Specialty Die Cutters

We promote superior tape converting solutions

The Specialty Die Cutters (SDC) Group represents the European tape converting industry. Established in 2008, the SDC Group started of as a sub group now integrated in Afera’s Marketing Committee with the mission of establishing one strong voice promoting the functionality of engineered PSA solutions in Europe.

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Afera SDC Group Launches Webpages, Promotes Functionality of Engineered PSA Solutions in Europe

The Afera Specialty Die Cutters’ (SDC) Group represents the European tape converting industry. Established in 2008, the SDC Group is an active subcommittee of Afera’s marketing committee with the mission of establishing one strong voice promoting the functionality of engineered PSA solutions in Europe. The Afera SDC Group consists of senior directors and managers representing various regions and companies, both large and small, who are actively involved in the specialty tape conversion market...
Download full Press Release of 24 January 2011 >>

Articles on the SDC Group published in issues of Afera News

Increasing the Pie Through Use of the Afera M+V Tool >>
December 2010

Activities of the SDC Group>>
June 2010

Shaping Production & Innovation with Specialty Die Cuts >>
November 2009

Capabilities of the Tape Converting Industry

  • Lathe Slitting
  • Rewind Slitting
  • Laminating
  • Sheeting
  • X/Y Axis CAD Plotter Cutting
  • Flat Bed Die Cutting
  • Rotary Die Cutting
  • Laser Cutting
  • Ultrasonic Cutting
  • Pick & Place Assembly


What Value Does the Converted Tape Industry Bring to the Market?

  • Awareness of substrates and assembly techniques
  • Knowledge of adhesive tapes and complementary materials
  • Creation and manufacture of solutions through product design process
  • Innovative conversion capability
  • Value-added placement and automated application solutions
  • Process improvement/optimisation
  • Combination of multiple material technologies with PSA tapes
  • Technical specification work for components with adhesives
  • Development of application processes
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Value-in-use assessment

Reasons for Selecting a Converted Tape

  • Improved productivity and yield
  • Ease of assembly
  • Labour reduction
  • Enhanced quality control
  • Combination of substrates
  • Cost
  • Strength
  • Aesthetics
  • Space reduction
  • Weight reduction
  • Multiple application solutions
  • Consistent, repeatable production
  • Accuracy
  • Removal of undesirable processes
  • Removal of manual application reject issues
  • Reduction of handling damage
  • Product failure/warranty reduction

Industries Using Converted Tape Solutions

  • Healthcare
  • Telecom
  • Instrumentation
  • Safety
  • Renewable Energy
  • Point of Sale
  • Defence
  • Electronics
  • Automotive
  • Appliance
  • Aerospace
  • Transportation
  • Retail
  • Electrical.


Applications for Converted Tape Solutions

  • Bonding
  • Masking
  • Sealing
  • Protecting
  • EMI/RFI Shielding
  • Insulating
  • Thermally Conducting
  • Electrically Conducting
  • Vibration Dampening
  • Filtering
  • Repositioning
  • Assembling
  • Securing
  • Identifying
  • Decorating
  • Processing.

Complementary Materials to Adhesive Tapes

  • Industrial and High-Performance Foams/Rubbers
  • Acoustically-Transparent Materials
  • Plastic Films
  • Hydrophobic/Hydrophilic Materials
  • Micro-porous Membranes
  • Metal Foils
  • Woven and Non-Woven Fabrics.

Presentation of Converted Solutions

  • Manual
    - Location Aids
    - Peel-Off Tabs
    - Exposed Adhesive
  • Semi-Automated Assembly
    - Vacuum Handling
    -
    Jig and Fixture.
  • Fully-Automated
    - Pneumatic Pick & Place
    -
    Short Cycle Times
    -
    Full Assembly Solutions.