Cryogenic Processing for Tools
Metal Cutting Tools
The types of metals used in the manufacture of cutting tools respond very well to the cryogenic process. The productive life of the tool can be increased many fold, though, as with many things, results vary.
The main reason for differences in post cryogenic processing lay with the wide amount of variables in the cutting process – speed – feed rate – depth of cut – coolant use - that is without even looking at the type of material being cut.
If you use the traditional ranges of tool steels (M,D,S) or if you use modern materials like ASP then there is a good chance that we will be able to help reduce your manufacturing costs. In some applications carbide tips will benefit.
Many of the applications and types of tools used for woodworking are very similar to the tools used for metalworking so it is no surprise that the benefits of cryogenic processing can be enjoyed in this industry sector as well.
Those in the industry know that wood can be unpredictable in its ability to consume tools, the composite type materials such as MDF and chipboard can be especially arduous.
One customer of ours, a large European manufacturer, moved the production capabilities of one of its tool sets from one unit to six units. Not only has this reduced the consumption of expensive carbide blades but also increased production rates through reduced down time.
Another company based in the Midlands who manufacture pallets has seen the life of large four inch band-saw blades go from four days to two weeks. Not only has the cutting tip remained sharper for longer but the frequent problem of the blade snapping due to poor annealing of the weld has been solved.
Some typical tool types that can benefit from cryogenic processing:-
Band saw blades - Chain saw blades - Chipper knives - Chisels - Circular saw blades - Formers - Jig saw blades - Moulding cutters - Planes - Routers - Saw blades
Paper, Print & Packaging
Cryogenic processing can help bring significant savings to this industry. Many of the cutting devices used are very like those used in other industries and so we know that we can change their characteristics to provide a far longer ‘in service’ life.
Because cryogenic processing treats the whole of the product, not just the surface, the benefits are there to be enjoyed even after regrinding items like expensive guillotine blades, slitters and perforation tools. As the grain structure of the material treated is finer, less is removed to regrind as the wear pattern is usually less. So not only do you get a greater ‘in service’ time between regrinds but you may also get more regrinds per tool before it needs replacing.
The types of devices that can benefit from cryogenic processing:-
Calendar Rolls - Slitter Blades - Guillotines - Perforators - Dies & Stamps - Granulators - Punches & Drills - Razor Blades - Shredder Blades.