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B-FLUTE
One of the wave shapes pressed into a corrugated board. B-flute has 47 flutes +/- over 3 feet of corrugated board or 155flutes over 10 meters of corrugated board. The approximate height of the flute is .097″ (.246 cm) not including the thickness of the facings. The take-up factor is 1.32. Also see FLUTE OR CORRUGATION.
BABY CLICKER
A small swing arm clicker die press with a rear mounted 13” Swing Arm and a 12″ x 25″cutting table. This type of cutting press is very popular in testing laboratories cutting out samples.”
BACK UP PLATE
A plate normally placed on the back of a die. Bad sector: Usually due to a minor physical flaw in the disk
BACKER PLATES
The metal back plate that is welded into or on to the back of a clicker die. Foam rubber is placed into the die for ejection purposes. Also used in new Autoplaten chases to bolt the die against.
BACKING
Refers to the carrier sheet of material in a pressure sensitive lamination as opposed to the face material. Usually has a release coating applied so that the adhesive will not stick too tightly to it, release liner, backing paper, carrier,etc.
BACKPLATE DIES
Dies who have a metal backplate welded to the back of the die. The backplate is used as a base against which the stripper material rests inside the die to allow efficient stripping of die cut material from the die.
BALANCING KNIVES
Also called leveling knives as used in steel rule dies to balance the load on a platen press.
BAND KNIFE CUTTING
A type of cutting performed with band knife. This type of cutting is normally associated with cutting fabric or foam materials.
BAUD
(1) The rate at which a communication line or modem can transmit data between computers and terminals etc. (2) The rate at which data is transmitted over telephone lines. One baud is 1 bit per second. For example@ a 1200-baud rate equals 150 Cps and a 2400-baud rate is equal to 300 Cps or approximately 240 characters per second.
BBS
Acronym for “Bulletin Board System”. This refers to a computer with a modem that is dedicated to other computerized telephone callers who can leave, read and retrieve electronic messages.
BEAM
A collection of rays, for example in a laser beam, which may be paralleling, divergent or convergent.
BEAM DIAMETER
The diameter of the portion of the laser beam that contains 86% of the total energy of the beam.
BEND
(1) Other than straight@ to any degree or angle@ fold@ break bend@ etc. (2) In diemaking@ a bend indicates and angle or curve in a dieblade to match the diecut design.
BENDING DIES
Small dies that insert into a bender to produce desired shapes. Normally refers to steel rule diemaking.
BENDING RULES
The process of curving the cutting rule in forming dies to the shape and dimensional desired.
BEVELS
In reference to cutting die blades@ the bevel or bevels of the cutting edge determine the how a blade penetrates the material being die cut. The bevel on a die blade is identified by the number of degrees on the bevel or as an inside bevel or outside bevel. Some steel rule blades have a double bevel for certain cutting applications.
BINARY
Pertaining to the number system with a radix of 2@ or to a characteristic or property involving a choice or condition in which there are two possibilities@ for example@ on or off@ 1 or 2 0 as in a binary digit.
BIT
A binary digit. A digit (1 or 0) in the representation of a number in binary notation. The smallest piece of data transmission recognized by a computer. Seven or eight bits equal byte@ which is roughly equal to one character.
BLANK
Any die cut@ scored@ and corner cut section of boxboard in the flat to be formed into a rigid box or part thereof. Also@ a folding carton after cutting and scoring but before folding and gluing.
BLANKET
(1) In offset-lithography, a rubber-surfaced fabric that is clamped around the cylinder and transfers the image from plate to paper. Polyurethane material against rotary rule cuts. The rule teeth penetrate thought the corrugated and into this blanket. (2) Polyurethane base material which is used as a cutting surface in a rotary diecutting press. The die edge cuts slightly into the cutting blanket to create a clean cut.
BLANKING DIE
This die type employs a form of steel rule, although it is used to convert metal. Normally, the die is made of two parts; the top (female) section of steel rule set into dense material, sometimes maple plywood; the bottom section (male) a hardened plate which mates with the inside line of the top section to form a shearing effect on the materials being cut. This die is also known as a shearing die, stamping die or metal blanking die. Also used on autoplaten presses with a blanking section to separate the finished carton from the die-cut scrap sheet.
BLISTER PACK
A type of packaging where a PVC or other clear packaging material is heated up and then vacuum formed over a mold and immediately diecut into whatever trim shape is required. The blister pack is then put over the product and adhered to a cardstock base.
BLOCK DIE
Series of blocks of wood that are cut on a table saw to exact sizes to conform to a pattern. The rule is inserted between these blocks and are geld firm within a metal frame with wedges or quoins.
BOARD
A heavy weight, thick sheet of paper or other fibber substance usually of a thickness of .006 inch or over. Short abbreviation a for printed circuit board.
BOW
A condition that sometimes occurs with dieboards when they bow or bend out of their original flat state into a curved state either from changes in humidity or stresses caused by knifing the die or adding many punches to the die.
BOX BLANK
Flat box pattern cut from a blank or sheet. Can be folded into a box.
BOXBOARD
Paperboard of sufficient caliper and test to be used in the manufacture for paperboard boxes.
BPS
An acronym for “bits Per Second”. A measure of the rate of a data transmission, the standard speeds of transmissions are 1200 BPS and 2400 BPS, with speeds up to 9600 BPS.
BRACELESS DIE
A braceless die normally refers to an open type all steel clicker die that does not have any internal bracing within the die to add support. These type if die is normally used in the leather good trades.
BRASS RULE
A rule used in the manufacturing of (RF) Radio Frequency Heat Seal Dies.
BRIDGE
Small areas left uncut in a jug or laser die for purpose of holding the die together.
BRIDGING
The placement of notches in steel rule blade so that the blade can fit into its relative place in a dieboard that leaves an equal bridge of dieboard along the knifed path. Bridging can be placed into a CAD program to provide with auto-bridging or manual bridging.
BROWN SOLID KRAFT
A solid brown heavy Kraft paper used as a spot sheet for steel rule dies and also as a carrier for thin materials to be diecut. Using Kraft paper as a carrier reduces the chances of the material being distorted as it is pulled or transported to the cutting press for diecutting.
BUFFER
The memory capacity of a plotter or samplemaker for the purpose of storing coordinate data from a CAD file.
BULLETIN BOARD
A computer system that allows users to post messages or programs for other users.
BYTE
An arrangement of eight bits. A byte of memory can store a value between 0 and 255. 1000 bytesis equivalent to 1 KILOBYTE; 1000 Kilobytes equals 1 MEGABYTE; 1000 Megabytes equals 1 GIGABYTE.

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