Various types of tools are being produced to ensure that they can help manufacturers fulfil their primary operations. And for these tools to be effective, they must be made from materials that are durable, reliable, efficient, consistent, and long-lasting.
One of the materials that are being used for generating tools is the tool steel. Tool steels are materials that are comprised of carbon and alloying elements like tungsten, chromium, vanadium, and molybdenum. The mixture of these elements allows tool steels to obtain distinctive hardness and resistance to abrasion, deformation, and elevated temperatures.
Choosing the Most Appropriate Tool Steels
To accommodate the needs of various applications, industries use tools that are made from different tool steel grades. Some grades of tool steels are cold-working tool steels, oil-hardening tool steel, air-hardening tool steels, high-speed tool steels, hot-working tool steels, and shock-resisting tool steels.
When choosing the right grade of tool steel, one should first consider the main purpose of the tool. If the tool will be used in applications that are subjected to huge impacts, then one should go for shock-resisting tool steels. If the tool, alternatively, will be used at low or high temperatures, then cold-working or hot-working tool steels can be maximised, respectively. High-speed tools can then be utilised for high-speed applications as they can withstand high temperatures and tool wear.
As for cost-effective applications, water-hardening tool steels are known to be the best option since they have quality mechanical properties without costing too much money.
An Overview of Shock-Resisting Tool Steel
Shock-resisting tool steels, as mentioned before, are best used for applications that are subjected to huge impacts and shock. And one reason behind this preference is that they are among the strongest tool steels available in the market today. Based on the AISI classification system, shock-resisting tool steels are under group S steels.
Various types of shock-resisting tool steels can be fully utilised by manufacturers. These types are S1, S2, S5, S6, and S7 shock-resisting tool steels. Types S1, S5, and S6 steels are oil quenched, while type S2 steels are water quenched. S7 shock-resisting tool steels, ultimately, boast some portions that are air-cooled, while others are oil quenched. One key difference among these shock-resisting tool steels lies in their overall hardenability.
Aside from their resistance to shocks, shock-resisting tool steels are also known for their resistance to wear and shock-loading. They also have high strength, toughness, and hardness. These qualities allow them to be very useful in creating tools like chisels, screwdrivers, shear blades, and punches.
Quality Tool Steels from Gunna Engineering
To obtain excellent tool materials for your application, you can contact us at Gunna Engineering. We take pride in producing the highest quality punches, dies, and blades available. We endeavour to keep stock on hand for some of the most popular machines and achieve the quickest turnaround time possible.