Seco Tools has developed the first PCBN grade for finishing of nickel-based super alloys found in automotive, aerospace and power generation components, reducing machining time by up to 45% and improving tool life by 40% as compared to whisker ceramics.
Troy, MI (Vocus) November 22, 2010
Seco Tools has announced the availability of its new CBN 170 grade, the first PCBN grade ever developed specifically for the finish turning of nickel-based super alloys commonly found in aerospace, power generation and automotive components. Designed for both toughness and wear-resistance, CBN 170 works well in materials such as Inconel 718, UDIMET, Waspaloy, MAR M and others. In field tests run using CBN 170, it has increased tool life by 40% and cutting speed by 45% as compared to whisker ceramics.
Designed to satisfy the exacting surface finish, tolerance and length of cut requirements typically found in finishing operations for nickel-based super alloys, CBN 170 incorporates a unique whisker ceramic binder, which enhances tool life and reduces insert indexes. These whiskers of silicon carbide crystals add tensile strength and fracture toughness to the grade.
The new grade can be applied to finish machining of hardened and unhardened nickel-based superalloys from cast, forged, powdered metal or machined from solid source. It can achieve depths of cut up to 0.020” at cutting speeds of 900 – 1300 sfpm. Designed for continuous cutting applications, coolant must be applied to the operation.
To further enhance tool life, Seco recommends the use of its Jetstream tooling, which delivers coolant at high pressures close to the cutting edge, cooling the work area and producing smaller, hard, brittle chips.
For more information on CBN 170, visit http://www.secotools.com/CBN170 or email secotools(dot)us(at)secotools(dot)com.
Seco Tools Inc. is part of Seco Tools AB (Fagersta, Sweden), a world leader in metalworking technologies. Seco is committed to solving its customers’ ever-increasing demands for greater productivity, quality and cost-effectiveness by offering a full range of tools for milling, turning, holemaking, and threading applications as well as service and software solutions. Its cutting tools and related technologies are sold through a network of more than 250 authorized distributors in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
For additional information:
Nancy Lesinski, 248 709 3040 / nancylesinski(at)lesinski-associates(dot)com
Seco Tools Inc.
2805 Bellingham Drive
Troy, MI 48083
Phone: 800 832 8326