Slitting is a machining service that cuts wide coils to narrower widths. It requires specialized machinery, and when it's done properly, metal slitting can make additional processing faster and more precise.
I've outlined the top reasons why having your metal slit by a metal service center can add ease and save time.
Maintain Tight Tolerances
Metal slitting is essential in situations where a tight tolerance is required. Metal thicknesses affect how well a material can be tooled and machined, so your manufacturing process helps determine its slitting needs.
For instance, customers who are going to use injection molding will benefit from materials with tighter tolerances because they will have more leeway during processing.
Use a Consistent Product
Beyond adding ease to further processing, metal slitting makes for a more consistent product. Material with consistent measurements is more easily fed through processing equipment. This effectively saves time that would be otherwise spent on machine setup, supervision, and size maintenance.
When you buy metal that's slit close to your finished size, less of what you purchased is going to end up as scrap. Some of our customers even use the slit width as their finished width, so they're not losing edge trim like they would if they were shearing sheet metal.
As you can see from the information above, having your metal material slit to the width that fits your application can help your project run more smoothly and finish more quickly.
Mead Metals has both the slitters and the skilled workers to provide a wealth of add on services. We're able to correct metal widths, precision slit metals, and even roll certain material types to special thickness ranges.