Pin Bars

Pin bars are commonly used inside the vacuum frame or on a light table to align layers punched with a plate or film punch, or with an office supply punch. All of our base material is 1" wide and .015" thick, with stock base lengths varying from 12" to 36". The buttons used on our pin bars are precision machined to exact tolerances, and the buttons are welded multiple times as these bars are intended for years of use. The number of buttons, the shape of the buttons and their spacing is all dependent upon the punch you own, or the bar’s intended usage. Pin bars are available in two stock heights of .085" or .120" with custom heights available. The common height choice for inside the vacuum frame is .085", while the light table height is .120". Prices on pin bars vary depending usually upon the number of buttons, but also upon variables such as button sizes, custom base lengths, the buttons being welded offset on their bases, etc. Most pin bars are made custom for each order. Bars usually ship within one to two weeks. We have jigs for the more commonly ordered bars but require punched samples to make custom bars. We use your actual samples to hold the buttons in place while welding the custom bars. In this way we match your punch exactly. Samples should be about 4" wide, from as sturdy a material as possible, and sent either curled into a square box or in a tube. Do not send folded samples. Do not send paper samples. Several examples are shown below of the more commonly ordered bars.

If contacting us for a quote on a custom bar please refer to this diagram to help describe your requested bar’s spacing.  I will also need the size of either the hole or the button.

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Pin Bar


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