Hook and Loop Converting Services
We offer a wide selection of hook and loop products, but sometimes your hook and loop needs are unique, requiring a custom fabrication and design. Find the solutions you need for fabrication and customization of hook and loop. Our DuraGrip® and VELCRO® Brand and metal hook and loop products can be converted and customized in multiple ways. When it comes to the the design and manufacturing of hook and loop for unique product applications, sewing, cutting, welding, logo imprinting and other forms of converting are our specialty. No matter if you require a certain shape, size, color or specialty conversion, we can help develop the exact custom hook and loop product for your purpose.
Free Strip Cutting
At HookandLoop.com, we offer our hook and loop strip cutting services with a straight cut free of charge to our customers. We can run widths from 3/8" to 4" through our strip cutter (please note: there is a variance on all cut orders of 1/16" +/-) so the rolls can come in slightly over or slightly under piece count. We do not charge you to cut your hook or loop to any length over one inch. Rolls cut under 1" are $5.00 per roll additional. We can cut each roll separately or cut and mate the rolls to any length you need.
Hook and loop strip cutting is simply the process of cutting material to a specified length. At HookandLoop.com, that means cutting certain rolls of hook and loop to a certain length, repeatedly. If you have a need for 10,000 1” x 6” pieces of Peel & Stick Hook, we’ll cut that for you for free. If you need 500 3/4” x 2” pieces of Sew-On Loop, we’ll cut that for you for free. We use fabric strip cutting machines that require the input of length and quantity. The machine then feeds the material through, using gears to calculate length, and then cuts the material with a scissor-like blade. The VELCRO® Brand and DuraGrip® strip cutting process cuts the rolls to a straight cut. This is our Free Service.
We use two straight cutting machines, meaning they cut straight across the material, creating a squared off tip. These are mostly used for cutting Peel & Stick hook or loop for a wide variety of customer uses, from hospitals and doctors’ offices using them to adhere biohazard signs, to cleaning services using them to adhere bathroom mats and air fresheners.
We also use our fabric strip cutting machines to cut and mate the hook and loop material together, further reducing customer labor costs. Our straight strip cutter machines also cut the loop portions of our hook and loop straps that we manufacture. These pieces are straight cut so we can weld the loop portion to the hook portion. For strap manufacturing, these straight cutting machines work in conjunction with our tip cutting machine. The tip cutting machine uses a die to cut a round tip (a half circle) or a bullet nose tip (a rounded triangular cut) on one end. These tip shapes are generally used to improve function and design.
Hook and Loop Straps
HookandLoop.com’s custom hook and loop straps are as diverse in color as they are in use. Our hook and loop straps are available in 8 widths and 25 colors, giving you a nearly unlimited combination of sizes and color combinations. We’ve manufactured custom hook and loop straps as small as two inches and as long as three hundred inches. Anything you can think of, we can make. There are four basic hook and loop strap styles, the back strap, the face strap, the two way face strap, and the cinch strap. The difference between the straps is how the hook and the loop are welded together and how the strap is used.
The back strap is just like a cuff. The hook and the loop are welded together with the hook facing up and the loop facing down. This allows the hook to wrap around and fasten to the loop. This strap is used for bundling and holding rolls of material such as carpet from unraveling.
The face strap and two way face strap are made with both the hook and the loop facing up while being welded. The difference between a face strap and a two way face strap is that the two way face strap has an additional length of hook welded to the other end of the length of loop. This is to allow the bundling of two separate groups of cords or wires, while simultaneously keeping them grouped together. It can also be used to strap cables to piping.
The cinch strap, our most popular strap, is made by welding the end of the loop around a rectangular delrin plastic or a welded nickel ring. The hook and the loop are then welded together, both sides facing up. The hook is fed through the ring and cinched tight, fastening onto the loop. This strap is widely used in many industries.
What is die cutting? Die cutting is a completely different process of cutting hook and loop than strip cutting. To start the die cut process on your hook or loop, first a die must be made. The customer sends us a drawing with specific dimensions of the shape required. A quote for our die cutting services is then generated based on the complexity of the die. For all questions on die cutting - email: [email protected].
A die is a specialized tool used in manufacturing industries to cut or shape material, using a clicker press. Dies can be very complex, and include several components, but others are fairly simple. Some dies are as simple as a cookie cutter, while others require more intense scrutiny. A typical die type is a SE PHPS (Single Edge – Pre-Hardened Pre-Sharpened).
At HookandLoop.com, we use a clicking press to control the distribution of pressure to the die and the material. The press is situated atop a large table slab to maximize our ability meet our customers’ die cutting needs. The material is either placed on the slab on top of the die, or on the slab with the die over the material. A protective plate is placed between the die and the press to protect the blades from wear. This plate also helps to evenly distribute the force from the press.
The press is on a swivel, allowing it to swing across the length of the slab for larger dies and multiple clicks, as well as ease of use. The force with which the press comes down is adjustable for varying depths of cutting. Once the force is set, the press is then “clicked”, finishing the die cutting process.
Whether it's your logo, brand, tagline, phone number, part number or more, we can imprint it on key chains, baggage tags or hook and loop fasteners and straps. Logo imprinting uses a process known as pad printing to transfer an image or text to a rounded, flat, or rough surface. It is used in electronics, apparel, medical supplies, automotive accessories, toys and sports equipment. We offer logo imprinting for your customized hook and loop orders and custom imprinting on VELCRO® Brand products as well.
We make custom hook and loop patches as well as custom straps with company logos imprinted onto the hook portions every day. You can check out all the kinds of hook and loop straps we offer, fill out our custom strap form, or continue reading to learn more.
The technique used for creating the Cliché ( plates ) involves a chemical etching of photo-polymer plates along with photo exposure using film positives. These plates may last beyond one million impressions. There is also a method that uses laser etching, but it is not as common due to its shorter plate life of about 10,000 impressions.
The imprinted logo is created with ink and film. Both undergo physical changes during the transfer process, which makes it easier for them to adhere to the silicone pad and eventually the substrate. A silicone pad is used since its properties allow it to adhere to images and transfer them to other surfaces.
The logo imprinting process starts with a magnetic cup containing ink, which is placed upside down over the artwork etched printing plate, creating a seal. The cup is slid across the plate, filling the image with ink, and then slid back to its starting point, taking away any excess ink along with it. The movement leaves the ink filled image exposed to the air, which causes the ink to become tacky; this allows the ink to stick to the silicone transfer pad, which then comes down and presses against the image. When the pad presses down, it pushes air outward, allowing the ink to be picked up when the pad is lifted. As the pad moves from the printing plate to the substrate, the ink cup also moves from its starting point to the artwork, refilling the image with ink. The ink on the pad is now exposed to air, causing it to become tacky. This is when the pad is pressed against the substrate, imprinting the image or logo. The pad then moves back to the printing plate as the ink cup moves back to its starting point, and the imprinted logo process repeats.
Imprinted Logo Pricing: One time charge of $50.00 to make the Cliché (plate) of your imprint logo. A $20.00 Art Set Up fee per order. Depending on strap style, hook or loop piece and quantity - pricing varies per imprinted logo - Call us today at 1-800-940-6934, or email us at [email protected]
A .png or .jpg file between 170ppi and 300ppi must be provided in order to quote the strap. $100 minimum order on all custom printing jobs.
Ultrasonic welding is a manufacturing technique used to secure two materials together. The first patent for welding metal objects using this process was awarded in 1960. Five years later, engineers discovered that sound waves could weld non-metal materials as well. The ultrasonic welding process uses ultrasonic, high-frequency acoustic waves instead of heat or electricity. As two components are secured under pressure, the ultrasonic welder emits sound waves that travel through the materials. When the waves locate the contact point, they cause the materials to vibrate, which generates friction, creating the heat that makes the components melt. After the waves are finished, the parts form a resilient bond as they cool and harden. The ultrasonic welding process does not require soldering or the use of metal fasteners, adhesives or other binding materials, such as thread.
Ultrasonic welding is an eco-friendly process that takes seconds, consumes very little energy and reduces costs while maintaining a high degree of quality. The ultrasonic welding equipment fuses contact points on cell phones and other consumer electronics that are generally inaccessible with other welding methods. These techniques can be adapted to a wide range of commercial and industrial applications. In the food industry, the process is used to create a hermetic seal. An ultrasonic welder can fasten blister packs and facilitate the manufacturing of a variety of products, including toys, disposable lighters, pipettes and intravenous catheters.
Ultrasonic welding is commonly used in the plastics, aerospace and automotive industries to join similar materials. It is particularly useful in the production of medical products. Since the ultrasonic welding process does not introduce exhaust or other contaminants and the welds do not degrade, the manufacturing equipment can be used in a clean-room environment.
Welding hook and loop fasteners together is another common application of ultrasonic welding. The ultrasonic welder creates a bond that is stronger than that achieved by sewing. As a result, the hook and loop straps have the strength equivalent of one solid piece of material, creating a reliable bond. Ultrasonic welding is an efficient method for securing both the hook to the loop, and the ring to the strap itself.
At HookandLoop.com, we offer sewing and stitching services: we cut and sew and offer production sewing services to our customers. Sometimes, a customer may need webbing added to their straps for extra reinforcement. That’s where our seamstresses come in. Ordering a strap sewn to webbing means the tensile strength of the material may increase by as much as 800%.
There are several kinds of webbing to reinforce your strap with. The most common strap webbing are lightweight and heavyweight polypropylene. These are most popular because of the combination of their price, strength and durability. We offer polypropylene webbing strap tape in a variety of colors, widths, and weights. In most cases, lightweight polypropylene webbing will serve as the best use, supporting up to 300 pounds at a 1/2”. We have three industrial sewing machines capable of performing any stitching necessary, including straight stitching, zigzag stitching, zipper stitching, buttonhole stitching and box stitching. We also have standard sewing machines that can handle lightweight tasks such as sewing hook and loop to a satin ribbon. We also have access to a wide array of webbing and thread colors for sewing webbing straps. There are also other kinds of webbing available for other uses, such as reflective webbing for safety vests and straps, herringbone webbing for a different design, and seatbelt webbing for close contact comfort.
At HookandLoop.com, we offer a wide range of webbing, sewing and stitching services and cut & sew services to suit your need for any strap imaginable. For all questions about sew webbing - email: [email protected].
We can produce made-to-order hook and loop products for packaging that include shipping bags, boxes, labels and coils. When you require specialized hook and loop for shipping needs, we can help create an ideal solution to keep manufactured goods safe during transport. Order custom straps and fasteners crafted in a multitude of configurations to suit your custom packaging needs. Customers with large scale needs can order hook and loop by the roll for bulk use.
The business of packaging and handling has been made easier through the use of hook and loop. DuraGripTM brand or VELCRO® Brand hook and loop fasteners come in such a wide variety of styles, sizes and strengths that there is practically no task they can’t accomplish. Hook and loop straps can bundle, support and organize any type of job or specialized task. Polyester hook and loop fasteners provide UV protection and chemical resistance for outdoor and industrial use, while nylon is good for most standard uses. Choose from a broad range of widths, colors and lengths designed for heavy duty packaging needs.
Peel and stick coins are a useful way to secure small packages or bagged items. Face straps with grommets are great for securing packages to pallets. A grommet is a small brass ring that gets punched through the material, ideal for preventing over tensioning. Cinch straps are a great way to secure products to pallets or to secure products in transport.
Cinch straps can be made in widths from 5/8” up to 4”, and in any length. Rings are available in plastic or nickel, for additional strength. These straps can be reinforced with webbing, or can be double sided with loop, to protect the strapped down cargo from damage due to objects shifting in transit. Peel and stick loop can be used to protect wrapped corners from damage.
Hookandloop.com offers DuraGrip® and VELCRO® Brand products for packaging in something as small as an envelope. Our quick samples, which are comprised of 4 straps custom made to the customer’s specifications, are packaged in a shipping envelope and shipped via US Mail. We also offer cut to length services free of charge, and shipped by the pallet load. Hookandloop.com offers a variety of shipping options for orders of any size.
Grommets are metal rings added to protect the surrounding material from damage when cords or strings are ran through the hole of the grommet, protecting the material from wear and tear.
These straps are made of hook and loop and may be reinforced with polypropylene webbing. . The machine is operated by a foot pedal, which when tapped, drives the grommet die down onto the partner die, compressing the two parts that comprise the grommet.
The grommet is made of two parts. One side is a flat circle with a neck extending from the inner circle, almost like the end of a tuba. This is the right grommet, or the front grommet. The combination of the dies and the grommet neck being compressed allows for the grommet to make a clean cut through the material, eliminating the need to cut a hole in the material beforehand. This is called a self-piercing grommet.
The other side is essentially a circle with no neck. This is the wrong grommet, or back grommet. The circle is domed, or rounded, for a smooth finish on the inside of the material. When compressed, the dies expand the neck and compress it outward, wrapping the front grommet around the back grommet and securing it in place.
Hook and Loop grommet press services are available from HookandLoop.com in #00 - 3/16”, #0 – 7/32”, #1-J – 1/4”, #1 - 5/16”, #1.7 – 5/32”, #2 - 3/8”, #3 - 7/16”, and #4 – 5/8”.