Second Ops in-house capabilities at RH
Our in-depth secondary ops department is crucial to making every RH job stand out. Following an engineering review and production print, every job proceeds into the post-press department for the finishing. Here membrane keypads, graphic overlays and plastic labels are machined and finished before assembly. The department has multiple tools and machines to meet every desired product requirement. RH’s second ops in-house capabilities included a variety of processes used to manipulate and transform the printed substrate into a functional product when it is put together and tested in the assembly department.
Types of standard Second Ops in-house capabilities:
Pattern Die Cutter
Die-cutting is the general process of using a die to cut through low-strength materials, such as rubber, paper, plastics, pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes, foam, and sheet metal. We use hand-fed Crossland Platens die-cutting machines. We have three of them in different sizes to cover all possible product scenarios. Crosland’s hand-fed platens, introduced in 1902 with their robust design, have stood the test of time. They are easy to maintain, strong and durable, and offer the versatility customers demand. This versatility makes them ideal for print finishing, labels, and plastics.
Kiss cutting is a type of cut that only penetrates the first layer of material and leaves the backing materials intact. It’s called “kiss” cutting because when cutting material, the top layer is “kissed” by the blade, so it only pushes through the topmost layer. Kiss cuts are commonly used in sticker and label production. The result is a flat sheet of labels that can be peeled off the substrate and applied by hand.
For metal works, we use a Weidemann CNC Machine – 40 T turret Press that we have optimized for many different materials. We can work with thin plastics that require a high-quality precision or finish. On the thicker side, we can process 3mm aluminium custom panels. The Weidermann is an exact piece of machinery with a clean finish, leaving no burrs.
Embossing and debossing is the process of creating a raised or recessed relief surface. However, as a part of our industry standards, it is almost always a raised button or effect. When an embossed pattern is raised against the background, It creates the ideal tactile response of a button. The space behind the raised surface can accommodate a metal switch in an electrical product. The types of embossing we usually create are Dome, Pillow and Rim.
One option we do have is to fill that emboss area with resin. This process isn’t used for buttons but works well as an embossed badged. New engineering samples we create can also have a selective resin dome. This dome forms a robust layer by surface tension over the substrate or button. Please follow this link to learn more.
Using sophisticated machinery such as the Preco Flat Bed Die Cutter RH can create simple tooling to cut and shape materials or use a more complex tool to create very bespoke product constructions. This Machine can finish gasket jobs all by itself, saving time moving products around the factory to different smaller machinery.
The most significant advantage of the Preco is its speed and precision. The knife tool’s die-cutting tolerance is +/- 0.25mm as standard, but Preco can be adjusted to 1/1000 mm and repeated with consistency and speed. This accuracy is critically important to Medical or Military projects. It is also ideal for larger projects set up to run all day.
Pin registration is not only a valuable tool in manufacturing printed and electronic equipment but also may help component assembly and the product positioning in a larger build. The pins significantly improve a job’s accuracy, speed, and quality as it moves through each department, removing the possibility of natural hand and eye misregistration.
There are many different lamination processes, primarily dependent on the type or types of substrate materials to be laminated. We do two types of laminations.
- Sheet form – We cut gaskets (sheets of adhesive) on die cutting Machine. If the customer requires adhesive-free areas (windows, buttons, etc.)
- Roll form – Roll adhesive gets laminated over the whole of the printed sheet and then cut using a Die-cutting Machine (no adhesive-free area required)The benefit of sheet form is having different thicknesses and spec adhesives available.
The benefit of roll form – laminating speed, specialized adhesives tend to come in roll form.
What else can our Second Ops in-house capabilities do:
- Vacuum forming
- Platens emboss – with various options
- Linish (brushed aluminium)
- Bespoke aluminium/acrylic/plastic back panels with studs
- X/Y Cutting
Combining all our many types of tooling, processes, and staff experience in second ops makes RH products unique. RH Technical Industries Ltd guarantees quality that the product designers will appreciate and ultimately grant an end-user experience the operators will love. Please get in touch with us today to discuss the new projects you are currently working on. RH can make the difference between a good product and an outstanding one! Call: 01264 721450