For ripping on the corners, you first need to figure out if it's a cold tear or a hot tear. If the material feels jagged then it's a cold one and you need to increase your preheat, if it's a hot tear (which I doubt) then you'd need to lower the temperature.
The next thing you can look at is where the tear is happening. Is it on interior doors, inside the press, or only on the outside. If it's on the interior, then you may be able to move the parts just slightly away from each other to give it more vinyl to stretch but if it's on an exterior side and there is room for a dummy jig to place on the bed that will help keep the material from sliding/pulling too much towards the edge of the press.
1. place doors and tray on table.
2. Temp Run is 200-230 degrees.
3. Temp preheat = 150 seconds (their machine reads seconds)
4. press for = 120 seconds
5. cool down time = 150 seconds.
Re: Vacuump press, vacuclamp, vacuumclamp, press settings
Wrinkles on components can be improved or fixed completely by a series of trouble shooting steps.
If your part has a shadow were a wrinkle was but has been pulled out then it means that a wrinkle has formed and was stretched out during the press cycle. There may be different steps to solve this but this article will primarily focus on wrinkles that remain after pressing.
Typically wrinkles are caused by the material becoming too soft and "gaining" inside the press. When film is calendered it is pulled through the machines. This means that when you reheat the material it will grow length wise and shrink a bit width wise. So there is some movement to the film as its getting reintroduced to heat. And typically wrinkles are caused by excessive exposure to heat via high temp or preheat so if you adjust settings it should be a reduction of heat in some manner.
The first thing to always try is to put a dummy part on the size of the part. Items such as large doors or table tops are prone to wrinkles as the vinyl slides across the table then wrinkles up on the part. By putting a dummy part beside the large component it will capture excessive vinyl and stop it from sliding onto your large component. You can play with the distance and height of the dummy part but in general this should solve most problems with wrinkles.
If your component is too large to put a dummy part or if a dummy part didn't solve the issue you can finally go to settings. The vast majority of issues can be solved by reducing the heat by a few degrees. Normally you will notice that wrinkles will occur later in the shift and only on large parts. This is due to excessive heat build up. By lowering the temp you should solve the issue but if you are not getting the definition needed you may need to then increase the preheat. Longer preheat slowly soaks the vinyl so that it will still stretch but not so soft that it expands in the press and causes excessive growth of material.
Above we have discussed not only the settings but also the characteristics of WHY wrinkles are occurring... We've discussed the nature of expansion length wise and contraction width wise showing movement as well as the growth (increase) in material that is now trapped between the gaskets. I hope that the above has solved your problems however if it has not you can contact us for more assistance.
When membrane pressing or vacuum forming components using 3D Laminates dog ears are a symptom that can sometimes occur. This post is to address or assist that that issue.
Dog-ears are the bunching of the laminate on the corner which is also called webbing. This occurs when the material appears to be a wrinkle on the side of the component/door.
Solutions to repair doors:
1. Minor wrinkles such as 1/8", can be pushed out with a piece of wood and possibly colored. This is a rare fix on already pressed doors
2. Trim out. You can trim out the door with more vinyl then take a heat gun softening the vinyl and then use the extra trim out to tug the vinyl before trimming.
Solutions to prevent:
1. Experiment with a jig that is closer or further so as to capture the vinyl and pull away from the components. If your jig is small you may want to make it tall like a dummy part or wider so that it commands more vinyl and pulls it away.
2. Solution two is if using pedestals to leave more of a gap so as to create a under pressure and it pulls down and slightly inward the vinyl.
3. Experiment with pre-heat and heat. If material is over stretching you could have over pull as material could be too soft. Or it may be that the material is not soft enough and has not fully pulled away from the component and been commanded by the jig to the outside.
If you have read the above and have any questions, please contact us to clarify.
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What is the minimum quantity to color match?
How long does color matching take?
Melamine board matches & Leathers: 600 yards
HPL, High Gloss & Pantone Matches: 1200 yards
Wrap deck: 300 yard minimum on items in this deck
First call us at (407) 654-5013 to confirm we are able to effectively make your match based upon color or lead time needed. Our specialized account executives will work closely with you on the details for your project.
Mail us a letter sized sample of the design target and we will lead the matching process from there! Once lab samples are produced we will send them to you for review. Typically, the matching lead time is 4 to 6 weeks. We require a deposit of $500 which is fully refunded upon order.
PRODUCTION: Once we receive approval for the sample it will take us 10 to 12 weeks to produce and have available from Orlando, FL, USA
RUSH: The other option would be to rush production / air one or more rolls at a cost of approximately $6 per linear yard. This will shorten the lead time to 4 to 6 weeks.
In most cases, we will produce a greater amount than the minimum order quantity. This allows us to grow our inventory while ensuring the color you need is always available.
Many people think of sales calls in the Decorative Surfacing industry as something of pressure or of convincing people to buy product however that is a very short sighted way to think of Sales Calls.
In the Consultative Sales Call approach a person calls their clients in the following manner:
1. QUALIFY: Are you speaking with the right person? Simply asking the reception or the contact you have on file who the correct person is to speak with. People are eager to help to make sure that you get to the right person. In doing this it shows an eagerness to clean up your database, make sure they have adequate samples and know that you are a call away should they need anything. This is the first step to establishing a relationship with that company. In addition, when speaking with the correct person you are able to learn more deeply if they just handle purchasing or if they specify colors for their company or their clients. Simply ask during the conversation to get a better understanding if that person is truly the decision maker or if you are able to assist each other.
2. LEARN: In selling any product or service, knowledge is very important. Companies do provide training however learning never stops. When you call a company ask questions that enable you to get to know their company. This is a key step in understanding their needs and simultaneously learning about their abilities, types of machinery , etc. If much of your day is spent speaking with clients about their businesses the learning is multiplied and you become more and more knowledgeable.
3. DIG DEEPER : In learning about your client's business you will be listening and taking notes by pen or by typing in quietly into your Salesforce or other CRM. By asking "What ifs" you get to know more depth of what they are saying. For example, "What if we stocked that would a different texture, would that solve your problem?" That doesn't mean that you will however it will give you a better understanding. Often the client will say "No , they really are expecting the product to perform more than this type of product can". This type of response will enable both you AND the person you are speaking with to better understand the depth of the issue. Another key is to repeat their comment in another way "So what you're saying is .... ". The client may then confirm what you are saying and then you know you are in completely understanding.
4. SAMPLING: As you are talking to your client you will see opportunities to sample and the samples are something that will be shown to their clients. This is a key point in servicing their needs and providing value. For a company to accept a production sample and then utilize it is a key to showing the actual product in action.
5. FOLLOW UP: Follow up of quotes, samples and maintaining an ongoing relationship is key to building sales. By following up with your clients sales growth is guaranteed.
6. ACTIVITY: For a person to be successful in the material business they need to be active and constantly making calls or visits. Administration is something that people need to streamline or squeeze in however most successful sales people do admin after hours when their clients are not available. Notice from the steps above that you are always growing, making connections, sampling and following up again and again.
CONCLUSION: Imagine a snowball rolling down a mountain and all the snow is knowledge, clients, good-will, experience, and good habits. Such a snowball will thrive and become large and full of snow. On the other hand, imagine a snowball moving down a mountain and knowledge not sticking to it because of a lack of questions and lack of digging deeper or follow up..... will the snow ball pick up clients, good will and a lot of experience? Absolutely not. Good habits not only better serve clients but they are undeniable. If you learn to have good fundamentals your success is guaranteed.
This article is to explain the Dackor color matching policies on how we develop prints and colors. As most people know, we offer 600 yard minimums on board matches that are in distribution as well as leathers however we require 1200 yard minimums at the time of this post for non board matches, pantone solid colors and most other items. We typically produce 2,000 yards our first production and then stock the remaining quantity thereafter. When we work with board producers we often stock with very little to zero requirement from our membrane pressing customers.
How do you match woodgrain designs?: There are two ways we match woodgrain designs, the first is via proprietary prints that we develop or that the paper company develop. The vast majority of Dackor woodgrains are items developed by paper companies such as Schattdecor, as an example. The second type of woodgrain is one in which we own the cylinder for that is similar enough the target match and have had for many years. We can determine within 48 hours if we have a print cylinder close enough or we need to seek the original design from the paper company.
What would constitute a cylinder being close enough to match? For prints such as oaks, maples, cherries as well as linear woodgrain prints we have an extremely large availability to choose from. It is very common that if the design is not unique that we already have a cylinder close enough to match. Sometimes we can even remove one of the cylinders from a three cylinder set to make it work or add a new cylinder to combine with the series.
Are there woodgrains you will not match? Yes. There are woodgrains we will not match. For example, if your woodgrain target has very specific sap marks or knots that are proprietary to the design we would need to reach out to the original paper producer to see if the PVC rights were available. If the rights are not available we then direct our clients to the competitor.
Are woodgrains patentable? In most of the world, woodgrains designs are protectable however this has been extremely difficult in the US. We encourage our customers to purchase only original designs from us or our competitors however we recognize that alternative cylinders that give a close match in a Hard Rock Maple or basic Oak design, are completely acceptable.
Why are edgebanding companies able to match all? The reason edgebanding producers are able to match most items is because so little of the print is revealed.
How do you analyze if a print cylinder is close enough? We can look at a design and determine if the 3 cylinder set will work or can be complimented with an emboss that will help that color match. Through experience we know quickly if we are able to make a match for a project or specific client who is looking for better stock, more scratch resistance or whatever the reason. However, typically, we have a budget available to purchase rights and develop tooling with the original design, especially if the match is being done in cooperation with the board producer.
Do you do custom embosses? Yes , we will do custom embosses to match the board company's emboss but in a PVC emboss using emboss cylinders, not press plates.
I'm a board company, why should I partner with Dackor? Dackor has one of the largest inventories in the world of 3D forming laminate. Over 95% of our sales are done through warehouse and shipped within 3 days of the Purchase Order. In addition, we sample aggressively, market the designs to the market place and we do not sell paper which competes with the board companies.
I hope that the above was helpful and informative, please inquire with Dackor at 407-654-5013 for further questions.
We all want to grow business and sales management is one of the difficult tasks we all face. How do you communicate to your sales team how to reach their goals?
Although there are many aspects to success in sales , one of the most important is in organized activity. Many sales people spend a lot of time preparing, on their computers or in meetings yet fail to make enough touches with customers. I'd like to propose you administrate a point system.
If we are talking about outside sales, imagine that you have a point system such as:
1 visit=10 points
1 successful call= 1 point
1 email= 0.25 points
The above point system means that just to maintain a basic, average day a person would need 30 points. To be above average they'd need 40 points, to be a sales winner they'd need 50 points and to be a sales whale they'd need 60 points per day. Below are some examples of successful sales days:
Monday: paperwork, planning week, 10 calls, 8 emails: 12 points
Tuesday: 4 visits, 24 emails, 10 calls= 56 points
Wednesday: in office: 50 calls, 96 form emails, 12 personalized emails =78
Thursday: at tradeshow: 4 visits, 24 emails, 10 calls= 56 points
Friday: 3 visits, 12 emails, 10 calls = 45 points
As you see from the above example, the person averages 49 points which makes them just shy of being a sales winner. Does this mean that the person cannot create success? No... But what it means is that they are active and digging for sales.
As sales professionals our goal is to combine quality with quantity the best we can. If you are only averaging 20 points to 30 points a week what are your changes to become a sales winner? However if you are averaging 60 points a week and working nights to organize your next day and weekends to catch up on emails imagine how much further ahead you can get. This doesn't mean that you must work so many hours but it does mean that if you go home at the end of the day and you look at a call volume of 10 calls and 12 email that you simply are not creating overwhelming action that will create success.
I hope that this post helps to motivate you and keep in mind that the points aren't exact, they are just representative of a bigger point.
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