Vinyl Material Industry Applications – Freeman Schwabe Presses

Vinyl is the world’s most versatile plastic, and is converted in a variety of different industries using Freeman Schwabe die cutting presses.

Here we review Vinyl (polyvinyl chloride or PVC), which is used to make everything from food wrap to auto body parts.

What is Vinyl?

Vinyl is composed of two simple building blocks: chlorine, based on common salt, and ethylene, from crude oil.
The resulting compound, ethylene dichloride, is converted at very high temperatures to vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) gas. Through the chemical reaction known as polymerisation, VCM becomes a chemically stable powder, polyvinyl chloride resin.[Reference:]

Manufacturing Scrap

A significant amount of vinyl scrap (coming from polymer manufacturers and plastic processors) is collected and recycled. Overall, more than 99 percent of all manufactured vinyl compound ends up in a finished product, due to widespread post-industrial recycling.


Vinyl is often referred to as the “infrastructure plastic,” and with good reason. Approximately 70 percent of PVC is used in building and construction applications. Vinyl is used so widely in the construction industry because of its durability, easy installation and cost-effectiveness.[Vinyl Institute]


Vinyl plays a critical role in helping make modern modes of transportation safe, easy to maintain, cost effective and of high quality, while also reducing their impact on the environment.

Among the uses for vinyl in cars, planes, buses and trains are body side moldings, windshield system components, interior upholstery and flooring, under-the-hood electrical wiring, under-the-car abrasion coatings, floor mats; adhesives and sealants; other components such as dashboards, tray tables and arm rests.


Without doubt, the materials used in electrical applications like building and communications wire, fiber optic cabling and conduit must attain high standards of reliability and safety. Vinyl is the material used most frequently in wire and cable insulation and jacketing, as well as in rigid nonmetallic (NM) conduit and cable management systems.


For more than 50 years, vinyl’s performance and protectiveness have made it a critical material in such health care products and procedures as blood and intravenous bags, kidney dialysis and blood transfusions, cardiac catheters and endotracheal tubes. These products are regulated for safety by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Floor Covering

Vinyl composition tile (VCT) is a finished flooring material used primarily in commercial and institutional applications. Modern vinyl floor tiles and sheet flooring and versions of those products sold since the early 1980s are composed of colored  polyvinyl chloride(PVC) chips formed into solid sheets of varying thicknesses (1/8″ is most common) by heat and pressure. Floor tiles are cut into modular shapes such 12″ x 12″ squares or 12″ x 24″ rectangles. In installation the floor tiles or sheet flooring are applied to a smooth, leveled sub-floor using a specially formulated vinyl adhesive or tile mastic that remains pliable.[]

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is an industry term, not a standard, for vinyl that realistically mimics the appearance of natural materials with an added layer to improve wear and performance. The extra layer of protection is usually a heavy film covered with a UV-cured urethane that makes it scuff, stain and scratch resistant. Sometimes the term “luxury vinyl tile” is reserved for products that mimic stone and ceramic, whereas the term “luxury vinyl plank” is used for products that mimic wood.

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Roller Press – Heavy Duty / High Productivity – Freeman SCHWABE

Precision Cutting of Half & Full Hide Leather and Multi-Layers of Fabric

Roller Press – Heavy Duty / High Productivity

Die Cutting Half & Full Hide Leather and Fabric

Benefits – Roller Cutting Machine Press

  • Separately synchronized drives for steel rollers – no mechanical wear parts
  • Soft drive start and stop by frequency controlled drives for less abrasion of control elements
  • Different heights of cutting dies possible for each preparation table by height adjustment via servo drive – by using Multiturn-encoder the reference point drive is not necessary
  • Automatic monitoring of sandwich height by photo sensors
  • Siemens S7 PLC with touch panel and clear text error indication
  • Control cabinet is equipped with plugable elements, this ensures quick assembly and disassembly
  • Considerable adjustment and diagnostic possibilities by using MultiPanel MP 27
Roller Press – Heavy Duty / High Productivity
Precision Cutting of Half & Full Hide Leather 
and Multi-Layers of Fabric
Freeman Schwabe

This machine type is operated according to a „sandwich“ system and is ideal for cutting leather hides and multi layers of fabric. 

A “sandwich” consisting of one lower plastic board, the leather hide, the cutting dies and one upper plastic board is transported through two synchronized steel rollers. Thereby the leather hide is cut continuously. 

Each steel roller is driven via one frequency-regulated gear motor. The passage between the steel rollers is adjustable by a motor in steps of 0,1 mm.

Different “sandwich” heights can be chosen individually for each preparation table, The “sandwich” height of each preparation table is controlled via photo sensor on in- and outfeed side – this minimizes the wear of cutting dies and cutting boards.

The machine can be extended up to 10 preparation tables. Working with several preparation tables avoids downtimes. 

By a Siemens S7 control, installed in a separate switch board and the intelligent software, the process run is optimal controlled and cycle time can be reduced up to 66 %. Programming and diagnostic at site can be done by an operation friendly and password-protected touch screen. 

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Automotive “Noise, Vibration, Harshness”

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Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH)

Die Cutting Foam Applications for NVH

Different foam products are available to minimize NVH in vehicles e.g.

  • Polyether foams offer ideal cushioning and sound dampening capabilities
  • Polyester foams are compatible with fire-retardants and are more chemical resistant
  • Polyurethane foam is widely used in high resiliency flexible foam, and rigid foam insulation panels
NVH Automotive Foam Fabricator & Converter (Kewells)

Typical NVH solutions

There are three principal means of improving NVH

  1. reducing the source strength, as in making a noise source quieter with a muffler, or improving the balance of a rotating mechanism
  2. interrupting the noise or vibration path, with barriers (for noise) or isolators (for vibration)
  3. absorption of the noise or vibration energy, as for example with foam noise absorbers, or tuned vibration dampers.
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Automotive Interior Soft Trim – Die Cut and 3D Molded Parts

Leading Automotive Interior Trim and Seating manufacturing companies continue to use SCHWABE USA Die Vacuum Cutting Systems for high volume parts production.

High Volume Manufacturing of Auto Interior Trim and Seat Cover Components NOW 30% FASTERSchwabe USA Model Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press With Single Sided Die Vacuum System Model SR 675–trim.html–trim.html

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Freeman Schwabe offers a range of Heated Platen Cutting Presses

  • Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press with Heated Platen – from 35 tons to 500 tons
  • Up-Stroking Hydraulic Cutting Press with Heated Platen DG 35ton, DG 50tons and DG-HD 75tons
  • Full Head Hydraulic Cutting Press with Heated Platen  
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USED SCHWABE Press SR 115 tons $95,000

For Sale $95,000 “as is where is” 

Loaded on to Buyer’s Truck

Used SCHWABE Cutting Press 

Serial Number #43207

Located in El Paso, TX.

Fully refurbished in 2012

SR115 – 115 tons of cutting pressure

  • 34”D x 64”W
  • 10” daylight/8” cutting stroke
  • AB  Controls
  • Infeed/outfeed nip rollers cutting on a pad.
  • 4” opening of nip rollers and 5’ of layup and picking area beyond the guard
  • Roll away picking conveyor
  • Oscillating cutting pad



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Cutting Luxury Vinyl Tiles on Belt with Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press – SCHWABE USA Model SR270

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Unwind Feed System Cutting Luxury Vinyl Tiles on Belt

Cutting Luxury Vinyl Tiles on Belt with Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press


Type – Continuous nylon cutting belt, traveling through press, utilized as a material carrier and cutting surface, driven by a drum roller.

Servo drive to be used to power the driven roller, for accurate placement of the belt during each material index

Unwind System Shaftless unwind with bolt on chuck adaptersIncludes 2 HP AC Vector motor with 29:32:1 ratio 90 degree gearbox

Deep well boring, rotary union and single point air switchingConvertech air lug chucks for 4” ID coresIdler chuck for 4” ID cores

Mounted 8” dia. Idler roller x 87” face, aluminum, no coatingsEdge guide mechanicalsFollowing idler roller mechanism for edge guide

Fife edge guide systemAbove floor roll cart dolly and 20 feet of guide bar.

Material will be placed on cart and manually pushed in position so that unwind will be capable of picking the roll directly from the cart.

Diameter of roll must be above 19” in diameter.


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Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press – SCHWABE USA Model SR270 Manual Side Die Loading with Pneumatic Clamps

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Manual Side Die Loading with Pneumatic Clamps

Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press – SCHWABE USA Model SR270

Manual Side Die Loading with Pneumatic Clamps

Die TableFor placing the die for storage and moving to and from the die press

Powered Hand Truck – For transporting the die table Die FlipperFor inspecting, maintaining and repairing the die

Cutting Die 13 Up – 152.4 x 1.219,2mm, 6” x 48”- With 28 double bevel knives 609,6mm, 24”- With 26 double bevel knives 152,4mm, 6”Two (2) Edge Knives – 50mm cutting lengthComplete with fixing blocks and screws+2 spare knives2

2 Point Down Holders One (1) Die Fast-Change ArrangementThree (3) special fixing bars with distance blocksFour (4) hanging on rings, four (4) ball roller blocksFour (4) double-ball-bearing blocks


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SCHWABE USA Model SR270 Cutting Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT)

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Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press

SCHWABE USA Model SR270 Cutting Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT).

Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press – SCHWABE USA Model SR270 Cutting Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT).

General Specifications

Country of Manufacture – USA

Press Driving Mechanism – Hydraulics

Cutting Force – 270 U.S. Tons

Head & Bed Size – Platen size is 92.25” x 75.625”

Cutting Stroke – 8” adjustable

Daylight Opening – 12” from head to bed, not including cutting surface

Stroke Control – Linear transducer, capable of infinitely adjusting the stroke in 0.001” increments

Cutting Surface – Nylon Cutting Belt

Die Mounting – Fixed position pneumatic die rails in head of press

Quick Change Side Die Loading – Dies to be manually loaded/unloaded from single side of the press.

Stationary rails, to be anchored to the floor (customer responsible), will allow the die to roll underneath the moving platen (manually) before pneumatically being lifted into place for operation

Die will need to be placed onto the rails via crane or fork lift (customer supplied)Includes appropriate guarding on the side of the press to ensure the press cannot be operated while the die is being loaded.



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Cutting Press LVT and LVP Vinyl Flooring

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Die Cutter – Luxury Vinyl Planks and Tiles

SCHWABE USA Straight Ram Hydraulic Beam Press

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Material Handling

  • Auto Pallet loader and unloader
  • Automatic Side Loading Die 75% faster than existing process
  • Recycle / Scrap conveyor

Innovative Handling Equipment

  • Die Transfer Cart
  • Die Maintenance Station

New Allen Bradley Controls

  • Improved HMI Interface

Freestanding Hydraulic Powered Unit


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