Last week was a big week for us here at, we developed a new tool for Rough Grinding Carbide. After extensive research and testing, we found that using a crystal with high friability, in a tough bond that was heat tolerant allowed us to retain “sharp” crystal. Many times when mandrel grinding Carbide, there is an issue with temperature due to the closed-off nature of the hole. Limiting air or hindering chip evacuation. This inherent issue with mandrel or jig work is limited workspace. This limited work space means the tool must remove the maximum amount of material without creating much heat. Using a crystal that is as large as possible, and still able to provide the desired finish is optimal. This can take a considerable amount of knowledge or experience working with formulation and mandrel manufacturing.

Carbide Grinding With Diamond Mandrels

Working with Carbide can be a fickle creature. Something about the structure that is carbide that delicately plays with strength to tension to stress. Here at, we test all our mandrels and various crystal formulations internally on a variety of different materials. Mainly Carbide though. After extensive testing, we have released the SMKP Line of Abrasives into our portfolio. This has given us an advantage on the market, with tools that are showing extended life of up to 75%. This is all due to correct crystal sourcing for the application. Reduced cycle times, and extended tool lives provides our customers with a low cost per unit production providing a lucrative production environment. This is critical to long term survival in a saturated brutal market that is Carbide Grinding.

New Nickel Flashing Procedure

Over the last three months we have focused our efforts internally at our tanks to be able to provide a superior flashing that will hold under the harshest of environments. We performed over 3,300 different combinations and formulations until we were happy with the results. Now these tests were under some extreme situations, but we want our tooling to hold up to your worst environment. That’s why we test tooling at speeds and feeds that are not typical in the field. With spindles running at over 50,000RPM, we are truly punishing these tools, and we want them to fail when we are testing. This gives us the opportunity to optimize that tool, preventing the same issue from happening in the future, as well as, improving other aspects of the tools performance.