Cold Work Applications

Cold work solutions

Due to cyclic mechanical loading and sliding contact between work material and tool surface, the active surfaces of the tool are successively damaged. The destruction of the tool will sooner or later lead to quality problems on the formed parts (out of tolerance or bad surface quality). The tool then has to be exchanged (total failure), reground or refurbished in some way.

This maintenance procedure means production standstill and accordingly loss of productivity. It is therefore very important that the tools can resist the different types of tool failure mechanisms in order to achieve high productivity and economical production.

The selection of the right tool steel is thus directly linked to the steels resistance to the actual tool failure mechanism for the application.

Relative comparision of the resistance to failure mechanisms (.pdf)

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