Many industrial machines use specially made parts that must withstand heavy repeated use at fast rates. If a custom part breaks, it can take time to replace it and make a new part. Manufacturers have used tungsten carbide inserts to make parts that do not break easily and are capable of withstanding long-term use. Tungsten carbide can also be broken down and reused to make new replacement parts and tools.
Making the Inserts
Most tungsten carbide inserts can be made out of recycled scrap metal produced during machining and manufacturing. The scraps are either hard scraps coming directly from other projects or soft sludge made by mixing carbide grit with a proportionate amount of water. These types allow for pieces of different strengths depending on their uses. From there, the scraps can be melted down and reforged into replacement parts for your machines.
Benefits of Tungsten Carbide Inserts
Using parts made of a recyclable material gives you the opportunity for future reuse. If an insert breaks, it can be melted down and combined with other metals to create a replacement part or new tools. Tungsten carbide is used to make tool steel, a construction-grade alloy used to make industrial tools and equipment. Including it in an alloy will strengthen the tool or new part, preventing it from breaking or wearing out.
Carbide inserts can be made more efficiently by reducing or increasing the amount of tungsten carbide added to the alloy. By making insertable parts stronger, they don’t need to be replaced as frequently. The strength of individual parts can be adjusted based on their function, amount of use, and the amount of pressure put on them. Stronger parts require fewer replacements and resources, making them run more efficiently without breaking.
Tungsten carbide inserts both improve the quality of tools and the machines that make them. They can be recycled and remade if broken, and strengthen other alloys to create new products. All of the varying strengths of scrap can be reused and sold to manufacturers for further reuse and breakdown. They can keep your equipment running on time without breaking, allowing production to continue as normal.