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Frequently Asked Questions

Custom Extrusions

What materials are available?
Our extrusions are manufactured from a variety of plastics that deliver a wide range of performance. For a complete listing, click here.

How much does a die cost?
Tooling costs are determined by several factors including:

  • Size of the part
  • Material(s)
  • End use of the part
  • Total footage of product to be run
  • Potential for reruns of the part

Each of these factors is taken into consideration, with the end goal of producing the least expensive tooling to meet the end needs.

What is the lead time for a new die?
Our typical new tooling lead time is two to four weeks after we have an approved production drawing. Lead times vary based on our Finite Forward scheduling system. Our receipt of your purchase order begins the scheduling process.

Is all tooling produced in-house?
Yes, all tooling is designed and manufactured by Sandee.

What is the standard lead time for a production order?
The dynamics of custom manufacturing often result in quick changes to tooling, production and fabrication schedules. Forces beyond anyone's control may impact the availability and cost of materials used in production and delivery of final product. Our receipt of your purchase order begins the scheduling process. Prices, confirmed upon placement of order, and shipping dates, based upon our Finite Forward scheduling software, determine lead times.

What is the minimum run?
Our typical minimum is 1,000 linear feet of any extrusion. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule.

What colors are available?
We can manufacture your product in any color imaginable. We can produce a more accurate quote if we can reference a Pantone® color number. If no Pantone® number is available, anything can be custom color matched.

How long does a custom color match take?
It typically takes ten working days to get a color chip to you for approval, and ten additional working days to produce the custom color concentrate from the approved color chip.

Where can I send a drawing?
For quoting purposes, send drawing and quote request information to:
SalesIL@sandeeplastics.com (specific to Midwest office)
or fax Customer Service: 847-671-7127

SalesCA@sandeeplastics.com (specific to West Coast office)
or fax Customer Service: 562-633-2916

For projects underway, send drawing to:
or fax Engineering: 847-671-7127

In what format should my engineering drawing be programmed for review by Sandee?
Files in the following formats are acceptable. They are listed in order of preference.

  1. DWG – AutoCAD 2000
  2. DWG – Any revision of AutoCAD
  3. DXF – AutoCAD 2000
  4. DXF – Any revision of AutoCAD

Please contact engineering@sandeeplastics.com if you cannot submit the file in one of these formats.

What is the maximum possible width of a profile?
The extrudable profile is calculated by measuring its developed width. A flat sheet four inches wide has a developed width of four inches. A four-inch flat sheet with a two-inch leg bisecting it at 90 degrees vertically has a developed width of six inches. A four-inch flat sheet with two-inch legs top and bottom has a developed width of eight inches, and so on. The maximum Sandee developed width for extruded profiles is 36 inches.

What is the maximum length of an extrusion?
While our typical cut lengths fall into the 24” to 96” range, we have run rigid profiles over 24 feet long. Flex profiles can be coiled or spooled to desired length

Standard Profiles

Does Sandee offer stock tooling?
Yes, Sandee maintains a wide selection of standard tools for typical shapes and materials, which provide our customers with significant cost savings. For more information, click here.

What types of stock tooling are available?
Our standard profiles, including standard "C"-channels, "F"-channels, "H"-channels, "J"-channels, "L"-channels, and "U"-channels, as well as standard tube profiles and coextruded chutes, offer an economical and efficient solution to hundreds of design challenges.

“Plus” Processes

What kind of in-line fabrication do you offer?
Our in-line fabrication processes include punching, drilling, notching, miter cutting, routing, magnetic stripping, sonic welding, in-line tapes, in-line printing, protective films, ant-static and many other processes.

What kind of secondary operations do you offer?
Our secondary operations include assembly, collating, kitting, custom packaging, logistics, shipping and many other processes.

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