Element Six Promotes Longer Tool Life Technology
Element Six, the world’s leading synthetic diamond supermaterials group,has announced that its HardZone™ encapsulation technology can increases construction tool life by 34%. ‘Concrete cutting tests with our HardZone™ encapsulation technology showed a 34.6% increase in tool life in comparison with standard mixed particle blades.This is an extremely cost-effective ground-breaking technology which will prove attractive to tool manufacturers. We are keen to work with tool makers to unlock these benefits of encapsulation in their tool blade designs,’ said Dr David Egan, Senior Metallurgist at Element Six.
Encapsulation of synthetic diamond is the process of building up metal bond material around the synthetic diamond particle to the extent that the particle is completely enveloped by a sufficient quantity of bond powder to produce a sintered cutting segment.
‘Encapsulation ensures excellent synthetic diamond distribution on a tool blade. At Element Six we have taken encapsulation to a new level with the addition of HardZone™ technology, which incorporates a bond material with a better wear resistance as a first layer directly surrounding the synthetic diamond, with a subsequently applied outer layer of standard metal bond material. The purpose of this is to improve the tool’s wear resistance and enable higher synthetic diamond protrusion, as well as providing the expected uniform synthetic diamond distribution,’ explained Dr David Egan.
Element Six HardZone™ encapsulation is now commercially available to tool manufacturers and can transform the economics of tool manufacturing tool in the stone and construction industries by streamlining production processes and reducing manufacturing costs.
Please visit www.e6.com/encapsulation for more details on Element Six HardZone™ encapsulation technology, including the paper presented by Dr. David Egan at the 1st International Conference on Stone & Concrete Machining.