The normal function of industrial cutting is creation of a
shape or design from a workpiece by trimming away the access. It is a process
that is performed by hydraulic and mechanical presses thousands of times a day.
With metal pieces, a great deal of force is applied in rapid succession to
create the design.
The cutting process requires a great deal of energy and
force to be applied to achieve the desired result. There is one form of cutting
that is widely used that requires precision, control, and gentleness in order
to complete the cutting process. This form of cutting is referred to as kiss
What is Kiss Cutting?
In the world of heavy equipment, it would seem unlikely to
hear a term such as kiss cutting. As unusual as it may sound, it is a very
common cutting method, used as often as the more violent and forceful forms of
cutting. The difference between a kiss cut and other cutting operations is the
type of control that is needed to achieve the final result.
Kiss cut materials are items that we see and use every day.
Postage stamps that peel off of a smooth sticky surface are an example. The
stamps are printed and applied to sheets of adhesive paper then kiss cut to
become easily removable.
Kiss cutting is a method that requires exceptional control
and precision to avoid damage to the final product. The process is performed on
a die cutting press that has been modified and adjusted to precisely cut the
material to the correct depth.
As the ram of the cutting press lowers the punch onto the
die, with the workpiece between them, the die cuts deeply into the upper layers
of the workpiece but stops at the backing and does not cut through. The
impression and shape of the design is left attached to the backing, so it can be
removed at a later time.
Items that are Made
Using Kiss Cutting
There is an endless number of designs, shapes, and materials
that are made using the kiss cutting method. Though stamps, stickers, and
labels are some of the typical items to be kiss cut, there is a wide array of
manufacturing parts and components that are made using the process.
Many assembly operations use gaskets as part of the
manufacturing process, and they need to be quickly and smoothly applied.
Rubber, foam, and plastic gaskets are applied to adhesive backed paper and cut
to the proper shape, so they can be quickly removed from the paper and applied
to the assembly.
In the food and beverage industry, clearly printed and cut
labels are a necessary part of identifying and labeling products. In all cases,
the labels are printed and separated using this unique cutting process.
Materials that Can be
There are very few limits on the materials that can be kiss
cut. As long as the material is pliable, soft, and sturdy, it can be cut,
shaped, and formed using the process.
Of the many types of materials, vinyl is the most commonly
used due to its durability, resilience, and pliability.