Diamond tooling represents a significant investment with regard to cost to repair the tool should damage occur. Your company has decided to make this investment because the benefits of the tool , i.e.: Tool life between re-sharpenings, improved finish on the material, etc., has been cost justified. This means that in the your application, the operating cost of these tools will be less then that of the other tools currently being used.
In order to maximize the performance of the diamond tooling, proper handling and care practices must be followed. For comparison purposes, the cost to replace a damaged insert or carbide tip can range from $20-$80, whereas similar damage to a diamond tool may cost $100's of dollars to repair. For this reason, we will share some tips on handling and storing the tools successfully.
Diamond or PCD (Polycrystalline Diamond) is very hard and very brittle and cracks or chips easily if bumped with a hard object. Extreme care is required when removing the tool from its protective covering for any reason.
Exercise caution when handling PCD tooling!!
Store tool in protective packaging when not in use!!
The PCD tools that you have purchased are designed with the appropriate cutting angles and geometry engineered to your specific applications.
H3D Tool Corp., can help you determine the recommended feeds and speeds that are to be used on your PCD tools to achieve optimum cut quality and performance.
Initial tool setup and run will be performed under careful supervision.
Our experience indicates that in most applications the cost of operating PCD tools is approximately 1/3 that of carbide tooling (including insert type tooling). Although accidents occasionally occur regardless of the safeguards in place, the savings from the reduced operating costs of PCD tools far outweigh the costs associated with occasional damage.
However: in order to optimize the performance and value difference, and to protect your investment in this type of tooling, every operator, setup person, maintenance person, and any other personnel that will come in to contact with pcd tools, must exercise awareness and utilize extreme caution when handling these tools to prevent damage and reduce un-necessary additional costs.