Creating Can Tooling Components from Advanced Ceramics

By AZoM

Table of Contents

Introduction
     Overview of CoorsTek
Next-Generation Materials
Ceramic Stripper Tooling
Ceramic Herringbone for IBOs and Washers
Ceramic Printer Mandrels
Ceramic Necker Tooling
Conclusion
About CoorsTek

Introduction

Overview of CoorsTek

CoorsTek is the world’s largest technical ceramics manufacturer. The company’s next-generation ceramic tooling components are produced in a modern facility located in Golden, Colorado. These tooling components enhance quality, increase yields, and extend the lifespan of machines in can-making facilities across the globe.

Next-Generation Materials

A wide range of materials are offered by CoorsTek including High-Purity Alumina, Dura-Z Zirconia, Transformation Toughened Zirconia (TTZ), and Yttria Partially-Stabilized Zirconia (YTZP). CoorsTek offers ceramics that surpass carbide and steel in can production applications.

Ceramic Stripper Tooling

Figure 1. Ceramic component

Spring-Loaded Ceramic Fingers available from CoorsTek are better than carbides, extremely durable, and remove scratches and chatter marks. They have been specifically designed to handle all forms of body makers, including CMB, Reynolds, Standun, and Ragsdale.

Benefits offered by ceramic stripper tooling are:

  • Smoother and softer surface does not mark can bodies; has lower friction than carbide
  • Wear resistance ensures excellent product life
  • Built-in flushing system reduces maintenance and makes the whole assembly self-cleaning; the ceramic fingers require only occasional diamond polishing to restore their look.

Ceramic Herringbone for IBOs and Washers

CoorsTek provides ceramics that deliver superior performance for herringbone applications. The ceramics have excellent abrasion resistance than steel and are highly resistant to acids and bases utilized to wash cans. They have low friction, which helps in reducing drives loads and this in turn reduce bearing and gear wear and ensure longer life for washers and IBOs. Ceramic Herringbone is available for Reynolds, Cincinnati, and other washers. Herringbone for FECO and other makes of IBOs are also available.

Ceramic Printer Mandrels

CoorsTek patented ceramic printer mandrels are hard and wear resistant and have long performance lives. They are highly polished and have low-friction surface, and thus ensures faster loading. With low thermal expansion coefficient, ceramic printer mandrels remain stable over a broad range of temperatures. They are also easy to maintain.

Ceramic Necker Tooling

The Hot Isostatically Pressed (HIPped) Zirconia Necker Tooling offered by CoorsTek surpasses carbide in a number of ways. This ceramic has low friction, which helps in preventing puckering, wrinkling, and splitting flanges. It is resistant to corrosive wear and has no surface space to collect buildup. HIPped zirconia requires only minimum maintenance and can be easily cleaned with mild caustic. HIPped zirconia for necker tool applications are available in finished dies and unfinished die blanks.

Conclusion

CoorsTek ceramic components provide reliable performance and outperform steel and carbide in specific can-manufacturing applications. The company has engineering experts who help customers in choosing the right material and design configuration to meet specific application needs.

About CoorsTek

As the largest manufacturer of technical ceramics in the world, CoorsTek knows ceramics. They've been at it for over 100 years!

CoorsTek develops and manufactures a great variety of technical ceramics built to withstand extremely harsh environments with outstanding performance.

CoorsTek provides ceramic components to meet YOUR engineering challenge. Contact them today for technical ceramic expertise. Using their core strengths of custom engineering, materials expertise, operational excellence, and rapid execution, they help customers develop amazing solutions to their toughest technical challenges. Their experienced engineering and manufacturing experts are ready to help with your next project.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by CoorsTek.

For more information on this source, please visit CoorsTek.

Date Added: Feb 28, 2013 | Updated: Jun 11, 2013
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