The Jacobs & Thompson Group – Process Capabilities

  Jacobs & Thompson is one of the industry's most vertically integrated suppliers. Our comprehensive range of processes allows our clients to have one supply choice for all of their fabricated foam, adhesive and textile needs. In today’s business world, this is a true benefit that saves you time and resources. J&T can produce your parts from initial design through to the finishing stage faster and more effectively than any other fabricator in North America. We can do it all. Have a look at our processes.
Rotary Die Cutting Lines - An automated process where rolled material is cut to a predetermined shape and size with a precision cutting tool. Parts can be cut through the entire substrate or kiss-cut to the backing, commonly known as “peel and stick” 
Up to 18” wide
Steel Rule Die Cutting Lines - An automated process where rolled or sheeted material is cut to a predetermined shape and size with mounted cutting tools, commonly referred to as a “clicker cut” or “punch cut”
Custom Cuts Available
Rotary Die Cut Tabbing -  An automated rotary die cutting process which creates a pull-tab for each individual part, allowing for easy removal from release liner. Used mostly for automotive exterior applications, providing a permanent attachment for molded side parts and name plate materials. 

Adhesive Coating Lines - An automated method of applying liquid acrylic and rubber based adhesive to release liners and carrier materials. 
Up to 60” wide

PSA and Hot Melt Adhesive Lamination Lines - The automated process of joining adhesives to substrates with pressure and heat.

Up to 72” wide.

Spooling Line - An automated process of transforming laminated materials from a master roll format to trimmed spools of continuous lengths. Spooled material is typically required for continuous production volumes.
Customized Formats - Maximum spool width of 26 mm, on a 9-head unit
Slitting Lines -  A process of trimming and finishing material to a specific width or length, wound onto a core.
Up to 75” wide.
Buffing Line - An automated method of modifying materials to conform to extreme tolerances on thickness.
Up to 60” wide.
Adhesive Powder Coating Line - An automated process used to scatter heat activated powder adhesive over various widths of substrate. Adhesive coated materials are commonly used in offline lamination and finishing applications. The materials are reheated, causing the adhesive to re-activate. This process turns the dry adhesive back into a wet, tacky state, allowing the material to be laminated to additional substrates.
Up to 65” wide.
Flatbed Lamination Lines - An automated process that uses hot melt adhesive systems to combine two or more substrates.  Dry adhesives require heat reactivation and pressure for optimal bond. Dry adhesives come in web and film roll formats.
Up to 72” Wide.
Foam Skiving Lines - J&T operates the widest loop splitter in North America at 86" wide. We can skive custom roll thicknesses and lengths unique to your equipment, application and customer demands. Longer rolls result in lower costs, faster speeds and improved sales dollars per hours worked. Depending upon your die cut shape, size and the yield opportunities, we can split your bun material along the alternate dimension. This allows us to optimize the OEM bun by choosing an orientation that works better for our customers.
Up to 86” wide.
Flame Lamination Lines - An automated process where foam is passed over an open flame. The foam surface is melted, creating a molten layer of adhesive. Textile and/or other substrates are applied immediately on to the foam, thereby eliminating the need to use an adhesive system.
Up to 74” wide.
Doctor Blade Cutting Line - An automated process where uniformed carbide steel rolls are cut to predetermined dimensions and profiles with a precision cutting tool.

Custom lengths available.
Water Jet Cutting Lines - An automated process of cutting into material using a jet of water or a mixture of water with abrasive, at high velocity and pressure.

Custom cuts available. 

Heat-Assist Lamination Line - An automated process where foam is passed through banks of heated elements, creating the molten layer of “foam adhesive” required when fusing layers of foam, textile and film together.


Up to 100” wide

 Roll-Fed Guillotine Cutting Lines - An automated process of cutting or trimming material, consisting of a blade inclined at a small angle that descends onto the substrate.

Custom lengths & width's available.
CAD Design (Computer-Aided Design) - A customized service offering which utilizes computer systems and design software to assist in the creation, modification, analysis and optimization of a product.
   Various file formats available.
Product Assembly - A customized service offering, providing goods in a format that best suits the customers complex production requirements. Providing ideal solutions for protective packaging systems may require additional value added services, such as welding, fastening, cutting, gluing and lamination. 
Multiple assembly options and hardware available.
Ultrasonic Welding - An industrial technique utilizing high-frequency ultrasonic acoustic vibrations locally applied to materials being held together under pressure to create a solid weld. Commonly used in plastics, ultrasonic welding does not require fasteners, adhesives, or connectors to bind materials together.