Hot work is one of the most challenging areas of manufacturing with demands on the die and tool steel always increasing. Most of the application areas share similar problems such as:
Part manufacturers are under pressure to reduce the cost of each part produced and here at Uddeholm we can help to optimize performance of your tooling with the correct choice of tool steel to best solve your problems.
Choosing the right tool steel for the application becomes more and more important as the demands on the tool increases. What are these demands? The tool must have sufficient wear resistance. The tool must perform reliably and not fail due to premature chipping, cracking or plastic deformation. An optimal tooling economy – the lowest possible tooling cost (including maintenance) per part produced – can only be achieved if the correct tool steel for the application in question is used.
Plastic molding requires unique properties from the tool material. At Uddeholm we have very good knowledge of the challenges in the plastic molding industry. With these challenges in mind, we have developed our tool materials with features like:
A material with the right combination of features makes your tools perform longer and create more profit for your business.
Uddeholm Component Business offers a first class tool steel solution for applications where conventional engineering or tool steel is insufficient. Choosing the most suitable steel grade is an important decision to make when one is designing products subject to heavy loads, heavy wear, corrosion or high temperatures. The qualities of Uddeholm tool steel contribute to an optimized design, increased performance, less maintenance cost and the best total tooling economy.