Importance of Film Slitting

Importance of Film Slitting

Film slitting is critically important in film production, especially with state-of-the-art tough films. When performed well, slitting can provide smooth winding and less wrinkling of film. However, poor cuts can generate a series of many negative effects.

What about the friction between a film and the blade edge

Through the constant friction between a film and the blade edge, the film can have a tendency to elongate along the cutting edges. In severe cases, the edge of the film may look like the edge of a postage stamp. As this elongation persists, the film material can accumulate along the edges of a reel during the winding process. This accumulation may cause a difference in peripheral velocity between the reel edge and the rest of the reel, thus causing subsequent problems in converting and printing applications such as production stops.

Dust with poor slitting quality 

Poor slitting quality can also generate dust particles that may cling to the film and prevent the film from being used in printing or cleanroom applications. Furthermore, a poor blade may need more frequent replacement increasing the inherent safety risks associated with the changing of blades.

The test

It would seem that much of the slitting performance hinges on the type of blade that is chosen for cutting. Therefore, we initiated a study on film slitting to confirm the impact of blade choice on slit quality. This test was conducted jointly by ExxonMobil Chemical and the company Eddy Callier, the maker of the Fortisblades.

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