The better a material can be machined, the more cost-effective the associated process chains are for manufacturing operations. For this reason, Ugitech constantly develops its stainless and easy-to-machine bar steels further. The latest result is UGIMA®-X – the third generation of the special steel that has now proven itself for 30 years.
With UGIMA®-X, the company in the SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH Group offers customers a long-term advantage in the market, provided among other things by longer service lives of the tools being used.
30 years after UGIMA® and 15 years after UGIMA® HM, Ugitech has reached the next milestone of its special steel development. UGIMA®-X enables extremely high cutting speeds alongside low tool wear.
In figures: the new steel grade extends tool service lives by 25 % to 50 %. Among other things, this is made possible by the introduction of very fine oxide inclusions into the liquid metal in a perfectly controlled composition. The stainless bar steel thereby retains its corrosion resistance and becomes much easier to machine.
The third UGIMA® generation thus fulfils the requirements of the latest CNC machinery with speeds up to and above 10,000 revolutions a minute. Ugitech customers thus benefit from extended tool life, improved cutting fragmentation and added reliability in production planning.
Ugitech offers UGIMA®-X in the three versions of 4404, 4305 and 4307. The three materials all have higher machinability than their predecessors with otherwise identical properties.
Three special solutions for all-round improved machining
With UGIMA®-X 4404, users benefit from improved properties in all areas of the machining process: During turning, an increase of 15 per cent compared to UGIMA® 4404 has been achieved, and during drilling it has been possible to increase the machinability by 20 per cent.
When it comes to turning, UGIMA®-X 4305 is slightly ahead of UGIMA® 4305 HM, whereby side effects such as cold cracks caused by the lower and controlled sulphur content are further reduced. UGIMA®-X 4305 is resistant and compatible with all liquids, lubricants, oils and greases that are used during the machining process.
Compared to UGIMA® 4307 it has been possible to increase the average machinability of UGIMA®-X 4307 by ten per cent, whereby the dispersion of its industrial machinability has been significantly improved.