3 Simple Ways To Retrofit Your Slitting Machine For Maximum Efficiency

2 July 2017
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog


Slitting machines play a critical role in the creation of many paper products. As technology continues to advance, the capabilities of modern slitter machines are advancing as well. If your slitting machine is an older model, it could be beneficial to retrofit your slitter with some upgrades to help improve its efficiency.

Here are three simple ways that retrofitting your slitting machine could prove beneficial in the future:

1. Retrofitting your slitting machine could allow for full automation.

Anytime you can automate your manufacturing processes, these processes can become more efficient. Older slitting machines might require the assistance of an operator when it comes to loading cones on the machine's mandrel.

By retrofitting your slitting machine with some upgrades, you could fully automate the slitting process. As long as the machine has access to cones, glue or tabs, and paper, the system will run without the assistance of an operator. This type of retrofit allows you to increase production while reducing operator error.

2. Retrofitting your slitting machine could allow for cone variations.

Many of the cones used in slitting machines come with slight variations. These variations can pose a serious problem for older slitting machines that are not equipped to accommodate cones of varying sizes.

Retrofitting your existing machine with self-centering rewind chucks ensures that cones of varying lengths will not pose a problem. Self-centering rewind chucks automatically center a cone via a pneumatic cylinder. The chucks enter the cone with ease, allowing for the slitting process to continue without obstruction- regardless of variations in cone size.

3. Retrofitting your slitting machine could reduce processing time.

If you are looking for a simple way to reduce the amount of time it takes to produce paper products, then retrofitting your older slitting machine with a dual-stage autoloader could be the answer.

This upgrade allows your slitting machine to separate the winding cycle from the staging process. As a completed cone is winding, the next cone can be picked up and processed without impeding the winding process. Having a dual-stage autoloader can significantly reduce processing times and make your slitting machine more efficient.

If your slitting machine isn't functioning as efficiently as it could, retrofitting the old machine can be a cost-effective way to improve its performance. Consider retrofitting your slitting machine to allow for full automation, variations in cone size, and dual-stage loading to help reduce processing times in the future.

Contact a company like GARDICO Inc for more information and assistance.