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Avoid Failure – Select The Right Tool Steel For The Job

The most common mistake made when selecting tooling material is letting low price drive the selection process over productivity and tool life considerations. When price alone is the driving influence, it usually ends badly with everything grinding to a halt. Parts aren’t being made, quite often there is a cascade of downstream consequences as well.

There […]

By |September 21st, 2017|Tool Steel|Comments Off on Avoid Failure – Select The Right Tool Steel For The Job

A Business Case for Precision Ground Flat Tool Steel

We all know the old saying, ‘time is money,’ but nobody knows it better than a production job shop or OEM manufacturer.  It’s all about time – cycle time, down time, turn-around time, just-in-time and the list goes on.  Time is not only an economic driver for all shops, it is also a major factor […]

By |August 10th, 2017|Company Profile, Tool Steel|Comments Off on A Business Case for Precision Ground Flat Tool Steel

Stamping and Forming Applications

Are you getting the most out of your punches and dies, or just carrying on?

Complacency is one of the biggest contributors to low productivity on the shop floor. Every time a machine is taken offline for a punch or die change due to wear or breakage, production comes to a grinding halt. Too often shops […]

By |July 10th, 2017|heat treating, Tool Steel|Comments Off on Stamping and Forming Applications

We Distribute Tool Steel from New Hampshire, North Carolina and California

Here’s a closer look at Hudson Tool Steel, California

I wanted to give you a chance to take a look at our California staff. Our office in California has been in place since 2002, now in our fifth facility. A little over a year ago we moved from our Orange, CA location to our current location […]

By |May 13th, 2017|Company Profile, Tool Steel|Comments Off on We Distribute Tool Steel from New Hampshire, North Carolina and California

Planning on Attending Eastec?

Join us at the Hudson Tool Steel booth, #5862, Tuesday, May 16th through Thursday, May 18th.

Our booth will be staffed with many years of tool steel expertise and we will be highlighting our online store and special discounts. Come by and see how easy it is to place orders using our Website. We’ll load […]

By |May 13th, 2017|Company Profile, Tool Steel|Comments Off on Planning on Attending Eastec?

Elements in Tool Steel

In this post, we would like to discuss the elements that make up tool & high speed steels. What do these elements do to provide the mechanical and physical properties we need for our applications? The most common elements are the following:

CARBON (C): this is the most basic alloying element which enables steel to harden. […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Tool Steel|Comments Off on Elements in Tool Steel

EDM or Electrical Discharge Machining

EDM or Electrical Discharge Machining is the burning/melting of the steel to form a tool or part. Proper heat treat of the steel is an ABSOLUTE MUST in preparing for the EDM process; 3 tempers minimum is required. When sinker EDM was introduced, the part/tool was made 1st and then heat treated after the EDM […]

By |October 4th, 2016|Tool Steel|Comments Off on EDM or Electrical Discharge Machining

What grade of steel do I need to use?

A customer is building a tool/part and wants to know what grade of steel do I need to use? Here are some good starting questions to ask. This list doesn’t cover everything, but it will help to get the conversation started and help narrow down your options more quickly:

What performance do I want […]

By |September 16th, 2016|Tool Steel|Comments Off on What grade of steel do I need to use?