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From decals to gaskets, and from warning labels to packaging and beyond, adhesive-backed components are used in and on a range of products and equipment. MCMILLANCO offers in-house converting and lamination services with our high-speed automated Preco 1220 flat bed die cutting equipment.

What is converting?

The term converting refers to a variety of fully automated operations that cut materials into predetermined shapes. The most common cutting operations are kiss cutting and die cutting and are done with a specialized machine that feeds the material from sheets or rolls and cuts pieces using a die or other cutting tool. Pieces can also be laminated with adhesives and/or an overlay for protection or aesthetic design.

MCMILLANCO uses the versatile, efficient Preco 1220 flat bed die cutting machine for our custom converting services. With it we are able to laminate (up to seven layers), kiss cut or punch, knock out and stack or cut into sheets, and rewind any scrap material with only one or two operators. Finished pieces are then ready for packaging and end use.

Precision converting for critical applications

To provide you with a top quality product, our team manufactures custom dies based on your drawing and produces kiss cut pieces within tight tolerances. Our machine uses optical location technology and high precision registration to identify and cut each piece correctly, whether it’s aligning a cut around a printed area or punching a hole to exact dimensions. This capability reduces scrap due to inaccurate cuts, saves money on materials, and helps you avoid assembly or final use problems downstream.

Production volume can range from 9,000 to 100,000,000 or more pieces per day depending on size and/or configuration. Our team strives for efficiency and success with different materials, such as automated infeed of semi-rigid materials, and tweaking dies for accurate results when working with flexible or stretchy materials. While each type of material has its own properties and “behaves” differently, we’re often able to obtain tolerances up to +/- .002 inch.

Material options

We work with many types of materials that are compatible with converting operations including:

  • Paper, paperboard, cardboard, and corrugated board
  • Plastics and polymer films
  • Woven and non-woven fabrics
  • Cork and felt
  • Butyl, viton, urethane, and closed cell sponge rubber
  • Vinyl
  • Foils and soft metals
  • Silicone, PVC, and other foams

We can work with sheets, long planks, or roll stock materials in a range of colors, textures, widths, and lengths.

Applications and use cases

Converting is a versatile and efficient process for creating customized adhesive components for a variety of uses including:

  • Labels and decals for promotional materials
  • Informational labels on products and equipment
  • Laminated labels or decals for electronics and medical devices
  • Seals and customized adhesive strips for packaging
  • Warning labels
  • Adhesive gaskets
  • And more

Converting services at MCMILLANCO

Our high-speed, automated equipment can create custom products and components that meet your requirements for quality, aesthetics, and functionality. Specific capabilities include:

  • Sheets, planks, or rolls from .001-1.0” thick
  • Accurate kiss cutting depth that is adjustable in fractions of .001” up to .0001
  • Machine throughput of 20-120 die-cut impressions per minute
  • Inline automatic material feed
  • Lamination with heat-activated or pressure sensitive adhesive layers
  • Waste matrix removal
  • Finished part knockout
  • Inline guillotine cutting
  • Batch counting
  • Group conveying/shingling
  • Waste rewinding
  • Optical target locating for Precision Cutting

Wondering how to bring your concept to life? Our team is here to help figure it out and make it happen, from start to finish. Contact us for a free quote today!

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