Product Description

CCSi designs and manufactures high quality specimen cutting dies completely inhouse at our facility in Akron, OH. Our complete vertical integration allows CCSi to provide exceptional quality dies at competitive prices.

Our process starts with high, quality American made tool steel. We then grind, machine, harden, wire EDM, sharpen, and dimensionally certify the dies. The wire EDM manufacturing process creates perfectly vertical interior walls. This allows the die to be sharpened repeatedly without altering the dimensional characteristics of the sample and provides excellent long term value.

All CCSi dies come with the serial and model number laser engraved for easy identification. Also included is a rugged, foam lined carrying case for protection while the die is not in use.

Our standard dies have no adapters and are intended for use in a “clicker” style press.

CCSi manufactures these high quality Specimen Cutting Dies for the determination of the resistance to abrasion of vulcanized rubber and other materials, most commonly used for the soles, heels, uppers, and other components of footwear where exposure to abrasion is a concern, as described in ASTM D1630 ‘Standard Test Method for Rubber Property — Abrasion Resistance (Footwear Abrader)’.

The specified test specimen is 25 mm x 25 mm x 6 mm.

The subject material is tested under specific conditions. A reference material is tested under identical conditions, and a relative resistance to abrasion of the subject material (abrasive index) is calculated.

This necessitates accurately prepared specimens, from both the reference material and the subject material. Ideally, the specimens would be prepared using an CCSi specimen mold designed for this purpose. However, the test pieces, from which the specimens are die cut, may also be obtained from articles. This may also require that the test piece be buffed or ground to the specified thickness, prior to die cutting.

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