What Does ISO Stand for?
Customers often inquire about our ISO Certification. ISO stands for “International Organization for Standardization”,despite the fact that the letters are out of sequence. The name in different languages results in different acronyms. Thus, all 164 countries (who use ISO) agreed to use the ISO designation. (more…)
What Is a Waterjet Cutter?
A waterjet cutter is a versatile industrial tool that can be used to cut a wide variety of wearresistant steels and other materials such as wood and glass. The waterjet cuts through material by combininga very high-pressure jet of waterwith fine particles of garnet (60,000 to 90,000 psi). This combination “gouges out” or removes tiny particles of the wearresistant steel, which effectively makes the cut. Water alone with no garnet can be used to cut softer material such as wood, plastic or rubber. (more…)
Austenite and Martensite, in steel, refers to the microstructure of steel at the atomic level. During the tempering process or cooling, Austenite is transformed intoMartensite. The ideal wear resistant steel would have a combination of retained Austenite as well as some transformed Martensite. (more…)
All steel mills produce standard sizes of bars (i.e. flat, round, square) and plates (i.e. 48” x 96”, 96” x 240”, 120” x 288” etc.). Consequently, the fabricator must have equipment to cut the bars or plate to a size which they can use for further processing. Other than shearing, sawing, grinding or water jet, wear resistant steel is usually cut using heat to melt the material. There are 3 main processes and each has its advantages. (more…)
Impact resistance in wear resistant steel is usually defined as the amount of energy that a material can withstand when it is suddenly hit with a load or force. Think in terms of a steel plate or steel parts being hit by a very hard object like rocks hitting a grizzly screen. It is measured as the amount of force required to crack or deform the steel, and is measured in foot-pounds per inch or joules per centimeter. (more…)
Tool steels like Toolox 33 Steel and Toolox 44 Steel are designed to be made into tools, hence the name. Specifically, they are designed to be very hard, to resist deformation, resist wearing and, in some cases, to hold an edge. Toolox Steel is used to make tools for cutting, pressing, extruding, injection molding and to form other materials into tools. (more…)
There are three factors which determine how a wear resistant steel should be utilized. Hardness is a steel’s ability to withstand friction or wearing away by material sliding over its surface. Toughness is a steel’s ability to withstand impact or hitting. However, ideal hardness also requires ductility which allows the material to deform before cracking or breaking. (more…)