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Tooling Tricks of the Trade

Reprinted with permission from The Fabricator, June 26, 2003.

A few tips for extending die life. As a tooling professional (whether you are a tool- and diemaker, engineer, press operator, or any other member of the team responsible for operating and maintaining that die), you quickly find that “making it work” is subjective. You may discover . . .  more »

Combating Tool Wear with Coatings

Reprinted with permission from STAMPING Journal, Jan. 16, 2003.

When will a coating help? Modern toolmaking methods and materials have reduced production time, cost, and headaches significantly over the last 20 years. But the rapid pace of the tooling revolution, coupled with extremely complex manufacturing technology, has left many . . .  more »

It Keeps Going for a Long Time

Reprinted with permission from Tooling & Production, August 1999.

Prolonging the life and performance of tooling can increase productivity and reduce tooling and tooling maintenance costs. To reduce wear and increase tooling life, many in the metalforming and shearing industries use tool treatment processes and coatings.  more »

Thermal Diffusion Process Can Extend Tooling Life

Reprinted with permission from MetalForming Magazine, May 1995.

The Thermal Diffusion (TD) Process is a surface modification technology – long used in Japan but only applied in the United States since 1988. A diffusion layer is formed on TD-treated materials, making the process superior to a simple hard coating.  more »

Coating Greatly Expands Tool Life

Reprinted with permission from American Machinist, November 1995 issue.

Thermal diffusion delivers long-lasting, dense, wear-resistant coatings that metallurgically bond to tooling and dies.  more »

Stamper Leads Fight Against Tooling Wear

Reprinted with permission from Tooling & Production, September 1993.

For TD Center, Columbus, IN, seeing the value of a salt bath coating process developed in Japan for extending the life of dies has taken on a business life of its own. Introduced a few years ago to this country, the Thermal Diffusion (TD) process has attracted a word-of-mouth . . .  more »

Treating Roll Tooling with the Thermal Diffusion Process

Reprinted with permission from The Fabricator, October 1993 issue.

How to Use the Technology in Roll Forming. This article describes how a diffusion layer is formed on Thermal Diffusion (TD)-treated materials. Case studies are provided to demonstrate actual results of TD applications in the roll forming industry.  more »

Greater Life for Forming Tools

Reprinted with permission from American Machinist, December 1991 issue.

Part runs can go from the thousands to the hundreds of thousands by imparting a thin vanadium-carbide layer into and onto the tool surface.  more »

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