Stainless Steels for High Volume Machining Operations

Outokumpu expands the Prodec family of stainless steels with 17-4 Prodec for customers with high volume machining operations where uniform consistency from bar to bar and heat to heat are critical.

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Outokumpu expands the Prodec family of stainless steels with 17-4 Prodec for customers with high volume machining operations where uniform consistency from bar to bar and heat to heat are critical.

If bar properties are extremely uniform, then the machine operator doesn’t have downtime in adjusting his equipment when a new batch of bar is inserted into the machine, according to the company.

Prodec, which stands for production economy, is produced using ladle metallurgy techniques to provide maximum machinability while retaining good mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. The results include better chipbreaking and reduced wear of carbide tooling at high machining speeds.

By minimizing downtime for tool adjustments and replacement, Prodec can help customers become more profitable, according to the company.