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A Flexible Die You Can Depend On

The bottom-line in any industry is finding ways to run faster, cheaper and with more efficiency. As your preferred supplier for flexible dies, BEST works as a partner to improve in each of these areas without sacrificing quality. BEST is unique in the Envelope Converting Industry because we offer tremendous added value for our preferred customers at little to no additional cost.

BEST has the manufacturing capacity to handle all of your flexible die needs, with five etching lines and five CNC sharpening machines dedicated to flexible dies for all models of W&D and F.L. Smithe envelope machines. BEST custom designs and manufactures both flexible dies and magnetic cylinders with  guaranteed compatibility and high performance in your machines. When you buy a flexible die from BEST, it is easy to store, less expensive to ship and in most cases, ready for same or next-day shipment.

Flexible Die Coating for Cutting Full-Coveage Ink And Tough Materials  

Are you struggling with cutting through full-coverage ink, matte paper (high clay content) or other abrasive materials such as Hybrid Vellum? For a minimal fee, BEST offers a Special Chrome plating applied In-House to our BEST flexible dies. This treatment is proven to extend flexible die life up to five times longer than the standard materials. Other companies may offer Teflon Coating as a solution, but this only adds a minimal increase in lubricity that wears off quickly.

What differentiates our coating from the competition? Increased hardness for longer runs, additional lubricity which reduces paper dust and corrosion protection.

Quality Control

BEST provides a paper and carbon test cut for each flexible die delivered. While other suppliers might provide carbon or paper samples typically cut on an adjustable test station, our carbon and paper samples are cut on a testing station made exclusively for the specified die height and is then locked in, matching the “zero position” setting for your cutting station. Coupled with consistent procedures, this will ensure the quickest and most accurate setup possible, while reducing flexible die loss that comes from crushing dies due to inconsistent die heights.

On-Site, Online & Field Training

We improve capacity and productivity by simplifying and shortening the flexible die setup process while also maximizing the life of the flexible dies. This is accomplished  through our comprehensive training and maintenance program. Followed properly, this customer-dedicated program ultimately leads to tremendous cost savings.  As your Preferred Flexible Die Supplier, BEST offers your company the opportunity to participate in this program to improve all aspects of your flexible die-cutting business. 

The same experienced technicians that install our BEST Magnetic Cylinders on-site are also available for field training throughout the year. Field training emphasizes proper die setup and maintenance techniques, while also troubleshooting any existing cutting problems.

Continued reinforcement of the training program and proper maintenance procedures can be very valuable in maintaining productivity and efficiency on your factory floor. Significant cost savings will be realized from less flexible die scrap, quicker setup times and other valuable improvements.

This program is reflective of our company’s ultimate goal: providing our clients with the highest quality of service.