Skiving

AM Foam & Rubber Products in Kansas City Missouri

Our Fecken-Kirfel Model #D1with a 60" capacity is capable of splitting any of the materials we carry to well within industry standard tolerances.

We can split material ranging from .031" to 5" thick.

Our skiver allows us to cut our densest products such as closed-cell foams, rubber foams and plastic foams to sheets as thin as 1/16 of an inch. The skiver gets its name from the verb “skive” which means to cut or shave into layers or slices. It operates exclusively on a horizontal plane, cutting sheets as thick as 5 inches. Because of the density of the materials cut with the skiver, the blade is a substantial one, at 3.3 inches wide, .04 inches thick and constantly self-sharpening. Considering the materials it must cut, the skiver is incredibly powerful.

 

The machine is manually fed and can handle widths up to 60 inches, with no limit to the length of the sheet. For especially long sheets, the skiver can be fed from rollers. The skiver needs to be programmed to cut to a certain thickness, but not to the degree of a CNC machine or the waterjet cutter, as the saw blade remains stationary once programmed to its desired setting. Since the skiver can only cut horizontally, products may be cut to size on vertical saws, waterjet cutters or die cutters. Products produced from the skiver include high-density packaging, flotation devices like life jackets and sports matting and padding.