Film and tape slitters are used the world over for unpacking palletised goods and cartons, so they are produced to similar designs by a large number of manufacturers. But how similar? And what are the key features that make the difference between mediocre and star performer?

The three factors that need to be considered are safety, comfort and control.

Slitter blades are extremely sharp and can easily cause injury and damage, particularly if they are put in a pocket or hung from a lanyard, but safety features cannot be allowed to interfere with efficient use. Enclosing the blade between deeply recessed jaws prevents contact with the blade and the slitter can be safely kept in a pocket or hung from a lanyard. The profile of these jaws is also a critical factor, as they must lift the film to prevent snagging on underlying obstacles such as protruding carton corners, and allow the film to easily clear the blade so that no jamming occurs.

Constant use can easily cause fatigue and muscle strain if a slitter doesn’t fit comfortably into the hand. The body of the slitter must therefore be comfortable for left and right handed users, irrespective of hand size. Ergonomicallypositioned indented finger grips and a thumb rest allow the tool to be held at a natural angle, reduce slippage and increase control.

The size and profile of the tape slitter is also critical, as it must be capable of perforating a carton tape seal without damaging the carton’s contents and again, safe to store in a pocket or on a lanyard.

The CX3 Cruze Cutter is unique to Pacplan, patent protected and manufactured exclusively for them. To create the perfect design, Pacplan worked extensively with product designers, end users and market trials before launching what has become the best film and tape slitter on the market.

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