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Die cutting presses are extremely effective for large-scale cutting, but up until now, there haven’t been many types to choose from. Many of the larger players in this industry, limit their imported product lines to whichever presses have the broadest use. Die cutting presses with the broadest use, have the broadest customer basis, which means pressuring customers into buying what you have on-hand is basic business if you import products from another country. The largest problem with this form of business, is that these companies become incentivized to push in-stock die cutting presses on customers, even if it doesn’t work well for their application. At The American Clicker Press Co, we have engineered our line of presses so that there is an option for everyone. Our primary focus is to build and customize our presses to suit the customer’s needs. We don’t ever want our customers to end up with a partial solution.
We receive a lot of calls from people wondering where to start. The laundry list of semi-interchangeable terminology surrounding die cutting, can be a huge headache for anyone looking for basic information. If you’re new to the industry, starting off with the right resources can help you avoid a lot of confusion. For this reason, you may find it worthwhile to forget about whether it’s called a shop press or a die press, a clicker press or a swing arm, a beam press or a plane press, and focus in more on each unit’s capabilities, limitations, and most common uses.
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DESCRIPTION: Our engineers designed the Shop Press with the small companies and startups in mind. We designed this press to be low-cost and very reliable. This unit can apply 10 tons of pressure, and you can choose between the table-top model and the free-standing model. Our safety mechanism requires the operator to hold down two buttons simultaneously, or the motor will shut off.
BENEFITS: This unit ships disassembled, saving our customers hundreds of dollars in freight costs. The compact nature of the press also makes it easier for our customers to haul around. Setting up the press is extremely easy, meaning DIYers and anyone with limited building experience can do it. Our Shop Press starts at just $2,299.00, which means there is a reliable option for everyone’s budget.
LIMITATIONS: This press limits the operator to a working area of 12″ X 12″. We build this press with major elements not made in the USA to provide an entry-level option to our customers.
COMMON USES: Leather goods, accessories and handbags, tags, vinyl, decals, sequins, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, rubber, child and baby accessories, toys, stickers, etc…
DESCRIPTION: A Swing Arm Press, or “Clicker Press” allows the press head to swing ninety degrees to either side, making it easy to access your finished product in between compressions. Operators must compress two buttons simultaneously to operate this press, ensuring the operator cannot put appendages under the platen during use.
BENEFITS: Versatility is the largest draw to using a Swing Arm die press. When contract cutting for broad applications, or doing custom work, a Swing Arm can often get the job done. Operators can get to work quickly because of the intuitive touch-screen controls and ease-of-use. Starting at just $5775.00, this is also a budget-friendly option for large-scale cutting.
LIMITATIONS: Since these machines were engineered primarily for ease-of-use, a few sacrifices had to be made in the precision department. Applying pressure from so far back on the press can cause issues with deflection, also known as the “Cantilever Effect”. The “Cantilever Effect” can be minimized in manufacturing, but not completely avoided, because the nature of the error can change frequently based on the design and complexity of each die and where each die is placed in proximity to the cylinder. This design can make cutting cardboard, paper, cardstock, tissue, and other thin materials with error-free results very difficult.
COMMON USES: Leather goods, nonwovens, textiles, accessories and handbags, tags, packaging, vinyl, decals, adhesives, sequins, arts and crafts, abrasives, scrapbooking, rubber, gaskets, child and baby accessories, toys, stickers, airfoils, shoes, medical products, etc.
DESCRIPTION: The Mini Beam Press was designed specifically to bridge the price gap between smaller presses and larger presses. This revolutionary design drastically minimizes deflection issues and inconsistent cutting results.
BENEFITS: This unit cuts nearly 10X more accurately than a Swing Arm Press. Operators will find our Mini Beam Press intuitive and easy to use. The large cutting area of 30″ X 36″ means our customers can cut a wider variety of products. Pricing for the Mini Beam Press starts at just $7999.00. With
LIMITATIONS: There aren’t really any limitations on this little workhorse. The only issue will be for our fabricators, trying to keep up with the orders.
COMMON USES: These presses are most commonly used in industries like: Leather goods, accessories and handbags, tags, vinyl, decals, sequins, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, rubber, child and baby accessories, toys, stickers, paper, cardboard, cardstock, tissue, etc…
DESCRIPTION: Our hydraulic Beam Press or “Plane Press” is the mother of all die cutting presses. It has the largest working area of any other press with tonnages ranging from 25-220. With enough tonnage, this machine can cut just about any non-metal or thin metal application that can fit on the table. We can even make custom table sizes for unique applications!
BENEFITS: With the largest working area and the largest range of tonnage, it’s difficult to find something that this die press can’t do. It can also be automated for material advancement and cutting. Say hello to the dream machine!
LIMITATIONS: When using a machine this big, it is often best to custom size the wood backing on all your dies for consistency. Not standardizing your die backings may create difficulty or unnecessary time consumption in mounting and releasing your dies.
COMMON USES: These presses are most commonly used in industries like: Leather goods, accessories and handbags, tags, vinyl, decals, sequins, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, rubber, child and baby accessories, toys, stickers, and nearly all other manual and automated cutting applications.
DESCRIPTION: Our traveling head is designed to apply large amounts of pressure on a small working area. This works well for companies cutting extremely thick and dense materials.
BENEFITS: Creating an unparalleled amount of force per square inch is no problem for this machine with tonnages ranging from 25-100. Automated material feeding and cutting are also an option with this unit. With the traveling head, you may also program this machine to run full sequences of small cuts.
LIMITATIONS: The cutting area is small, which may limit cutting applications for this unit.
COMMON USES: These presses are most commonly used in industries like: Leather goods, accessories and handbags, tags, vinyl, decals, sequins, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, rubber, child and baby accessories, toys, stickers, etc…