(Photo Description: Strip separator discs with tension unit part of a semi-continuous metal slitting machine)
Slitting cutters, slitting heads and semi-continuous metal slitting machines offer one of the most efficient forms of processing for metal fabrication firms.
With metal slitters ranging in size from small fabrication shop units for manually fed sheet metal, to double loop semi-continuous metal slitting machines offering 12 lanes with precision splitting heads, there is a perfect size slitting machine for any size company.
Metal coil slitting or sheet metal slitting can be a profit driver when implemented correctly.
Discrete metal dividing, either with punch press, plasma cutting, laser, or similar steps is considerably slower and more expensive than even the simplest slitting operations.
Paying the mark-up for metal slitting services from a supplier rarely makes economic sense considering the low investment required for developing in-house metal slitting capability.
A real life example of the payback available through investment in advanced slitting cutters and semi-continuous metal slitting machines involved a major hand tool manufacturer.
They required over 1 month and 300 hours of highly paid labor to slit metal coils using their small slitting and metal coil processing equipment. Their system was limited to handling 100 lb rolls that were manually loaded without automated roll and coil handling, slitting heads and multi-lane slitting cutters.
Recognizing this operation was costing them efficiency across all down-line stations in addition to the hefty labor expense, they opted for an automated, semi-continuous metal slitting machine with fully robotic roll and coil handling.
The result was a 200% increase in efficiency, dramatic labor savings, and a higher quality, more uniform production process.
Roll and coil handling systems feed the slitting cutters a uniformly tensioned, semi-continuous sheet of metal ranging from light to heavy gauge.
Tool steel blades mounted on slitting cutter heads with low inertia rollers supporting them create uniform divisions at high speed. Contrast this process with even automated punch presses, and the differences are dramatic.
With the advanced nature of metal slitting machines, the precision of metal slitting operations is measured in 0.001” while even simple versions slit sheets at over 40 feet per minute.
The highest speed coil slitting machines blaze along at over 150 feet per minute for small shops, or 1500 fpm for heavy duty lines.
Few operations in the metal forming field can match either the semi-continuous nature of metal slitting, or the speed of producing uniformly slit metal.
This high efficiency level of metal slitting operations strongly suggests that more sheet metal fabricators, hvac suppliers, construction firms, or metal supply houses can make a strong financial case for investing in their own metal slitting operation.
Aside from the complete control over the size of sheet metal from a metal slitting operation, being able to buy directly from the a mill in coils or rolls of sheet metal can save the 25% distributor mark-up.
Slitting cutters and semi-continuous metal slitting machines offer efficient metal processing that all sizes of metal fabricating firms can benefit from.
The coil handling equipment has reached a level of maturity, automation, and convenience that metal slitting can move from a specialized operation into the main stream of manufacturing plant processes.To return from this Slitters page to the Strip Metal Coil Processing Home page, click here.
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