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LYNXTM Manufacturing Methods include proprietary processes for producing diverse designs of LYNXTM fasteners, methods for integrally molding fastener zones in primary products, and unique methods for assembling multi-component products utilizing iHOOK!TM technology. 

LYNXTM fasteners are producedwith a set of unique interengaging dies which simultaneously form the blind undersides of fastening elements and the structural matrix which supports them. 


Injection Molding:  Reciprocating injection molding machines incorporate dies such as those seen above to define a contiguous multipart cavity.  Each die has both cavity and core segments and multiple gates which form fenestrations in the product.  A wide range of resins may be used.

Integral Molding:  Similar dies are incorporated as part of a master product mold, or as inserts within the master mold, to define integral fastening zones within a molded product component. A similar process is used for integrating SEF, iHOOK!TM or XOLOKTM fastening systems. The fastening zone utilizes the same material as the base product, thereby providing an exact color match.  Fastening zones may be flush, recessed, or projected relative to the surrounding surface so that products combine optimal appearance with optimal function.  Since the fastening elements are only minimally stressed during ejection (unlike the Aplix® Inter-mold® system) production speeds are fast and a wide range of materials are available from which to choose.

Continuous Molding:  The inter-engaging die segments may be incorporated into a rotary apparatus or sequential reciprocating molding machine to a produce continuous stream of commodity fastening products. 

Die Forming:  Sets of interengaging punch and die die-sets may be used to produce many LYNXTM fastening products directly from various sheet goods at very low cost.  A wide range of materials with sufficient shape memory may be used at ambient temperatures, including plastics, paper and fibers, and sheet metals.  Very small scale fasteners can be produced with this method.  Alternatively, the process can be combined with thermal forming techniques. 

Continuous Die Forming:  Punch and die segments are incorporated into a mechanism of counter rotating cylinders to produce continuing streams of die-cut fasteners.  

iHOOK!TM Assembly Methods:  In a patented process, multi-part products are assembled by sandwiching loop materials between components with integrally molded iHOOK!TMzones, resulting in a flush surface-to-surface interface.  Similarly, multi-part fabric products are economically assembled by sandwiching low-profile double-sided iHOOK!TM layers.