Take a digital tour through Adex to find out what happens between the order and the delivery of your die!

Welcome at Adex BV, are you ready to start the tour?

At Adex we have been producing dies for more than 40 years. Our dies are used worldwide for every industry that you can imagine. Thanks to the dies from Adex you can travel by car, train, boat, airplane and even bicycle. But you can also enjoy skiing down a well prepared slope. Even when using your mobile phone it is made possible thanks to a profile that came out of an Adex die.

Our production is done in one location in the Netherlands. Venlo has been the logistical hotspot from the Netherlands for many years. Thanks to being near to the German border transit times are short. Every one of the employees of Adex know that their input in the complete process can make the difference.

So what does happen between the order and the delivery of the die? Scroll down and you will find out for yourself!


Step 1


What is done to start up the work on a die? It all starts with a design. A good design that can make the difference between getting a die and getting a perfect die. Our design department takes care of this important step in the process.


Step 2:

Starting on the base

Using the right steel is key when producing dies. At our turning department the first steps in the productionprocess are made. The base of the die is made. Making sure that every millimeter of steel is used to the fullest.

 Step 3:

Milling the rough shape

Machining the tool is something that takes time and patience. It is mostly done in two steps. First the rough shape and afterwards the exact shape. Milling the rough shape of the die can be done either by machine or by hand. It is done 'roughly' to leave extra material on critical places. 


Step 4:

Grinding the die

As soon as the die is milled the rough edges and burrs need to be removed. A job that sounds simple however it needs to be done with great precision.

Step 5: 

Heat treatment

The machining of the rough shape is done with the steel in soft condition. But when a die is soft it cannot be used for production. Therefore the dies are hardened before they move to the next step in production.


Step 6:

Bringing the precision in the die

After the die is hardened it is still not to the exact dimension it should have. This precision is brought in by several processes that are done after hardening. Milling, wire eroding and spark eroding are the processes that are the finishing touches.

Step 7:

Finishing the die

After the dies have been milled and eroded to the final dimensions the dies need to be finished. Polishing the dies until the smooth and easy running surface is met. A job that is done with dental like tools to get the best result.


Step 8:

Assembly and final inspection

The final step in the process is the assembly and final inspection.As soon as the die is assembled it is checked on surfacequality, dimensions, hardness, etc. If the die passes the inspection it is ready to be send to the customer. Starting its life at the extrusion press producing kilometers of material for the customer.

Video about aluminium extrusion in combination with Adex spreading technology

video about production of aluminium extrusion dies at adex