If you’re searching for a metal service center, there’s a wide range of factors to consider. These may include the level of customer service, the quality of the materials offered, and the availability of secondary services. Among these, metal slitting can be a handy secondary service to look for in the future.
A metal slitter is an essential piece of equipment for cutting wide coils or rolls into narrower coils. Often a width tolerance of +/- .003” can be achieved with this precision process. Slitters produce coils that are used in various stamping applications, like automotive parts and electronic components.
However, owning a slitter is not enough. You need a trusted team to provide you with valuable insight into the world of metal — that’s where we step in. In this blog, we’ll dive into the different uses and benefits of metal slitting machines and the things to look for in a metal service provider!
How does metal slitting work?
Metal slitting machines are used to change large metal coils into smaller, more manageable strips. This process starts by feeding a large metal coil into the slitting machine and unwinding it through circular blades.
These blades make precise cuts in the metal to produce narrow strips. From there, these strips are wound into small coils — making them ready for further processing or distribution.
Take a glimpse behind the scenes to see how our metal slitters work in this short video:
WHAT MATERIALS CAN YOU PUT IN A METAL SLITTING MACHINE?
The specific materials that can be put through a metal slitting machine depend on the machine’s design, blade types, and thickness capacity. However, these versatile tools can handle a vast range of materials — from copper to stainless steel — making them a valuable machine in the metal processing industry.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO USING A METAL SLITTING MACHINE?
When you outsource your metal slitting needs to a service provider, you can enjoy various advantages, including:
- Precision — Metal slitting machines can create precise cuts with minimal waste. This helps to achieve tighter tolerances!
- Customization — Metal slitting machines can cut metal to specific widths and lengths, allowing you to purchase metal strips customized to your needs.
- Consistency — Metal slitting machines produce consistent results, even across large quantities of metal strips. This results in a quality product for end users with reduced variation.
Plus, buying material pre-cut to the width of your finished product means you won’t be losing material to edge trimming like you would if you were shearing sheet metal.
DOES MEAD METALS OFFER MACHINE SLITTING?
At Mead Metals, we offer customized coil slitting services to meet our customers’ specific requirements. We can cut metal to any width, from 24-inch strips down to quarter-inch strips. Our slitting process is available for any quantity and for all of the metals we carry.
Additionally, we can also emboss the metal strips to create unique patterns! For example, we collaborated with a fish bait customer to produce a hexagonal design for their slit coils. This saved them time and money by eliminating the need for additional embossing during their production process.
RELY ON MEAD METALS FOR ALL SHEET METAL SLITTING NEEDS
At Mead Metals, we value collaborative relationships with our clients and have been doing so for over fifty years. We specialize in providing premier metal and secondary services (like metal slitting) to meet our clients’ specific needs. Our team takes pride in producing high-quality, low-volume specialty metals and is committed to doing so for decades to come.