HOW TO LOWER TOOLING COSTS
BY USING LOW-FRICTION COATINGS
As manufacturing becomes more global and more competitive, industries are forced to reevaluate how they look at cutting tools and machining processes.
Logically, if a manufacturer invests in a high quality machine tool, but not the associated tooling, one may not be capitalizing on the true potential of their investment. Equivalently, if a manufacturer’s processes are not evolving with increases in tooling technology, one may not be reaching the potential of their prior investments. Either way, productivity yields profitably and the manufacturing mentality has changed from trying to be “the best in a field” to “the best in the world.”
The purpose of this report is to explain coating technology, describe recent coating advancements and illustrate differences with machining examples.