Machine knives are industrial cutting tools used in equipment for a variety of applications and industries. Machine knives and industrial machine blades are used in metal working, food processing, packaging, rubber and tire manufacturing, paper finishing, and textiles industries. Applications for machine knives and blades include rotary cutting, guillotine cutting, cross cutting, slicing, slitting, dicing, and shredding.
The design and construction of a machine knife depends upon its intended application. They may be produced in a variety of forms, including circular, straight, and toothed, and may be constructed using carbide steel, tool steel, or ceramic materials.
A variety of machine knives, showing the differences in shape, size, and configuration.
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