Focus on Stainless Steel Precision Slit Coil
Stainless steel strip is widely used across the spectrum of industry from surgery to catering, though particularly in construction, providing a host of benefits that simply cannot be gained from other metals.
Applications and products as diverse as heating elements, packing rings, heat exchangers, automotive work and fastener manufacturing all require components with precise tolerances but fabricating the material (known as stainless steel slitting) can be problematic. So what are the issues with stainless steel slitting and, more importantly, how can they be avoided?
Many problems can occur during the process of metal slitting. These include, though are not limited to:
- Low edge quality
- Burred edges (those which are dangerously sharp)
- Edge wave or camber
- Knife marks
- Slit width that does not exactly meet specification
Under strong magnification, an edge of slit metal will appear to have shiny and dull areas (nick and break, respectively). There is a line between the nick and the break; if this is straight and the fracture is clean, it’s a superior edge. Uneven lines and rough breaks signify an inferior edge. Magnifying the edge in this way to check quality isn't always practical and it comes down to making sure you order from an extremely competent supplier such as BS Stainless to get the perfect edge every time.
Our stainless steel precision slit strip can be produced to any number of individual specifications, including with edge dressing for risk-free handling. An extremely-wide range of stainless steel strip grades, thicknesses and widths are available and we can also supply special alloys where required.