High Wear Ductile Iron.
Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) is a common material for many equipment components in a variety of industries. Although ADI offers higher toughness and better wear characteristics over traditional ductile iron (DI), methods of further enhancing these properties are highly sought after. Kondex has done just that. We have developed a process that can drastically increase the wear resistance of DI & ADI locally, using our state-of-the-art laser technology. Our laser enhanced technology is opening doors to new high-wear opportunities and changing the way engineers look at designing new products.
We have been testing laser enhancements on a number of both DI and ADI components, and have been very pleased with the results. As shown on the chart, lab tests are revealing a 30-40% improvement to wear life on the Kondex enhanced ADI over traditional ADI components.
Micrograph analysis of laser enhanced ADI reveals over 50% improvement in hardness of this base part
In addition, by applying laser enhancements to lower grade ADI components, we achieved a surface hardness value equal to or better than that of higher grade ADI parts – without sacrificing the toughness. This essentially allows for greater cost and material flexibility in your designs, while addressing the balancing act between ductility and wear when selecting component material grades.
If you’re struggling with wear on your ductile iron components, contact one of our laser enhancing experts to discuss how this technology can improve the life of your equipment.