2 Ways That PCD Tooling Enhances Manufacturing Efficiency
Manufacturers rely on many types of heavy machinery and equipment to complete their daily tasks. However, in a live production environment, being able to complete the manufacturing process is often not enough. As requirements pile up, manufacturing efficiency must be optimized to meet the demands of the modern world. There are many areas where manufacturers can look to reduce or remove manufacturing bottlenecks.
One area that is often overlooked is cutting efficiency. While many manufacturers rely on traditional materials such as carbide for their saws, router bits, and cutting heads, these materials lack cutting precision, strength, longevity, and other advantages. Fortunately, polycrystalline diamond tooling, or PCD tooling, has emerged as an option for manufacturers seeking to improve their cutting processes. In particular, here are two ways that PCD tooling enhances manufacturing efficiency.
PCD Tools Have Faster Feed Rates
An important aspect that affects the manufacturing efficiency of cutting efficiency is feed rate. If companies have been relying exclusively on carbide tools, they may be unaware that PCD tools have exponentially higher feed rates than carbide tools. In fact, PCD tools can run at up to ten times the speed of carbide tools. This increased speed dramatically reduces a company's manufacturing cycles and lead times. Ultimately, this advantage means that companies can take on more work and complete more jobs in less time. This increased production capacity can have a significant positive impact on a manufacturer's revenue.
PCD Tools Have a Longer Lifespan
Carbide tools have relatively short lifespans. These tools often last weeks before they need to be replaced. Repairing these tools results in frequent manufacturing downtime. Time spent maintaining the quality of carbide tooling systems ultimately has a significant negative impact on manufacturing efficiency and company budget. Fortunately, another key advantage that PCD tools have over traditional carbide tooling is their longevity. PCD tools are designed to last months rather than weeks. PCD tools are known to last up to 25 times longer than carbide tools. This advantage means that manufacturers will experience less downtime and spend less and time maintaining and replacing their tooling systems. Not only that, but the reduced frequency of tooling issues means that a company will order fewer replacement parts, allowing companies to save and redirect these funds towards other productivity-boosting opportunities.
Efficiency is key to driving revenue among manufacturers. Fortunately, PCD tooling provides manufacturers with an easy way to improve manufacturing efficiency.