Commonly Used Slitting Methods

Below is a quick an easy table describing some of the characteristics and uses for more commonly used slitting methods. This table is a guideline and can differ depending on the different materials being cut. As always, we recommend that you conduct tests and research to know the best method for slitting your material.

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Slitting Type:RazorScoreShearHot-Knife

Advantage

easy to set up, inexpensivewidely used, easy to set up, versatilehigh accuracyseals edges to prevent fraying
Disadvantagelimited materialscreates a slight ridge on some materialsexpensive, harder to set upless accurate, expensive
Width Tolerance+/-.020″+/-.030″+/-.005″+/-.060″
Slit Width1/2″1/2″1/2″1/2″
Ideal Materialfilms, vinylsfabrics, non-wovens, laminates, paperheavy films, paper, most materialsfabrics that fray

 

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