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12th January 2023

Punching Machines: UltraFlex HD or Zero Clearance?

If you’re searching for a high-quality and effective punching machine for your film and packaging, it can tricky to decide what machine is the right one for you. Our manufacturer Pearl Technologies offers a range of outstanding machines, including the UltraFlex HD and the Zero Clearance, that are both flexible and precise. This blog will talk about these punches, discussing the differences and benefits so you can decide which is best suited for your applications.

UltraFlex HD

This intermittent punching machine has accurate die-cut technology and is extremely flexible. It’s also easy to use and can work with a range of different tooth-punch equipment. It can also have customised tooling added.


  • Its die sets can be changed, so you can simply swap sets between uses.
  • It can be completely customised so it fits your exact measurements.
  • The web clamp is patented so it’s extremely precise.
  • Comes in a 1.375” maximum diameter and a 4.25”.
  • Cheaper than traditional zero-clearance machines.
  • Doesn’t require much maintenance.
  • The punch is affordable, flexible and of high quality.


The fact that it can switch between punches and dies means you can have high-quality punches for a range of sizes, compared to traditional zero-clearance punches. Therefore, this is a great choice for small multi-SKU applications and those looking to work with a range of materials.

Performance Zero Clearance

This machine’s selling point is that it can punch high-quality holes without the need for any expensive lasers and equipment. Pearl’s flagship model has been engineered to withstand the hardest and thickest materials to create a precise cut hole. It’s also customisable and its punches can be resharpened.


  • Top-quality die-cut punches.
  • The punches are made of durable stainless steel.
  • It can be completely customised to suit your needs.
  • This punch can come in three sizes 1.25” and 3.5” maximum diameters and a 1”x3.5” handle hole.
  • Has a completely-steel construction.
  • Its mounting clamps and pneumatic valves are custom-designed.
  • The punch is easy to maintain.


This machine is a great investment for all flexible packaging manufacturers, it provides strong performance for tricky materials and films, yet it can still be customised to your specifications. From medical pouches to product and retail packages, this punch would be ideal for a range of applications. 

Value Zero Clearance

This model is a comparable cutting machine to its sister performance model. However, this model is cheaper and will suit smaller budgets as it offers top single-use punching and tooling choices. It’ll allow your line to punch larger orders cost-effectively.


  • High-quality single punch and dies.
  • Your choice of hole sizes and shapes.
  • 1.25” maximum diameter configuration.
  • Strong aluminium and steel insert construction.
  • There are custom valves and clamps available.
  • Doesn’t require much maintenance.


This design allows you to have a high-quality performing machine for a great price, from large operations to small, it can help you make a difference. This machine is a great option for those with a smaller budget, or perhaps someone who is increasing their line.

How we can help

Here at Swallow, we proudly stock Pearl Technologies punches, click here to take a look. If you’re still unsure about which punch is best for you, contact us and our expert team can advise and help you come to a decision.