When it comes to cutting tools we are the world leaders in automated edge honing, cleaning and polishing systems
In fact, we can incorporate up to seven processes in one automated wet-blasting system offering tremendous scope for productivity improvements and excellent ROI. With the ability to process 30,000 pieces per day they’re actually some of the highest capacity systems on the planet. And it’s worth noting we have systems that are particularly well suited to tungsten carbide and high speed steel inserts, round shank tools, hobs, taps and milling cutters.
Vapormatt have developed some of the highest levels of expertise in the world when it comes to the edge honing, cleaning and polishing of cutting tools after grinding. Continued innovation has allowed us to develop wet blasting systems that can incorporate up to seven processes, allowing manufacturers to bring several stages into one system.
Our applications are very well suited to the manufacturers of tungsten carbide and high speed steel inserts, round shank tools, hobs, taps and milling cutters. With some of the highest capacity systems on the globe available for this application, Vapormatt are able to give you the capacity to process up to 30,000 pieces per day in a single unit.
The application of a radius to the critical cutting edges of your tools will greatly improve the tool life and consequently increase the value of each component. Having patented several pump designs, process control and jigging methods, Vapormatt can provide controllable wet blast processes which consistently and accurately achieve edge radii within +/- 10um of your specification.
As well as offering very consistent edge radii the wet blasting process also offers further benefits. With systems utilising up to 32 gun heads during processing, all tools subject to the Vapormatt wet blast process respond extremely well to any downstream PVD or CVD coatings that may be applied. With a Vapormatt finish, any coatings applied will be significantly more durable when compared with alternative processes.
This case study clearly demonstrates why we're the world leaders when it comes to the surface finishing of cutting tools.
The brief for this Tiger wet-blasting system was to dramatically improve the surface finish of cutting tool inserts prior to coating whilst making huge leaps forward in productivity.
The Tiger has completely transformed what was once a multi-stage labour intensive process into one seamless highly productive process. The use of robotics and advanced process control reliably delivers perfectly clean cutting tool inserts with highly reactive surfaces for flawless coating adhesion.
Our global leaderships is thanks to decades of development by our dedicated R&D team and numerous patents, like our Elutriation Tower that, when combined our concentration meter and abrasive dosing systems, continually controls blast media concentration levels whilst automatically replacing spent media with new media. This eliminates the need for operators to draw samples, test concentration levels off line and replace blast media manually.
Tiger wet-blasting system with pre-wash for the surface preperation of cutting tool inserts prior to coating: