From start to finish ACT production processes include high tech equipment and advanced technology and procedures to create precision tools.
We begin the production process by purchasing high grade diamond and boron nitride materials such as PCD/CBN from vendors who are recognized in the industry for their quality products that meet the rigorous product standards for the tooling industry. Characteristics of their products include varying levels of hardness, particle size, thermal stability and purity of compounds.
Under high pressure and high temperature, PCD/CBN materials are commonly formed into a thin round shape and bonded onto a carbide backing. These wafers are then used in the manufacturing of precision tool inserts and tipped tools.
Experience meets machine
With over 50 years of experience in manufacturing standard carbide brazed tools, we have taken the knowledge we have gained working with equipment, technology and materials and have applied it to our production process. Production equipment has been tailored (modified) to enhance the intricacy of cutting tight corners, patterns and cuts. Wire cut EDM equipment is run by CNC (computer numerically controlled) instruments which can control the wire on a three dimensional axis to provide greater flexibility in meeting the challenges of machining precision tools. In the hands of a skilled operator, the equipment performs in perfect synchrony with the programmed data.
Speed, Accuracy, Consistency
Induction brazing has the advantages of speed, accuracy and consistency. With faster heating cycles, targeted heat application and rapid cool down process; induction brazing provides better joint quality, and consistent repeatable results.
Induction brazing is targeted to very small areas with tight production tolerances. Only the segment of PCD and CBN to be jointed are heated. Heating these very small areas eliminates repeated exposure of intense heat to the fixtures and increases the life of the fixtures.
Better quality joints
When heated to an exact temperature and rapidly cooled, the filler is prevented from creeping into areas it shouldn’t. This creates clean concise joints.
Fast heating cycles
Induction heating cycles achieve exact heating and cooling temperatures quickly and allow for more parts to be processed and less heat consumption in production.
Skilled operators control the outcome of consistent quality results. Variables like time, temperature, fixturing and part positioning are controllable and repeatable.
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