Ceratizit's Dragonskin multi-layer coating lowers heat and lessens tool wear.

Tooling Innovations that Further Manufacturers’ Performance

May 25, 2022
Custom-tooling developer Ceratizit will demonstrate coatings and treatments at IMTS 2022, along with solid-carbide tools and inserts and monitoring and optimization technologies.

CERATIZIT USA will present numerous tooling innovations to attendees at IMTS 2022 – booth 431900 – including its new new Dragonskin coating, multifunctional EcoCut tools, and a four-flute solid carbide drill. An in-process machine monitoring and optimization system also will be demonstrated, among the various advancements meant to help manufacturers enhance the quality of their products, and the productivity and output of their operations.

The custom-tooling manufacturer’s new Dragonskin multi-layer coating lowers heat and lessens tool wear. To prevent cutting edge waste and detect wear easily, the gold-colored TiN outer layer of the Dragonskin multilayer CVD Ti(C,N)/Al2O3/TiN coating acts as an indicator. It allows users to identify wear and index before a breakage while preventing sharp cutting edges from going unused or an insert being discarded prematurely.

In addition, a mechanical post-coating treatment produces beneficial residual stress in the coating for increased process security.

At IMTS 2022, CERATIZIT will feature EcoCut and WTX-HFDS tools with the Dragonskin coating for further enhancement of their performance and wear resistance. The multifunction EcoCut solid-carbide and insert tools reduce set-up time and increase productivity with support for four separate machining processes: drilling, with stationary or rotating tools or for turning face, inner and outer contours. EcoCut Classic, Mini, and ProfileMaster versions address various diameters and bores for high performance in steel, stainless steel and high-temperature materials.

The CERATIZIT WTX-HFDS – the industry's first four-flute, solid-carbide drill – sports a pyramid-point geometry that distributes cutting forces equally to all cutting edges, for longer overall tool life and precise, aggressive performance in steel and other materials.

Dragonskin coating reduces the coefficient of friction and heat. Optimal cooling via four continuous internal spiral coolant holes retains core stability for safe, effective performance and reduced tool costs, while four chip flutes provide secure and quick evacuation. Low burr formation on hole entries and exits eliminates the need for time-consuming secondary processing.

As part of Industry 4.0 digital connectivity and process optimization, at IMTS 2022 CERATIZIT will demonstrate its ToolScope system for digital monitoring and control of machining operations. The system records a continuous stream of signal data generated by machine tools during production, then visualizes the data for machine monitoring and adjustment. Real-time identification of deviations from process control enables automatic optimization of manufacturing processes.

Such monitoring can prevent overloads, and machine protection immediately triggers an emergency stop for any impact collisions. Full capture of tool-life and machining-time data clarifies tool wear and machine downtime, with full control of workpiece parameters to ensure part quality.

Get more information at www.CERATIZIT.com

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