Micro Tuff™ Examples
The use of Micro Tuff™ has grown considerably over the last couple of years as more and more companies realize the benefits that this unique polymer offers. Micro Tuff™ drastically improves metallic surfaces by increasing lubricity, corrosion resistance and release properties.
Following are typical examples of the results from using Micro Tuff™ in the plastic extrusion industry. These numbers were reported by several users under “Real World” conditions.
Dies, Molds and Tooling for Plastic Manufacturing
- 6% Increase in Machine Up-Time
- 20% Increase in Production Rate
- 50% Reduction in Tool Clean-Up Time
- 81% Reduction in Re-Chroming Costs
Hydraulic Rods, Rolls and Screws
- 89% Reduction in Returns & Rework
- 97% Improvement in Surface Wear Life
- >100% Increase in Corrosion Resistance
A survey of Micro Tuff™ users has shown the following typical benefits on tooling: industry:
A large pipe extruder in Iowa saved over $30,000 per year on re-chroming costs. And, an extremely worn set of tooling still produced good CPVC pipe.
Another large pipe extruder in Pennsylvania used less than 5% of a Micro Tuff™ bar to impregnate a 9 piece tooling set for 4″ PVC pipe.
A plastic window frame manufacturer in Alberta, Canada increased machine up-time from 85% to 91%. This resulted in an increased production of over 40,000 lbs. per week. They were also able to reduce machine pressure by 500 psi.
An aircraft manufacture in California solved the corrosion problem on hydraulic rods used for the Space Shuttle Launch Transporter. The service life was increased by approx. 10 times.
A plastic molder in Indiana was able to salvage and reuse worn tooling that had unplated bare spots, without losing time for re-plating.
A plastic siding manufacturer in Pennsylvania increased production of their PVC siding operation by 150
pounds per hour. Routine die cleaning was also reduced by over 200%.