New Materials and Intelligent Design on Extrusion Tooling
Werner Hähnel and Klaus Gillmeister,
Kind & Co., Edelstahlwerk KG, Wiehl, Germany
Track: EXTRUSION EQUIPMENT - Container and Tooling
ABSTRACT—The principal range of activities of Kind & Co. Edelstahlwerk is the development and
manufacture of forged tool steels at both of its facilities in Germany (Wiehl) with more than 120 years
of experience in the production and refinement of tool steels.
Today, the machinery and equipment technology available serves to optimize the required
characteristics of classical tool steels and to also design new tool steels to accommodate the market
requirements. Particular focus is placed on designing temperature resistant high premium tool steels,
and top-quality products of high toughness.
In close consultation with extrusion press experts, the know how in developing new tool steels,
along with experience compiled in a focused Service Center, forms the basis for designing new tools.
This continuous process of improvement leads to increased service life of the tools, a safe and reliable
production process at the extrusion press, enhanced product quality, and consequently, cost savings.
The following report includes a number of examples shown on actual tools of an extrusion press,
and it also illustrates improvement potentials in the future.
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