used for sealing, spacing, insulating, and vibration absorption. Non-metallic washers cost less than metal washers and can be custom manufactured in sizes from 0.100” outer diameter (OD) and from 0.005” to 0.12” thick. Applications for rubber washers and plastic washers include pumps, valves, compressors, electric motors, and oil and gas equipment.


Open-cell materials that use capillary action to transfer fluids. Their porous structures control liquid volume capacity and fluid transfer rates, and are optimized for media capillarity.