Kiss Cutting

Also known as kiss die cutting, kiss cutting is a form of die cutting in which a gasket or seals pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) backed material is partially, but not completely, cut through. A very light impression of the steel rule die cuts through the peel-off portion of pressure sensitive labels, but not through its backing material, allowing for a “peel and stick” application of the gasket or seal upon use. Kiss cutting is a perfect solution for clients that require the ability to frequently adhere their gaskets or seals in the final production process of their product, such as in the automotive industry for vibration control applications. The kiss cut gaskets and seals can be rolled up on their self-adhesive paper or plastic liner for convenient dispensing or storage. Gaskets and seals made of foam, rubber, sponge, neoprene and various other materials can be kiss die cut.

Kiss cutting allows for easier shipment of gaskets and seals, and lessens risk of damage during transportation. A.J. Rubber & Sponge Ltds. top-of-the-line kiss cutting presses allow us to ensure precision cut gaskets and seals; there are never any missed cuts, or partially-cut pieces. All seals and gaskets we fabricate during the kiss cutting process simply peel evenly and cleanly from their release liner, which is typically made of paper. We also never experience any double cut parts, and our gaskets and seals always maintain a consistent gap between them. Any kiss cutting job can be customized so that only the final pieces are attached to the release liner; the scrap material can easily be removed so that only useable gaskets and seals remain on the roll for convenience. Common kiss cut products that A.J. Rubber & Sponge Ltd. manufactures are:

  • EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber) gaskets
  • Rubber washers
  • Closed cell sponge gaskets
  • Flange gaskets
  • Foam gaskets
  • SBR (red rubber) gaskets
  • Cloth-inserted rubber gaskets
  • Polyurethane foam gaskets
  • Silicone sponge gaskets
  • Rubber gaskets
  • Silicone gaskets
  • Nitrile (buna-n) gaskets
  • Compressed non-asbestos gaskets
  • Neoprene gaskets
  • Sponge gaskets
  • Rubber gaskets

Kiss-cutting is available for all adhesive backed pieces, or for non-adhesive materials that come pre-cast on a paper release liner. For non-adhesive materials that are not pre-cast, a low tack plastic film is usually incorporated to provide the transport liner. A.J. Rubber & Sponge Ltd. provides a full range of products using kiss cutting technology from rubber gaskets for the automotive industry to aerospace seals. Our precision kiss cutting equipment along with our machining experience is more than sufficient to produce custom gaskets or seals on sheets or rolls of self-adhesive lining material. So as to guarantee the success of your kiss cutting project, we will help you choose the best gasket or seal material for your unique application.

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