One of the challenges we look to help our customers solve is increasing tool life. Decreased life is caused generally by usage beyond the limits of the material and its corresponding hardness. The use of ball bearing grade steel together with proper heat treatment offers the possibility of a cutter of tremendous resiliency and toughness with the ability to withstand greater impact, yet with the ability to return to its original form without damage. This is one of the reasons why Lindström cutters offer greater life and have less breakage than other brands used in the same applications.
Another characteristic that emerges from a Lindström cutter is the ease with which the tool makes its cut. The precision of the machining makes it as if there is a built in, which makes the cutting easier. We’ve designed this to not only helps to make a better cutter, but also support your business, reducing operator fatigue.
Different steels have different characteristics –each allowing a certain level of hardness. If specific steel is hardened too much for its composition, it will break easily. On the other hand, not enough hardening can sharply reduce tool life. How steel is cooled after hardening and recognizing the different strength capacities of that steel are some of the key factors that make the hardening process a difficult science to master. At Lindström, we’ve worked hard to support your needs by elevating our hardness, measured on a Rockwell Hardness Scale, to 63-65 on the cutting edge. This hardness ranks among the highest of any cutters made. For most manufacturers, this hardness level would create a high breakage rate. Yet, because of the steel, and proper control and consistency of the hardening area –even when used beyond the rated capacity –Lindströmcutters have remarkably little breakage.
One of the major breakthroughs in Lindström technology is the ability to produce exact, precision forgings. Without that capability, the automated production process can not be utilized effectively. Therefore, as the first step in the manufacturing cycle, forgings are a key element in the total production process . To make our tools most effective for you, we’ve perfected the exact dimensions of forging because when forgings are not uniform, it becomes nearly impossible to obtain the repeatability necessary to produce a consistent quality tool.