Types Of Setting Dies We Carry At Siska

  • January 18, 2023

Siska Inc. is a leading manufacturer of setting dies and produces top quality setting tools for your consideration. Setting dies are custom sized to a particular brand of machine. They are also custom made to the exact eyelet or grommet size that you are using. We carry a wide variety of setting dies for the most popular sizes and machine types.  We also make custom dies to fit your machine and eyelet/grommet size. Custom tooling can be produced in just a few days.  We pride ourselves on quick turnaround on custom orders.  We have different types of setting dies that serve different functions and purposes. In this post, we will go through the different types of setting dies Siska carries, as well as their functions.

Locating Point

Locating point dies are used for materials that have already been pre-punched. The locating point die can be used for either grommets or eyelets and can accommodate a washer if one is used in your application. The die can be made with a roll set ( the barrel rolls on the backside which looks like a donut on the backside). The roll set is commonly used with a washer or without a washer on material that is rigid like plastic, hard leather or metal.  The dies can also be made with a scored set ( the barrel spits into 8 segments like the petals of a flower and digs back into the material. This type of setting usually does not use a washer and is used on garments, belts, and soft leather.

If a washer is used, you can put the washer on the bottom die first. In the case that your washer has a bevel, put it on the bottom die with the  bevel facing  upwards. You can imagine this to be similar to a saucer for a tea cup. Then, at the blunt point of the die, you can place your material over it. On the bottom die pilot, you can place your grommet or eyelet barrel side down. To complete the setting, cycle the machine.

Pierce Point

The pierce point of the die is usually for piercing through woven materials. It has a long tapered  sharp point, and it can be used with a washer. In loosely woven fabrics, a washer would be necessary for additional holding strength. To use a pierce point, the washer would first be placed over the bottom die and the operator will hold the material firmly between the thumbs and the material is forced down over the point of the die. This results in the separation of the fabric instead of a hole and provides for a superior setting.  The pierce point setting die offers the strongest setting for fabrics that are loosely woven.

Bodkin Point

The bodkin point is used to cut through material. The bodkin point is also commonly known as the spear point. It consists of three sharp cutting edges. Similarly to the pierce point and locating point, it can score or roll set. It is used for materials like woven fabric, soft plastic and even materials that are rubber-like. The bodkin point requires the operator to force the material down over the point.

If a washer is being used, you can put the washer on the bottom die first. In the case that your washer has a slight bevel, put it in a way that the bevel is facing upwards. Then, you should hold your material between your thumbs and firmly push the material over the sharp part of the bottom die pilot. The sharp point of the bottom die pilot should be sticking through the material. Then place the eyelet or grommet barrel size down, flange side up. Cycle the machine to complete the setting.

Cut and Set

Cut and set essentially cuts the hole in the material. The cut and set is used in Hand Feed or Double Revolution Machine applications. In this application, the first revolution cuts the material, and the second revolution sets either the grommet or eyelet. The cut and set is best suited for stiffer and sturdier materials, such as canvas, lightweight cardboard, plastic, stiff fabrics  and more.

If a washer is used, the washer should be placed on the bottom die first. If the washer has a bevel, ensure that it is facing upwards. Work should be placed over the bottom die. Then, cycle the machine and a hole will be cut in the material and it will be forced down on top of the pilot of the bottom die. Then place the eyelet or grommet barrel size down, flange side up. To complete the setting, cycle the machine again.

Get Your Setting Die from Siska Inc.

If you are looking for a setting die, look no further than Siska Inc. We carry top quality setting dies for you to choose from that will be sure to bring you satisfaction and give your work a professional looking setting. We have been fabricating setting tools for over 80 years and have seen very possible application out there.  Our friendly staff are here to help you as well should you need any. Contact us today to find out more about our setting dies!

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