The invention of the slitter rewinder really shook the industrial scene. What used to be work done in several days’ time got trimmed down to mere hours – minutes even! Surely, anyone who’s in the “rolled goods” industry like adhesive tapes, newsprint, tin foil, and tissue paper amongst other things, appreciate the convenient, time-saving attributes of a slitter rewinder.
I’m telling you, slitting and rewinding raw materials into finished products have never been easy. That is, not until slitter rewinders came into play!
Wait, I might be getting ahead of myself. First things first, do you even know what a slitter rewinder is? Well, let’s turn back a few steps and do a short recap.
What Are Slitter Rewinders?
Have you ever wondered how tissue rolls were produced in massive amounts every day? Surely, you don’t think that a person can cut and roll anything like that perfectly now – can you?
Slitter rewinders are industrial machines that help people get tedious jobs done when it comes to rolled products – slitting and rewinding. Slitting from the word “slit” means “to cut.” Rewinding would be the process of reversing something – or in this case, rolling something backward.
Rewinders have long been invented. If I can recall my history lessons correctly, it was some time after the printing press – which was also a ground-breaking invention back then – was in full blast and the demand for copy paper was beyond crazy.
Someone had to produce paper in bulk. And the one best way to transport paper without being crumpled or torn is to roll it like a burrito. Only back then, the paper burrito was taller than a seven-year-old! It would take several people to complete one, tight paper roll and labour costs weren’t all-forgiving.
This signalled the need for a contraption that can help alleviate the problem – a machine that is half the expense and can be thrice as productive in the long run, the Rewinder.
After a few more years, manufacturers were faced with another problem. The rewinder was doing the rolling, but as soon as the big packages arrived, people would still have to undo the roll and cut the big hunk of material into smaller, convenient pieces.
The need for a better, more encompassing system soon plagued the industry. And so, the slitter rewinder, an offshoot of the rewinder machine was invented.
This time, the machine holds three functions: unwind, slit, and rewind (see reference). This means that the ginormous rolls rewinders manage to create are “de-rolled” by the slitter rewinder, sliced into setting proportional sections, and rewind back to a smaller core. Creating a product that is handy, easy to use, and definitely more marketable.
How Did Slitter Rewinders Help Improve Industries?
When tasks become automated, labour costs go down. This would mean that there is less need for actual people to accomplish certain jobs. For countries or industries suffering from insufficient manpower, this should be an advantage.
However, I can’t say the same for places with high unemployment rates. Anyway, we can discuss the pros and cons of automating industry work some other time. For now, let’s get back to slitter rewinders.
So machines help businesses cut down on manpower costs. In turn, product prices will also drop. Why? It’s basically because of two things:
- Capital Savings
- Mass Production
Labour costs are included in the equation when businesses appraise the goods they produce. The more money they spend on developing and manufacturing a product, the higher will be its selling price. However, when companies can save a few zeros on overall labour costs, the value of a certain product will also decrease.
Businesses who want to earn the masses’ favour are likely to drop their market prices. They’ll practically earn the same amount of profit per sale. However, lower prices would entice more people to buy. So by going low, they get high. Makes sense?
Second, product prices will drop because automating a process would mean being able to produce twice, thrice, or maybe five times more of a certain good compared to when it was manually prepared.
By using machines, companies won’t have to worry about work fatigue, accidents, or even employee turnover. All they need to care about is maintenance costs and it’s hardly even a worry!
Low Labor Costs = Low Product Capital = Lower Prices
Mass Production = More Products To Sell
It’s that simple. Slitter rewinders are actually pretty neat, huh?
Well, thanks for reading!