A slitter, also called a slitter rewinder, is used to cut rolls, or slit them, in various industries. In the paper industry, a slitter can be used to take a long roll of register receipt tape, toilet paper or paper towels and slice them down to size, so that they are small and ready for use by consumers. In the metal industry, large rolls of sheet metal can be sliced down to size, so the metal rolls can be shipped off to metal fabricators. If your business is in the market for a slitter, there are many factors that you need to consider as you purchase one. The type of machine, price, and warranty are all important factors to consider. But there are also a few other factors that are often overlooked. Here are a few of the factors you will want to consider as you shop for a slitter:
What Material the Slitter is Designed to Cut
Slitters are designed to cut different materials and to cut different thicknesses. If you need a slitter in the paper industry, you want a slitter designed to cut through paper. If you need one in the metal industry, you need one designed to cut through the metal you are working with. Always pay close attention to what material the slitter is designed to cut through and the thickness that it can cut through.
The Speed of the Machine
Another important factor to consider is the speed of the machine. Some machines can cut through materials faster than other machines. If you use the machine often and need it to work fast, this is an important element for you to consider. If you rarely use the machine, this may not be an element that is as important to you. Regardless, each machine should be labeled with its hourly output. This tells you how many cubic feet of material the unit can process in an hour and cut through.
What Automation Features the Machine Has
Lastly, consider what automation features the machine has. Some machines can be programmed to cut various items. With the click of a button, the machine is ready to go. This can ensure you aren't constantly resetting the cutting specifications if you cut different sizes of material. All in all, this can save you time and increases your efficiency.
Not every slitter is the same. Assuming that they all cut the same materials, process material at the same speed and have the same features is a mistake. Paying attention to these factors will help you find the machine that is best suited for your business needs.
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