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.

Cutting Tools
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AuroraX Plus

Superior performance in machining of difficult-to-cut materials under dry and wet conditions

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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 unde…

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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

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

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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 we…

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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.

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 resist…

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Ionbond™ CVD 10 Cutting Tools

Ionbond™ CVD 10 TiN-TiCN-TiNIonbond™ 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  goo…

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Ionbond™ CVD 13 Cutting Tools

Ionbond™ CVD 13 TiCN-TiC-TiNIonbond™ 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…

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Ionbond™ CVD 29 Cutting Tools

Ionbond™ CVD 29Ionbond™ 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 …

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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…

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Discuss your challenges with Kalpak Shaha

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

We will get back to you as soon as possible

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Dr. Kalpak Shaha

Global Segment Manager Cutting Tools