A new series of standards will measure energy supplied to CNC machine tools, and to define future machine design and performance. It may mean greener machine tools, as well as a new way to determine the value of performance in manufacturing.
The primary differences are the amounts of carbon combined with iron during the refining process. After that, other mineral elements may be added to achieve tensile strength, temperature resistance, and ductility, or other qualities.
Proper seating of toolholders would lower labor costs per part, allow for more competitive bidding on jobs, increase profit margins, and reduce the need to invest in new capital equipment to meet production demands.