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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Tools Steels – Hardness
The next topic to discuss is rockwell hardness. Hardness is the resistance of metal to plastic deformation usually by indentation. Indentation is usually measured by various hardness tests, such as brinell, rockwell, knoop and vickers. The most common tests are brinell & rockwell scales.
The term hardness may also refer to resistance to […]
Tempering Tool Steel
The 7th process to discuss is tempering. Tempering is key in developing the final properties of the steel and, in the sequence of the heat treat cycle, is extremely important to perform immediately after quenching.
Tempering is reheating hardened steel to convert untempered martensite produced by the proper quenching cycle, to tempered martensite & […]
The 3rd term to be discussed is quenching and the desired outcome from this process.
The quenching operation is extremely important in setting up the proper microstructure of the steel. There are many mediums that can be used to quench steel such as oil, air, salt and steam to name a few.
The purpose of quenching is […]