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Read through the Apple Steel Die Rule blog below to catch up on the latest news about die cutting, rule dies, and our business in Milwaukee. We want to share our updates and other exciting info with you! Be sure to check back here for more updates.

2020 Largest Women-Owned Business

October 6th, 2020
For the fourth year running, Apple Die has been named one of the largest Wisconsin-based women-owned businesses of the last fiscal year by the Milwaukee Business Journal. Based on revenue, Apple has been ranked #31 out of #66, up from #35 last year.
Barb Wambold, who began working at Apple as an Office Clerk in 2001, worked her way up to become CEO and President in 2013. Over the years, Wambold has purchased three separate companies merging them into Apple Central, and has added a variety of products to the company’s ever-growing line-up including flex dies, rotary dies, magnetic cylinders and more.
Today, Apple offers one of the fastest turnarounds of any die-making company in the U.S. with 98.7% of orders shipping same day or next. With more than two centuries of combined craftsman experience, Apple is an industry-leader in steel-rule dies, medical dies, flexible circuits, gaskets, laser cutting, packaging, rotary dies and more.
View the full list here: https://bit.ly/3d7Mw0u.
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Apple Bites: Gasket Dies

August 14th, 2020

Q: Why gasket dies from Apple?

A: Apple is the largest manufacturer of gasket dies in North America, as such, we have decades of experience in crafting gasket dies. We utilize a vast database of materials to ensure that our dies are made to maximize both your output and to live up to the highest quality standard.

There is no need for you to labor over specifications. Let our 35 years of experience be your guide. Just a few of the added features we provide:

  • We can produce gasket dies with welded and/or brazed joints.
  • Rule heights from .937 to 4” with a wide variety of die bases.
  • When steel rule dies will not or cannot achieve your needs, we manufacture machined dies.
  • We have a state of the art inspection process to ensure that all dies meet or exceed our highest standards.
  • With almost all of our dies shipping the same day or next day, you will receive your dies on time, every time.

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COVID-19 Update

August 14th, 2020

This is a difficult time for all of us as our world has changed, what seems like overnight.

We want to remind you Apple Die is here if you need us.

Apple is considered an essential business because we are making dies used to cut everything from masks and shields to hospital gowns and respirators, in addition to our normal business operations.

We want to take this time to give our first responders, nurses and doctors on the front line our deepest and sincerest gratitude. They are the real heroes.

Apple takes the health and safety of not only our team members but also our customers extremely seriously. We have increased cleaning and sanitation, and have implemented social distancing in the shop.

Contact us for any new project you have. We are still running full staff and 98.7% of all orders ship the same day or next.

We’ll get through this together!

 

35 Years in Business!

July 16th, 2020

July 2020 marks our 35th year in business and we want to thank YOU, our loyal customers, many of whom have turned into friends. We would not be where we are today without you.

Jim Ippolite, current COO, started Apple Die 35 years ago with a jigsaw and a hand bender. Since then, Jim has grown the company from a startup to one of the largest specialty steel rule die manufacturers in the U.S., with multiple locations and the industry’s most diversified steel rule dies (12 mm up to 6 pt high rule dies). In 2013, Barb Wambold, who started as an office clerk in 2001 and worked her way up, bought Apple Die and expanded the company even further. She opened a new location in South Africa, bought three different companies merging them into Apple Central, and added flex dies, rotary dies, magnetic cylinders and more to the company’s ever-growing product line-up. Under Barb, Apple Die has also been named a top 50 largest woman-owned business based on revenue in WI by the Milwaukee Business Journal for the last three consecutive years.

Today, Apple Die maintains one of the fastest turnaround of any die company in the U.S. with 98.7% of orders shipped the same day or next and holds some of the most competitive pricing in the industry. With more than two centuries of combined craftsman experience in the manufacturing of close tolerance dies, Apple excels at medical dies, flexible circuits, displays, folders, gaskets, heat sealing, labels, decals, nameplates, overlays, membrane switches, packaging, vacuum forming and more. Cheers to another 35 years!

Apple Bites: Flex Dies

July 14th, 2020

Q: What are flexible dies?

A: Flex dies are thin metal cutting dies with a raised, sharpened cutting blade. This is achieved by etching away the metal from the plate but not the image. Apple Die can then sharpen the image to the desired height and angle depending on the substrate being converted.

Q: What are the advantages?

A: The biggest advantage is a flex die does not have any joints and has a tight tolerance +/- .002″. The maximum blade height is .059″ so ideally the material being cut should be less than .035″. Flex dies can be used in a flatbed or rotary press. If running a flatbed flex die, Apple can produce different bases like magnetic, steel, or wood to mount the flex die in order to bring the cutting height up to standard .937″. If running on a rotary press we distort the images depending on the repeat of the magnetic cylinder.

Q: So what type of flexible die should you be using on your next project?

A: Ideally flex dies are suited for very tight tolerance jobs, intricate jobs with tight bends, thinner material, kiss cutting, and multiple up cavities. If your project cannot be made with a standard steel rule die, ask us about a flex die. We can also offer different heights on the same plate, add nicks, security cuts and perforation, in addition to laser hardening and special non-stick coating.

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ServiForm EcoGiant – The New Standard

October 24th, 2019

Here at Apple Steel Rule Die, we invest in the highest quality technology available.

Thanks to the ServiForm EcoGiant, Apple Steel Rule Die is faster and more accurate than the competition!

This perfect bending system gives you the flexibility, reliability, and high-quality manufacturing you won’t find anywhere else!

 

Contact: Central@AppleDie.com to start your order today!

Apple Scan Capabilities!

April 29th, 2019

Apple Die is pleased to announce that all THREE of our locations now have Apple Scan capabilities!
This means that all of our facilities can now do both color-coded as well as dimensional tolerance reports and reverse engineer any non-dimensional part.
See our website for more details: www.appledie.com or call us at 414-353-2444.

Questions about your quote/order: Jim Ippolite – Phone: 414-353-2444 {ext. 135}
Contact for design: Jeff Berger – Phone: 414-353-2444 {ext. 131}
Contact for order entry/shipping: Chong Lor – Phone: 414-353-2444 {ext. 137}

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE: www.appledie.com

All Dies will have a tolerance of at least ±.005. Under no circumstance can Apple or will Apple guarantee a finished part tolerance.

Apple Die Named to Top 50 Woman-Owned Businesses in Wisconsin

October 11th, 2017

 

Top 50 Woman-Owned Wisconsin Businesses

Apple Die is proud to be named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Largest Wisconsin-based women-owned businesses. The list features Wisconsin-based companies that are 51 percent or greater women owned with $1 million or more in revenue reported for the latest fiscal year.

Apple Die is one of the largest Dieshops in the country and we are growing in all of our facilities.
Our quality is the best in the industry and our prices are always competitive.

Just How Do They Do That? – Unlocking the Mystery of the Steel Rule Die

August 28th, 2017

Did you ever wonder how manufacturers make products in uniform sizes and shapes? Often the mystery behind this feat can be directly attributed to a steel rule die (also known as a cookie cutter die). Cardboard boxes and other packaging products are often manufactured through this process to ensure that they are created in exact sizes and shapes. It can also be used to create creases for folds as well as perforated lines and slits.

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The die creation process

The steel rule die process is used to cut sheet materials into various shapes and sizes. It is often used for paper, cardboard or even rubber materials. The die itself is designed using a flat base of some sort of wood or metal product. The most common base material is a plywood constructed out of maple, however steel or aluminum bases are also common for specialized uses.

When creating the actual metal die, the die maker utilizes the help of a specialized band saw or laser cutting apparatus to create very accurately positioning slits in the base material. The steel rule is similar to a razor blade made out of specially hardened steel. The steel is bent into specific positions and sizes and inserted the slits that have been cut into the substrate. After the steel “blade” is inserted, the die maker creates an ejection rubber pad which is adhered to the die base. This material helps to eject the materials from the die after the cut is made.

How the die is used

Once the die is created, it is ready for use. The material to be cut is carefully positioned below the die press. Once the press is activated, the cutting edges of the die come into contact with the material to be cut and penetrate through. When the press is reversed, the cut material is exposed.  If the cut material needs perforations, a secondary die will be used to finish the process.

Apple Steel Rule Die Co. ha been making quality dies for over three decades. Contact us for your die making needs. We can help you design a precision die for your specific requirements.

Steel Rule Die

Over three centuries of excellent die-making craftsmanship.

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Laser Cutting

Apple Die specializes in wood, metal, and plastic laser cutting.

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Flexible Die

Less expensive option to Rotary dies with extremely tight tolerances.

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Rotary Die

The proper tooling for long run cutting precision.

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Contact Information

Apple Die Corporate Headquarters

800-227-3437

414-353-8856

7817 W. Clinton Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53223

central@appledie.com

Apple Die East

800-227-3437

413-732-6935

88 Industry Ave. Ste. C
Springfield, MA 01104

East@appledie.com

Apple Die South

800-227-3437

727-527-0991

3880 69th Avenue N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

south@appledie.com