Steel Slitting Services

Slitting is an essential part of steel processing. We start with a sheet of steel from a master or parent roll and cut it to the desired length needed for a client’s project. There are various slitting approaches, and it takes a skilled technician to precisely get the job done. We offer slitting services for a variety of steel we supply, including:

Many steel manufacturers have challenges executing slitting processing tasks in an efficient manner. Fortunately, Pacesetters offers clients the most comprehensive steel processing services to efficiently and cost-effectively receive the steel they need to meet their project deadlines. We also offer steel blanking processing services, steel cut-to-length services, and toll-processing steel services

Steel slitting services have been around for over 50 years, and they continue to use this process because it helps them reduce their inventory while increasing their revenue at the same time. Learn more about our elevated precision slitting process, the various types of methods, and the benefits of working with our team.

What is Precision Slitting?

Precision slitting is the processing of cutting large metal rolls or coils and breaking them into specific widths and lengths.  Steel slitting is suitable for carbon steel, stainless steel, and alloy steel coils. Steel processing companies cut metal rolls into specific lengths using sophisticated machine equipment. 

Processing can improve tolerances and surface finish, making it ideal for use in certain welding applications and for joining materials together by other means such as pins or connectors. Steel sheets can be slit into half or one-quarter of the original size, called “nesting.” Steel must be cut precisely at 90° (square way) and 45° (angled way). Steel slitting suppliers sell steel in different gauges like 20G, 22G, 24G, 26G, 28G, or 30G, depending on the thickness required by clients.

What is a Steel Slitting Machine?

Steel slitting can be performed with cold, warm, or hot slitting processes. Steel slitting machines use a band-saw method where thin steel bands are passed through blades that enable them to cut the material into required sizes and shapes, such as strips and discs. 

The machine functions based on the relative movement between steel strip and blade; hence, these services can also be referred to as cold, warm, or hot cutting. Steel rolls are first uncoiled and then rolled onto spindles manually or automatically depending on the type of equipment available at the processing plant before moving onto the blades for precision cutting (cutting).

A steel slitting machine is used for reducing the thickness of steel sheets into a coil. Steel slitting is usually carried out to cut steel strips from other metal products before further processing, such as cold-forming or welding. Steel rods may also be reduced in size by steel slitting machines for use in curtain tracks, fasteners, and fluting. 

Steel slitting can also be a stand-alone process where a coil is passed through a series of blades to produce thinner strips with varying widths and lengths, making different tools and structures depending on the spacing between cuts.

Benefits of Working With a Steel Slitting Service Provider

There are many benefits to leveraging steel slitting services: 

  • Save money because you don’t have to purchase as much material because the yield is maximized due to processing. 
  • Eliminate the need for running your materials through several stages of manufacturing with the risk of inconsistencies.
  • Speed up the production process by causing less downtime because there is not much waiting for machines to produce materials without splitting them first. 
  • A quick and cost-efficient way to cut down flat sheet metal without having to purchase expensive processing equipment.

Types of Slitting Steel Process

Let’s discuss the various types of slitting steel processes.

Cold Slitters

Cold slitters function at room temperature, while warm slitters function at a different temperature. These four types of slitting services have a variety of benefits, and each process has an advantage depending on the steel company’s needs. Steel slitting is generally used for automotive, railroads, cold-formed parts, building materials, and construction products.

Warm Slitters

Warm slitters are used to cut softer steel grades, such as cold-rolled low carbon steel strips. The band saw runs at a cooler temperature, and it can be powered by electricity or hydraulics. Steel face mills are usually used to hot slit larger steel sections, while warm slitting smaller areas are generally done with a mandrel mill.

Hot Slitters

Hot slitter devices measure from 10 to 300 inches in width and from 0.5 to 8 inches thick. The machine cuts high carbon steel as well as tool steels up to 40 Rc. Steel band saws are also considered hot slitters because the blades run at a temperature above room temperature but not as hot as an oxyacetylene flame which can reach 3500 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot slitting is very common with large steel companies that ship many different products such as beams or pipes because it helps them reduce the weight of their shipments.

Untrasonic Steel Splitters

The process itself creates very little waste and can split steel into a variety of sizes and shapes. Steel bolt cutters or micrometers are used to measure the size and shape of the steel after it has been processed.

Steel Coil Slitting Process

Steel coils are typically used in construction or manufacturing but can also be found in carpentry and fence-building. Steel coil slitting services make the steel strip thinner than the original cut size for more accessible transportation without compromising strength.

Steel Coils Steel coils are large rolls of thin sheet steel that form a hunk of metal ranging from two inches tall to over five feet tall, with an approximate diameter of 10 to 24 inches. Most steel companies will use these coils for building materials, furniture production, fencing equipment, gates, parts for cars and trucks, security grilles and screens, refrigeration equipment parts, or paper towel dispensers.

Stainless Steel Coil Slitting

Steel splitting services and processing can come in many different types of quality benefits depending on what is happening with the steel, whether it’s a stainless steel coil, carbon steel sheet, hot rolled or cold rolled (annealed), galvanized or color coated. When dealing with any type of metal, specific processes must be applied to keep it from rusting and allow various finishes to adhere properly (like paint).

The main goal of this service is to provide a clean cut without causing any damage to the surface of the stainless steel coil. Most professionals consider it an ideal option for cutting mild steel into strips with varying widths and thicknesses. It can also be used for making channels, angles, channels, re-bar, and many other different types of geometrical shapes which need precise dimensions.

Narrow Steel Slitting

Steel strips can be cut to various widths depending on your needs, but sometimes it is essential to make the cuts without creating a rough edge. This is where a narrow steel slit comes in handy. 

A precise, smooth cut reduces problems when welding or adding additional finishes during production processes. Steel slitting services can work with your drop-forge, stamping mill, fabrication shop, or other manufacturers that require a round or flat stock of specific dimensions for high-quality products.

Narrow steel slitting remains one of the most popular options for cutting sheet metal materials. It provides a clean finishing process without sharp edges, making it safe for workers and even safer on assembly lines.

Steel Slitting Services Custom For Your Next Project!

Pacesetter’s world-class team of steel manufacturing professionals are here to help you with your next project. We offer custom-tailored pricing options, inventory management programs, and supply chain management systems to ensure you receive the steel cut and process to your exact specifications. We can process your steel and finish it to your project needs, including prepainted steel, embossed steel, perforated steel, and steel fabrication

Contact us today to speak to a team member to discuss how we can help you with all your steel needs!

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