Custom PVC keychain is mostly used as hanging decoration on the keys and the bags. They are made with environment-friendly soft rubber PVC material. The structure includes a combination of PVC soft rubber products and splits aluminum rings. You can divide the production of a custom PVC keychain into several steps. So, let's check those out.
The process of making custom PVC keychains
Customer's role in the process
In the process of making custom PVC keychains, customers choose shape, size, and layout first. They can pick any shape, from the circle, triangle to something unique.
You can put the logo of your choice in the designated area. A logo can contain information about your company, slogans, text, images, etc. On the front side, the logo will be placed with rubber, and there are three options available to put it in the back.
- Blank back: You can keep your backside blank without any text or logos. It is the cheapest option available.
- Text on the back: You can print the company's information, phone number, website, and other information on the backside.
- Rubber at the back: The rubber you use in the front can be put on the back. It is an expensive alternative but provides you the best look and feel.
After deciding on the shape, size, logo, and text for your custom keychains, you can choose the colors for the logo. Keep in mind that gradient colors can't be accepted. The rubber used in the custom PVC keychains should be only of solid colors. If you choose less than seven colors, then you will bear lower production costs.
After designing your custom keychains, send them by email. The file should be in vector format. You can contact your manufacturers for support if you need help in designing.
Before production, you will get a final design or pre-production sample back for final approval. Confirm the same, and then keychains of your choice will be produced.
Manufacturer's role in the process
Let's check the manufacturer's role in the process.
Initial set up & molds
Rubber keychains will be made using molds made of copper or aluminum carved machine or hand. Carving is done as per the final approved artwork. After finishing carving, the molds are processed by abrasive blasting and electroplating. It provides smoothness and purity. The process helps you avoid any impurities like bubbles or wrinkles during manufacturing.
Rubber glue pigmentation
In the beginning, the raw material used for custom PVC keychains looks half-transparent. It has to be mixed with pigments to match the colors required by customers. After pigmentation, the process of purification begins. Rubber glue is placed in a vacuum chamber to eliminate any impurities or unwanted bubbles.
Start the process of injecting your rubber glue after the molds and rubber materials are ready. If logos are simple, then this job can be done using machines, but for complex ones, the hand is preferable. To maintain the quality of products, experienced workers are needed, because an amateur will mess it up.
You have to bake rubber to make it hard enough to create a good keychain. To do that, take the semi-finished custom PVC keychains and place them in the oven for heating. Keep it only for a minute, but repeat the process several times.
Print additional text (optional)
Usually, customers choose blank backs without any text or logos. But, if you want to add extra information, then we can add it at the back of the keychain.
Assembly & Packaging
Manufacturers start assembling the keychains by attaching metal rings or chains after all rubber parts are ready. Manufacturers do a final inspection, check the quality of the product, and then finally pack them for delivery.
What is the process of ordering custom keychains?
Here's a breakdown of the procedure of ordering keychains.
When a customer decides to order custom keychains, custom embroidered keychains, custom medals keychains, or custom PVC keychains, they have to design it first. They design their custom keychains as per their requirements. Choose relevant design patterns, colors, shapes, and sizes. You have to finish your designs before several days of expected delivery as manufacturers will need time for sampling and final production.
After the artwork is confirmed by the customer, factories start the process of modeling. Modeling includes the design and production through mold-making.
The color matching process is done for your custom PVC keychains according to the approved artwork. Make sure that the color of the PVC product is color-coded as per the color card. Otherwise, the color of your sample or product will be greatly different from the design draft. After the samples are approved by customers, manufacturers will produce your products as per the order placed by customers.
Arrange production line
Before starting the production of large goods, the supervisor should organize the work to ensure smooth production. A supervisor should carefully plan the dispensing personnel for the product, determine the coloring positions and prevent defective products from being produced. If the design of your custom keychain is complex, then dispensing personnel will require higher skills. Making sure everything works fine in this production line is very important to prevent defective custom PVC keychains from being made.
After getting a confirmation for your sample, production begins for custom keychains, custom PVC keychains, custom embroidered keychains, custom medals keychains, and other products as per the design draft.
Quality inspection is very important. Manufacturers have to make sure that products created by them are exactly as per the customer's requirement. Companies should check shapes, sizes, colors, and design patterns before delivering them. The common problem with large orders is that sometimes, all of those products do not look similar. They all have slight differences. Make sure you avoid such occurrences and provide good quality products.
The last part of the process is the packaging. Check whether the customer has made any special packaging requests. If yes, then package your custom PVC keychains as per the customer's requirements. PVC products with four mother chains and stainless steel rings form complete custom PVC keychains. You can package them separately with an OPP bag or put many PVC keychains into an OPP bag.