Slitter management safety

Most accidents occur when people are in a hurry and not thinking about what they are doing. Slitter management safety reminders advise the most important thing you can do which is to protect yourself is to slow down and use extreme caution. Safety is mostly common sense. Stay alert.

Slitter management safetyDisabling the slitter section

Disable the slitter section before working in the area. Whenever you are working in the slitter section, ALWAYS be certain the system is disabled. Make sure the bottom slitter motors are shut off or tagged out. Make sure all pneumatic lines feeding the holder you are working on are disconnected.




Slitter management house cleaningHouse cleaning

Housekeeping is important in keeping the slitter section operating properly and thus reducing the chances of mechanical breakdown. The condition of the slitting equipment also affects cut quality and thereby the customer roll quality.

Keep the slitter section free of dust and debris. It is important to keep the slitter section as free of dust and debris as possible at all times. It is recommended that you vacuum the slitter section and wipe the ways clean at least once per shift.

Slitter management blade and band storageBlade & band storage

It is important that blades and bands are stored in proper containers. They should be stored in a way that protects the cutting edge of the knives. Blades and bands storage must also protect operators from possible injury.

Blades and bands must be stored in proper containers. Never place a blade where it could fall, as the normal reaction is to catch it with your hand.

Safety note: Always wear cut-resistant gloves when handling blades and bands.

Because blades and bands are very sharp, always use extreme caution. The protective coating on the blade and band edges is there for the protection of the edge, not the operator. Dull blades should be handled with as much care as sharp blades to prevent nicks and chips. Always store and ship the blades and bands in a container specially designed to protect the blades and bands from damage.

Slitter management blade handlingBlade & band handling

Our natural tendency is to reach for falling objects...       

Always wear cut-resistant gloves

Never run your finger over the cutting edge of the blade/band


  • Always lay blades/bands on the floor
  • Do not prop them on a ledge where they could fall
  • Always move the top blade out of the way before changing the bottom band
  • Changing slitters is a one-person job


Slitter management carbide separationCarbide blades

Always check for carbide separation from the metal carrier.

If there is any visible separation, the band should be removed immediately

Dispose of this band so that it will no longer be used