We are looking at purchasing a Ram Press from Ram Process to cut sprigs / tiles of original art work. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the process of creating these tiles and using this sort of press on a production basis (creating several hundred tiles per day). If so, I'm trying to determine if the press can be configured to create a die much smaller than specified work area and reproduce small detail on a production basis.
The tiles / sprigs we wish to cut will measure around 2.5 to 4 square inches in size and vary in shape. The text size will vary greatly from 8pt up to 30pt depending on design parameters. Some text will be recessed (cut into the tile), other times it will be raised (surface level). We will need to run a series of tiles then remove the die, mount a new die, run another series, and so on throughout the production day.
I want to make sure this is the right machine for the job before we spend more money. Or should we look at another type of machine? We need to produce 100 to 150 tiles per hour consistently over a shift, and some of the designs are very intricate. We tried the Texas Tiler, but that machine was not able to consistently pick up small details and the makers told us it was not well suited for our application because of the need to strike with a mallet.
If you do have this machine, I would be interested to know how long it takes to create a die. Or, do you use a service. If a service, which one. Also, how many impressions / tiles can you cut before you have to recast the die. And, what material do you use for your master?