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As with any material, the die-cutting of plastic risks introducing surface defects or imperfections. An automated monitoring system will detect problems at an early stage, safeguarding quality levels.

Typically, steel rule dies are used to stamp or blank out parts from a plastic sheet in a continuous process, enabling the creation of simple or complex shapes. The material is placed under the die, which is then lowered onto it, ensuring the production of multiple, identically-shaped products.

Typically, die-cutting is a continuous process, so any undetected problems may cause defects in multiple product batches. As many applications require precise shapes or measurements, defective cutting will create large amounts of waste product.

Defects in the die or insufficient cutting pressure could lead to imperfect cutting, producing incorrect shapes or creating surface defects. Substandard products may be unsuitable or unsafe for purpose, so accurate, automated monitoring is required to ensure consistent quality throughout the process.
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