Mold users are driving an increased use of physical vapor deposition (PVD) coatings, and this has generated questions and concerns from mold builders as they select materials from which to manufacture their molds. Learn more in this article from Uddeholm USA adn voestalpine eifeler Coatings.
Foundries all over the world are working to a system that enables the production of a specified amount of requested casted products to their customer. The production series of these products are set at an early stage and determines the amount of the order. 100 000 identical cast parts can be ordered and the total cost is a direct impact of the amount of tools desired to fulfil the quota of 100 000 parts. A premium tool steel for high pressure die casting has potential to fulfil a 100 000 quota. This mindset, brings value of die economy in minimized tooling and downtime cost, foundries would benefit from adopting this mindset when selecting a die tool steel and not the single die cost. We will discuss what actions can be considered in the HPDC industry so the correct die steel is selected to solve the most costly problem in the supply chain. The focus will be on HPDC industry which is the main market for Uddeholm but the principles apply to all hot applications.
Sebastian Sivertsen, Application Manager Hot Work materials at Uddeholm (2020)
In today’s market, time is of the essence for tool producers. Recent years have seen an increasing trend in machining more tools in hard condition, not only to meet the market demand and shorter delivery times, but also to save both time and money on less heat treatment. Naturally the next step to further decrease the production time is to dispose of costly and time dem-anding coatings. Until now this has not been possible. Uddeholm Idun changes this by being the first patented corrosion resistant tool holder grade on the market.