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CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

PVD-coated grade insert

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Walter is expanding its Tiger·tec Gold range with the new WKK25G milling grade, featuring PVD aluminum oxide (Al2O3) coating.

The coating is part of a new coating generation that optimizes cutting-edge stability and therefore tool life.

The coating consists of gold-colored zirconium nitride (ZrN) top layer for the best friction characteristics and wear detection, an Al2O3 middle layer to resist high temperatures and a titanium aluminum nitride (TiAlN) layer on the carbide substrate for high wear resistance. As all cast iron materials contain silicon carbide (SiC), which is very abrasive to the cutting edge, superior reliability is ensured because of this balance between wear resistance and toughness.

The WKK25G grade is a specialist when milling today’s cast irons (ISO K material group), such as ductile cast iron. Specifically, the grade is ideal for unfavourable milling conditions, such as interrupted cuts, and for wet machining applications.

The grade meets requirements for process reliability, particularly in the automotive industry, and is suitable for highly abrasive workpiece materials. Successful applications include aerospace engine housing parts and automotive turbochargers and other engine components.

In these applications, Walter says the new grade managed to increase tool life compared to previous cutting tool materials by 30 per cent or more. The inserts are compatible with all standard Walter milling cutters and have an extremely smooth rake face to minimize friction.

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