Cemented carbide is a rugged material that is well known for its use in cutting tool manufacturing. Compared to high-velocity steel or other material tools, carbide cutters are known for providing better surface finish and faster machining. Carbide and cermet grade tools are thus well known for wood and stone working that leaves perfect finish after cutting. Another great takeaway of carbide materials is that they are evidently less prone to wear and tear compared to other cutting tool materials.
The tooling industry has emerged as one of the vital contributors to the metal industry with continued innovation. European tooling industry, in particular, has been known for its remarkable technical expertise, skilled workforce and exceptional know-how of the manufacturing process. One of the pioneers in the European tooling industry is Ceratizit, which is serving in the tooling industry for almost 95 years. Ceratizit is the industry leader in crafting sophisticated hard material cutting tools, indexable inserts and carbide rods, and cermet grades for wood and stone working.
One of the important aspects of carbide as an element is its recyclability. The elemental recycling process of tungsten carbide involves regrinding or rebuilding individual pieces into a usable tool. Advanced recycling of the element is carried out to obtain high-quality carbide grades. In this process, existing carbide products are deformed into powder form to fully recycle the material in an efficient way. Apart from recyclability, cemented carbide tools have a long life span when restored regularly. Restoring the old tool is an effective strategy to improve the life span of a tool and carry out cost-efficient operations. A tool has to reach a certain wear capacity sooner or later but an expert restoration of the tool revives its health and makes it efficient once again, almost like a new one.
Logistics and supply chain management is essential for the tooling industry because certain sophisticated tools are exclusively assembled at some specialized manufacturing units. Logistics is a vast field of operation which may include warehousing, shipping, importing and exporting and returns. Quality tools are a must but streamlined supply chain management places those tools into customers’ hands. Easy and quick returns strengthen the trust factor of potential customers towards the product-delivering company.
Another driving force for the carbide tooling industry is the increasing demand for OEM Services. The ability to craft tailored tools for specific requirements is something only the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) can deliver. OEMs are competent in their expertise and their detail-driven approach addresses all of the challenges faced in the custom tool manufacturing process. These OEMs have even developed complex on-demand carbide tool designing systems to address the smallest individual product manufacturing requests.
The tooling industry went on replacing high-speed steel with carbide due to its superiority and over the past decade, it has been omnipresent in cutting tools. Its elemental ability to improve cutting speeds and feeds marked a huge transition for the tooling industry and contributed exceedingly to this ever-evolving industry. Implementing cutting-edge technology, the tooling industry has and will always strive for excellence and innovation.
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