Insaco engineers, working with the OEM wire cutting machine manufacturer, Crescent Design, proposed changing the funnel to a hot isostatic pressed zirconia material significantly improving wear quality when compared to metals and even most other technical ceramics.
Figure 1. Hot Isostatic Pressed Zirconia Funnel
Insaco precision fabricated the new zirconia funnels, and after two years of use there is NO noticeable wear in the inlet funnel, NO wasted material run, and virtually NO downtime from the zirconia replacement. The end user is extremely pleased with the zirconia results and has ordered several more machines equipped with the new zirconia component machined by Insaco.