Custom Die Cutting Services
For over 42 years, Metro Industries has specialized in steel rule
die cutting parts for a wide variety of industries. We have
automated presses that can efficiently stamp out hundreds of thousands of
tiny die cut parts, as well as very large machines capable of die cutting
parts that take two or three people just to handle each one, and rotary die
cutting and punching for continuous length strip gaskets (like tank
Millions of pieces, sets, kits, feet, etc. of die cut
products shipped worldwide every month!
While the term "gaskets" loosely describes our market niche, more than
half our custom die cut parts are not gaskets at all. Oh, we
make gaskets -- millions of them, but most of our "products" are actually
our customers' components, which are whatever they (or you) call them.
Though abbreviated, the charts below should provide some insight into the
vast array of die cut products and custom die cutting services MI has been
excelling in for over 42 years:
Die Cutting Presses
Almost all die cutting can be done on several types of presses, but often
at a cost of additional labor and/or material waste. With an array of
press types and sizes having bed sizes up to 24" x 72" and generating up to
75 tons, MI is equipped to efficiently handle most die cutting requirements
by truly matching each job to the type and size of press best suited to the
Automated Hydraulic Punch Press Systems
These sophisticated, computer-controlled press systems are ideal for
large quantity orders (10,000+) and some lower volume orders that require
the precise material indexing or scrap-separating capabilities of these
machines. They are capable of producing and separating from scrap
thousands per minute of small die cut parts on multiple cavity steel rule
dies or punch dies, or hundreds per minute of larger products. Setup
times are generally greater on these presses (usually less than an hour),
but that time is usually made up shortly after they start feeding rolls of
material in and producing ready-to-ship precision die cut parts out the
- (1) 60 ton, 16" x 20" cutting area.
- (1) 20 ton, 12" x 12" cutting area.
These flywheel-driven presses are the ideal workhorse for most small to
medium (250-10,000) size die-cutting runs plus a number of products that
require high tonnage, high velocity stroke, or manual material indexing.
They can run up to 75 strokes a minute on steel rule or male-female dies and
require minimal setup times on most dies.
- (1) 60
ton OBI-type, 18" x 24" cutting area
- (1) 75 ton OBI-type, 24" x 36" cutting area
Hydraulic Swing Arm Clicker Presses
Because these versatile die-cutting presses take only seconds to setup,
they are ideal for small-medium quantity orders for small-medium size parts,
as well as sample and prototype orders for products under development.
The machines are capable of producing up to 300 strokes per hour, making
them the most cost-effective press on runs under 1,000 pieces that would
otherwise require relatively lengthy setups.
- (2) 30 ton, 18" x 30" cutting area.
Hydraulic Beam Clicker Presses
The open-beam, programmable sliding cutting-head, these presses are ideal
for large parts (72" wide x any length) or whenever circumstances allow
simultaneous production of different parts using multiple-dies. Like
the swing arm presses, setups take on seconds, and they are capable of
producing upwards of 200 strokes per hour.
- (1) 60 ton, 24" x 72" cutting area.
Steel Rule Die Cutting
With over 10,000 dies and various types of presses ranging from 20 to 75
tons, MI can efficiently die cut intricate parts smaller than a pencil
eraser as well as gaskets spanning 8 feet or more. Steel rule dies are
economical, minimum quantities are generally low, and they can easily be
adapted to easy-setup clicker presses for large parts and/or low quantities
as well as automated punch presses for higher volume requirements.
Non-recurring steel rule die tooling costs, where applicable, begin around
$50 and average around $120.
Male-Female Steel Die Cutting
When necessary or more economical than other options, MI's presses easily
adapt to male-female dies, or "hard tooling," up to 24" x 36", which are
quite a lot more expensive than steel rule dies, but sometimes the
economical choice. Metro is usually able to easily adapt existing
punch press dies for production and welcomes opportunities to do so.