Kiss cutting is a form of cutting where a material is not cut all the way through to an attached adhesive backing or liner. In kiss cutting, a lighter cutting stroke is employed. This ensures that the final cut part can be easily removed from the backing. An example of a kiss cut rubber part would be where gaskets or other parts are supplied in roll form on a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) backing or liner.
Kiss Cut Rubber Parts: Advantages
Kiss cut parts offer several advantages. These include the following:
Ease of use and handling. Kiss cutting results in the provision of an adhesive liner on one side of the final product. For parts that are used in high-volume repetitive processes, such as automotive assembly, workers can quickly and easily detach the cut parts from the adhesive liner and place them into position. The ease-of-handling introduced by detaching parts from the liner, rather than trying to detach the liner from the part, enhances productivity and makes kiss cut rubber parts a preferred choice for high-volume operations.
Convenience. For parts that are used only intermittently, kiss cut parts may be taken from storage, unrolled and peeled off for use, with the remainder re-rolled and placed back into storage.
Kiss cutting offers superior precision and accuracy over standard die cutting. With kiss cutting, a wide range of diverse materials of varying thickness can be cut cleanly and precisely.
CRGI Kiss Cut Rubber Parts: Materials
Canada Rubber Group Inc. (CRGI) has extensive experience in supplying kiss cut rubber parts, as well as components and parts kiss cut from other materials. For automotive applications, CRGI has been a preferred supplier of kiss cut rubber parts in support OEM vehicle programs, including those of General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Mazda, BMW, Honda, Toyota, and Volvo. In addition to servicing the automotive industry, we have produced a variety of kiss cut parts for industrial applications, including gaskets and seals, washers, pads, etc.
In addition to supplying a broad assortment of part types and geometries, CRGI kiss cuts parts from a wide range of materials, including solid rubber and silicone sheet, foam and sponges, and specialty materials such as cork, felt, and laminates. Because we use the latest production technology, CRGI’s advanced kiss cutting capabilities allow us to handle small order volumes equally well as large volume runs.
If you have a product or application that requires a kiss cut rubber part, our sales department will be pleased to guide you on material selection, as well as part prototyping if required. Please contact our sales department with your requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org.