Cutting tools

State-of-the-art coatings for high-speed steels (HSS) and cemented carbide cutting tools

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Ionbond™ coatings for cutting tools

Cutting tools need to operate with a wide variety of machining requirements and work piece materials. IHI Ionbond offers a broad portfolio of state-of-the-art PVD, PACVD and CVD coatings for high-speed steels (HSS) and cemented carbide cutting tools.

Ionbond™ coatings save overall machining cost, as they allow higher cutting speeds and feeds and reduce the time needed for tool change due to the extended tool life.

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Improved productivity and part quality

Ionbond™ coatings are engineered to extend tool life, reduce downtime, lower scrap rates and increase productivity for the end user. They also provide better flow and release properties for the tools, which  will lead to higher quality levels for the product finish.

  • High wear resistance
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Anti-galling properties
  • High fatigue resistance
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Improved parts release

Find the most suitable coating for the material you need to machine

The metal cutting industry produces a range of components, machined from many different materials. Each material has unique characteristics, influenced by alloying elements, heat treatment, hardness and other parameters. ISO standards divide work piece materials in six major groups with unique properties regarding machinability:

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Steel

ISO P

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Hard steel

ISO H

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Stainless steel

ISO M

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Cast iron

ISO K

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Non ferrous

ISO N

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HRSA & Titanium

ISO S

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Coating services for cutting tools

Ionbond offers a variety of technologies, including several developed in-house, that can be selected and applied based on the nature of the coating and the requirement of the tool.

De- and recoating on HSS tools

On HSS tools the stripping process removes the coating without attacking the tool material or changing the geometry.  

This process is particularly used on tools dedicated to gear-cutting applications such as hobs and shaper cutters where the tolerance of the produced gears is strictly controlled.

De- and recoating on cemented carbide tools

For cemented carbide tools, Ionbond has long experience in fine-tuning decoating processes for both AlTiN and AlCrN-based coatings. The tool surface is hardly impacted and the cutting edge radius is kept intact.  

As with HSS tools, the stripped tool can be then re-ground and recoated in order to restore the original performance and extend the tool lifetime considerably. This decoating, regrinding and recoating process can be done from 3 to 10 or 12 times depending on the type of tools and application.

Pre- and post treatments

Accessing the full benefits of a coating for high-performance applications requires specialized knowledge and methods of surface preparation.  

With the right pre- and post-coating treatments, a low roughness and tailored cutting-edge radii are possible. Ionbond offers a variety of technologies, including several developed in-house, that can be selected and applied based on the nature of the coating and the requirement of the tool like deburring, dry and wet microblasting,  brushing or drag finishing.

Premium coatings for HSS and tungsten carbide tools

Ionbond has developed a series of premium coatings employing advanced arc evaporation technology. The process deposits the coatings at far higher energy levels than possible with conventional arc sources. The coatings are suitable for HSS and tungsten carbide tools and show increased performance in dry and wet machining.

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Aurora X Plus Composition CT

AuroraX Plus

AuroraX Plus is the new addition to Ionbond’s Premium Plus coatings with advanced arc technology. AuroraX Plus has been developed primarily for machining difficult-to-machine materials such as titanium alloys, nickel-based alloys, hard materials and stainless steel. When machining these demanding materials, the cutting tool is subjected to extensive wear under severe operating conditions ranging from high temperatures to heavy mechanical loads.

Ionbond has engineered the AuroraX Plus coating with a tailored TiAlSiXN composition and nanocomposite multilayer microstructure that combines the optimum properties required to withstand extreme cutting conditions. Due to its high hot hardness, high thermal stability, outstanding oxidation resistance and low thermal conductivity, AuroraX plus improves tool life by providing exceptional wear resistance and acting as a thermal barrier to protect the tool material. In addition, the smooth and low friction properties of AuroraX Plus ensure efficient chip evacuation. Moreover, the high chemical inertness of AuroraX Plus suppresses build-up when machining sticky materials such as titanium alloys and stainless steel.

AuroraX Plus also improves cutting edge toughness, which is critical in interrupted cutting applications. It is stable at high temperatures up to 1100°C, making it suitable for dry machining. The newly developed Ionbond coating is ideal for dry and wet machining with a broad range of cutting conditions for various applications including drilling,milling, hobbing and bevel cutting.

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Hardcut milling cutter

Hardcut™ Plus

Hardcut™ Plus, a TiSiN based multi-layer coating, has been developed for high speed end-milling and gear hobbing of the hardest and toughest materials including exotic nickel and titanium alloys under low lubrication and dry conditions.

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Crosscut Plus Microsection

Crosscut™ Plus

Most versatile coating for wet and dry machining at medium to high speeds in milling, drilling and gear hobbing operations

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Maximizer Plus Group

Maximizer Plus

TiAlN coating for milling and drilling of low to high tensile strength

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Tetrabond Plus - Rainbow

Tetrabond™ Plus

Smooth ta-C coating for machining non-ferrous metals

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Optimizer™ Plus

Optimizer™ Plus is the latest premium coating of the Ionbond plus-family. At the top of our product line, and in addition to Crosscut™ Plus, this new AlCrN based coating is the optimal coating for wet and dry machining at medium to high speeds for milling, hobbing and bevel cutting operations with temperatures reaching up to 1080°C.

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CVD coatings for extreme-load machining of steel and cast iron

The thick, low-stress Ionbond™ CVD coatings are applied on cemented carbide inserts for extreme-load machining of steel and cast iron.

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Ionbond CVD 08

Ionbond™ CVD 08

Ionbond™ CVD 08 TiBN is a special multi-layer coating applied on tools  used in high-volume machining. Applied by means of the CVD coating procedure, it exhibits a particular hardness and wear resistance due to Bor in TiBN.
In addition, Ionbond™ CVD 08 TiBN features a particularly low coefficient of friction, which facilitates chip flowl when machining stainless steels.

The combination of κ-Al2O3 and TiBN delivers an extremely high hot-hardness and a very low thermal conductivity, which significantly increases the tool’s lifetime. TiN, as a top layer, protects the hard TiBN coating from breakage during the cutting start-up phase.

Ionbond™ CVD 08 TiBN is applied at ca. 1000°C and is suited for cemented carbide cutting inserts exclusively.

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Ionbond™ CVD 10 Cutting Tools

Ionbond™ CVD 10 TiN-TiCN-TiN

Ionbond™ CVD 10 is a classic CVD coating for high-volume milling  of steels at moderate cutting speeds. Due to TiCN, the coating composition exhibits an exceptionally  good  wear-resistance. In addition, the very  hard coating is, thanks to its TiN finish, very well suited for machining of aluminum.

TiN as a base layer provides exceptional adhesion between the substrate and TiCN as the functional layer and serves as wear indicator. As a top layer, TiN optimizes friction-caused wear and the running-in behavior of the tool, due to its low coefficient of friction.

Ionbond™ CVD 10 is applied at ca. 1000°C and is suited for cemented carbidecutting inserts exclusively.

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Ionbond™ CVD 13 Cutting Tools

Ionbond™ CVD 13 TiCN-TiC-TiN

Ionbond™ CVD 13 is a multipurpose CVD coating for high-volume  machining  of metals, especially steels. Its primary feature is the ideal combination of wear resistance and toughness.

The combination of TiC and TiCN results in an exceptional rupture strength of the cutting edges at low to medium cutting speeds. TiN as a surface layer optimizes friction-caused wear and the running-in behavior of the tool, due to its low coefficient of friction.

Ionbond™ CVD 13 is applied by means of CVD at ca. 1000 °C and is suited for cemented carbide cutting inserts as well as for high-alloyed, secondary hardened tool steels.

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Ionbond™ CVD 29 Cutting Tools

Ionbond™ CVD 29

Ionbond™ CVD 29 is exceptionally well-suited for high-volume machining of cast iron and cast steel at medium to high cutting speeds and high temperatures due to the thermo-dynamically stable structure of its ceramic content.

The αAl2O3 layer, as a functional layer, not only exhibits an exceptional hot-hardness, it also features a very low thermal conductivity, which significantly increases tool lifetime. TiN, as a surface layer, protects the  hard ceramic αAl2O3 layer from wear damage during the cutting start-up phase.

Ionbond™ CVD 29 is applied at ca. 1000°C by means of CVD and is suited for cemented carbide cutting inserts.

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Ionbond™ CVD 29 HSA Plus

Ionbond™ CVD 29 HSA Plus is exceptionally well-suited for high-volume machining of cast iron and cast steel at medium to high cutting speeds and high temperatures due to the thermo-dynamically stable structure of its ceramic content.

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Dr. Kalpak Shaha, Global Segment Manager Cutting Tools, will be glad to support you.

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Kalpak Shaha

Dr. Kalpak Shaha

Global Segment Manager Cutting Tools