While stainless steel is one of the most desirable metals for many applications, it is not always easy to work with. This alloy, which is selected for many types of fabrication for its corrosion resistance and strength is also a metal that can be easily damaged and marred on the surface through incorrect stainless steel machining practices.
Often at JBC Machine, we hear from Original Equipment Manufacturers facing challenges in trying to complete stainless steel machining in-house. The problem with the in-house issues is usually a combination of a lack of experience by the machinists working with stainless steel combined with a lack of the latest in equipment and technology.
The Equipment Factor
Anyone who has machined or worked with stainless steel understands that the ability of the equipment to not only reach the desired speed but to continue to cut at the correct speed without slowing down is critical. This slowing down may be on the set feed rate or the surface speed and will create irregularities and poor tolerances that will not meet the required standards for most applications.
Another common issue with low-quality or poorly maintained equipment is the problem with vibration during the machining process. Excessive vibration and incorrect positioning of the tools will lower the quality of the precision work as well as result in excessive tool wear.
Incorrect Tool Maintenance
Not only is the quality of the equipment important in stainless steel machining, but operator monitoring of tool performance will also be an issue. The hard surface of stainless steel will wear down tools quickly, which means quality tools are required as well as shaping and maintaining the correct edge and tool face.
Our experienced machinists at JBC Machine are used to working with our state-of-the-art equipment and tools. With their experience in working with stainless steel and our cutting-edge facility, we can complete all machining requirements to precision specifications. To find out more, call us today at 920-779-4075.