Outokumpu today announced availability of enhanced Prodec® stainless steel bars delivering superior machinability. Enabled by further product development,
grades now offer industry’s best machining speeds. According to Outokumpu’s tests (V15 test), Prodec® can achieve machining speeds up to 300 m/minute, resulting in a double tool life compared to competing materials in the market.
Outokumpu is presenting its Prodec range at the
Stainless Steel World
exhibition in Maastricht, The Netherlands, November 17 - 19, 2015. The Prodec range comprises stainless steels grades that are optimized for consistently superior machinability, enabling faster machining speeds, longer tool life and enhanced quality.
By using Outokumpu Prodec, customers can optimize machining speeds to gain significant cost savings per component (up-to 50% savings depending on the application). Machining at higher speeds also helps to avoid built up edge on inserts and leads to a better surface quality and tolerances.
Outokumpu Long Products President
Kari Tuutti says: “Outokumpu has a long history of supplying Prodec premium bars with superior machinability. Thanks to our latest product development, we can now offer even higher performance machining to our customers globally. Prodec offer double tool life compared to competing materials. This is enabled by the extensive technical knowledge and our end-to-end production chain that enables us to optimize machinability properties of the material through all steps of the production”.
Outokumpu Prodec is available as hexagon, square, flat and round bars, as well as rolled billets and plate in Prodec grades 304L/4307, 316L/4404, 303/4305 and 17-4PH. These are suitable for machining applications such as fasteners, flanges, valves, pressure fittings, nuts, bolts and screws, gears, shafts, and bearings.
Outokumpu has a century of experience creating efficient, long-lasting, recyclable stainless steels. Its global offering includes quality-critical products for machining components. Outokumpu’s Long Products and Quarto Plate sites are located in the UK, Sweden and the US, and are well known for high quality products, flexibility and world-class delivery performance. V15 test is a standardized machining test that allows comparison between materials. The test finds the cutting speed that result in 15-minute tool lifetime when turning with cemented carbide tooling. The tests conducted by Outokumpu included bars from 7 competing European stainless steel producers in machinable 304L/1.4307 and 316L/1.4404 grades.