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slittingConversion Technologies International (CTI) is an experienced manufacturing company with satisfied clients in most industries. They are an undisputed leader in adhesive coatings. In fact, everyone from small start-ups to international corporations turn to them for help. What makes them an industry leader is their commitment to service for clients. They view each and every customer as a partner. That mentality informs everything they do. For example, they realized the need to build out slitting and die cutting services for adhesive coating clients. Rather than not being able to accommodate clients who needed it, they built up this increasingly specialized ability.

CTI maintains state-of-the-art facilities equipped with several flat-bed die cutters and slitting machines. That means that they have the unique ability to cut from sheet or rolled form. They can even cut sheet metal for many applications. Best of all, they have built their facilities with customization in mind. By arranging their equipment in a modular fashion, they are able to quickly facilitate many types of projects. That means they have the capability to cut materials up to 5/8” in thickness. Plus, they can handle custom width sheet sizes as large as 40” X 60” and rolled materials as wide as 60”.

Even better, they are well-versed in solving shipping challenges associated with these large materials. That ability means that manufacturers can send materials to CTI and trust they will return them on time and on budget. Need to save time? Have them act as a point in the supply chain and forward materials on to another location. So, clients that need custom sheeting or conversion of materials can trust this partner to handle the job.

What is Slitting Anyway?

So, what exactly is slitting? Slitting is a type of shearing operation in which a large roll of material is cut into narrower rolls. This process is often called roll slitting due to the configuration of the process. A sheet of material is fed into a slitting head from a stationary mandrel to create the usable pieces or slices. The most useful application is in trimming down bulk material into a width or thickness that is more appropriate for the end product.

There are two primary categories of the slitting process: log slitting and rewind slitting. In log slitting, a roll of metal or other material is known as a whole, or a log. During this process, one of more slices are cut from the log without unrolling or re-reeling. A slitter rewinder feeds unwound web through a steel knife or shear. Then, it rewinds the material onto a mandrel to form narrower rolls.

These narrower rolls of material are sometimes called “mults,” an abbreviation for multiples. If the diameter is much more than the width, they are referred to as pancaked. In some products, the rows need to be particularly narrow and/or thin. This can cause the pancakes to be unstable. In these cases, the rewind can go onto a bobbin-wound reel. These bobbins are much wider than the slit width, which allows the web to oscillate across the reel. This reinforces their strength and stability. But it also allows operators to put very long lengths onto a single bobbin—sometimes as much as miles of material.

Benefits of Slitting

The slitting process can provide many benefits to manufacturers. After all, steel slitting, as described above, can help create useful materials. But there are many additional benefits to rewind slitting and log splitting. These benefits include:

  • Consistency—high-quality products require consistency in materials. Cutting slit rolls from different rolls can produce inconsistent results. By utilizing the slitting process, manufacturers can reproduce quality materials every time.
  • Efficiency—modern slitter and coil positioning systems can save time and money. They utilize set-width changes, master coil changes, roll changes, and re-coring. This can save time, manpower, and money during the slitting process.
  • Shipping—another benefit of slitting is re-purposing materials for easier shipping. For example, the cut materials can be created in a central location. That facility can then send materials to other locations.
  • Quality—top quality knife and steel cutting systems help ensure consistent quality. That makes the products they will be applied to stronger. The first, last, and middle of every roll will be the same high-quality.

Having access to high-quality, easily-to-ship rolls can help set a company up for success. This can lead to increased productivity, reduced manufacturing costs, and shortened production cycles. All of this leads up to more savings and increased profits. In fact, estimates show that efficient slitting and rewinding can save up to $0.10 per pound in production costs. Taking advantage of CTI’s advanced capabilities can help your company see these increased profits.

CTI is the Industry Leader

It’s clear that CTI offers top-notch slitting and die cutting services to help their clients. In fact, they can combine innovative technology and creative solutions with the right competitive edge to convert most materials, including:

· Cardboard

· Vinyl

· Paper

· Non-woven,

· Foam

· Cloth

· & many more!

In addition to these services, they specialize in:

Adhesive Coatings

In the manufacturing world, coatings need to be applied to a wide range of products. For example, a component of a product might need a coating to be used as a primer or to increase surface tension. Or, a component may need added pressure sensitivity or heat resistance. Here, you will have the capabilities to apply coatings to achieve any of these enhancements. Their experts can handle the following materials:

· Acrylic

· Latex

· Acetate

· Neoprene

· Silicone

· Urethane

· & many more!

Plus, they can process many different classes of coatings. From hot melts to water-based, thermoplastic to water-repellent or fire-retardant, their experts can handle it all. Their innovative facility includes hot air drying and room temperature curing to handle all adhesive processes. That means they can raise cure temperatures up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. And they can accommodate widths up to 120 inches and rolls that weight up to 2,000 pounds. That means they can apply adhesive coating from less than one millimeter up to 60 millimeters.


Custom lamination requires leading equipment and engineering expertise. CTI has both, plus the ability to match the right lamination to any application. They can utilize the following methods:

· Slot die

· Roll coater

· Gravure coating

· Hot roll

· Belt lamination spray coating

· & many more!

A Personalized Approach to Service

Of course, capabilities only get you so far. What makes them different is their commitment to customer service. And that commitment starts with a personal, customized solution for each and every client. That’s why they have developed their own five-step process:

  1. Initial Consultation—an initial consultation is the foundation of any successful manufacturing partnership. This stage allows for knowledge sharing and alignment of goals and capabilities. It also helps to save time throughout the rest of the process.
  2. Research & Development—testing out a new material or technique can have huge rewards. But it also can cost huge sums of money to do. But with this partner, clients can use their equipment and facilities to run these tests and improve products.
  3. Lab Testing/Sample—some products require a sample. After all, there’s no better way to evaluate something than by holding the real thing in your hand. That’s why the ability to produce a sample at any stage of this process is critical. Even better, costs are often minimal to non-existent, depending on materials used.
  4. Pilot Run—some companies skip the pilot run phase. They figure that the chances are good that no problems will arise in production. But when they do this, it can sometimes cost huge sums of money. By running a pilot on every project, you will eliminate that risk. This is one of the many ways they help maximize the chances for a successful full production run.
  5. Production—only after all steps are complete can the final stage begin. Though it is the most important, it can also be the least stressful. Of course, that’s only the case when clients choose CTI’s unique process. Give your company the best chance of success by partnering with the experts.

A History of Delivering Success

Capabilities are perfect for clients across multiple industries, including:

  • Automotive
  • Medical
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products and Packaging
  • Marine
  • Aircraft
  • Textiles
  • Furniture
  • Roofing

This facility can offer custom sheeting with a steel or rewind slitter. Their expert tooling and steel blade equipment can create the right slit edge for any application.

It’s no wonder, then, that clients of all sizes choose to take advantage of their services. A small manufacturer might need help with guidance and testing of new materials. A large manufacturer might need to contract some custom slitting steps in the process with them for additional capacity. Still, an international manufacturer may need some help in product enhancement or improvement. No matter the size of the company, they have the solution. They utilize nearly three decades of experience to help local, regional, national, and even global manufacturers. In fact, they have partnered with some of the biggest companies in the world, including:

  • Ford
  • Clorox
  • Dupont
  • Firestone
  • Hanes
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Valspar
  • and many more

But it’s not just large companies that can benefit from this knowledge and expertise. They pride themselves on helping companies of all sizes. That’s why their services are designed to be used by any company. Their state-of-the-art facility and specialized techniques are perfect for companies from startups to Fortune 500 corporations. From engineering guidance to shipping solutions, CTI can handle it all. Best of all, they handle every project smoothly, delivering on time and on budget.

Free, No-Obligation Quotes

For more than 25 years, CTI has been the industry leader in adhesive coatings. Founded in 1993 in West Unity, Ohio, they are centrally located to serve clients across the country. Their combination of experience and expertise is what makes them such a valuable partner. Plus, they can handle the shipping challenges that stop many other companies from truly helping. Their central location, advanced capabilities, and unmatched experience make them the ideal partner.

But to truly be a leader takes more than just industry-leading capabilities. It takes an unmatched commitment to customer service. And that’s precisely what they deliver. They believe in treating every client like a full partner. That partnership spans delivering leading services backed by full capabilities. But it also involves expert guidance and help with solving even the most complex challenges. So how do they do this? By delivering customized solutions for each and every client, helping with everything from manufacturing and conversion to shipping.

Of course, this customization makes it difficult to provide list prices for projects. After all, costs involve many different factors. Everything from size, volume, materials, complexity, and other factors. But CTI knows that customers need solid pricing information for planning and budget purposes. That’s why they make it easy for clients to get this information. Just fill out this easy-to-use quote form. The form asks for basic information, as well as more details on the specifics of the project. Once they receive the form, their expert team will be in touch with more information.

To get started, fill out the form or give them a call today at 419-924-5566 to speak with an expert.