Dispelling the Myths about Cryogenic MachiningJune 30, 2015
Years ago, cryogenic machining was not an option for many companies because the results were inconsistent, in addition to being costly and time consuming to implement; however, technology has advanced and cryogenic machining is more accessible than ever.
Unfortunately, many plant owners and managers haven’t revisited the idea of bringing this revolutionary technology to their shop floors because they’re unfamiliar with how far cryogenic machining has come and how it can positively impact their operations.
If you’ve considered cryogenic machining in the past, it might be time to take another look. New cryogenic technologies are dispelling old myths and providing compelling reasons to embrace the Cryogenic Revolution.
Myth #1: All Cryogenic Machining Systems Are Created Equal
Not all Cryogenic Machining Systems will produce faster speeds and improved tool life. That’s because most Cryogenic Machining Systems implement an external cooling strategy, which makes it nearly impossible to accurately / consistently target the cutting edge, resulting in most of the cryogen evaporating before reaching the cutting surface , ultimately diminishing its cooling capacity. Additionally, many cryogenic systems are using CO2 as the cryogen, which is not only a green-house gas, but it’s merely 1/3 as cold as liquid nitrogen, making it not nearly as effective.
5ME’s exclusive liquid nitrogen-based technology, in contrast, focuses on internal flow of liquid nitrogen (LN2) through the machine tool spindle and cutting tool, so the LN2 can be applied as close to the cutting edge as possible. This more precise method ensures the cutting tool always stays cooler, which means much faster cutting speeds and greater productivity.
Myth #2: Cryogenic Systems Require Extensive Downtime During Implementation
One of the biggest misconceptions is that Cryogenic Machining Systems are always difficult and time consuming to implement; however, that is not always the case.
If your company is ready to embrace the future of machining, but is worried about how this change will impact production, rest assured that the implementation of a cryogenic machining system – like 5ME’s Cryogenic Machining System – will not cause critical production problems.
5ME’s specially designed Cryogenic Kits, tools, and tool holders allow for easy retrofitting of existing machines or new machines, which means downtime for implementation is minimized and the need to invest in new capital equipment may be eliminated. In fact, the average time it takes for implementation of 5ME’s Cryogenic Machining System is less than 1 week.
Myth #3: Cryogenic Machining Improves Speed but Not Quality
Unlike traditional cooling methods, 5ME’s exclusive Cryogenic Machining process produces a higher quality and more reliable finish. This is because the exceptional cooling performance of 5ME’s multi-patented Cryogenic Machining System has been proven to significantly reduce white-layer, grain boundary distortion, residual stresses, and burr formation.
Additionally, liquid nitrogen evaporates on contact with the ambient air, so the workpiece and chips stay clean and sterile.These characteristics mean workpieces can be made from difficult-to-machine materials with faster production times, a superior surface finish, and little to no clean up or waste when compared with other technologies.
Is 5ME’s Cryogenic Machining Technology Right for Your Company?
5ME’s cryogenic machining technology is ideal for companies with the following characteristics:
- A Need to Increase Throughput: You can increase operational productivity and profitability with either existing assets or machines you’re considering purchasing.
- Hard-to-Machine Materials: 5ME’s exclusive liquid nitrogen-based cryogenic technology is perfect for businesses that use hard-to-machine materials like Hardened/Stainless/Alloy steels, CGI, Titanium, and Inconel.
- A High Volume of Consumables: Implementing cryogenic machining greatly reduces your tooling, material scrap, and energy costs.
- Committed to Change: If your company is ready to reduce your impact on the environment while saving time and money, cryogenic machining is for you.
If you’re interested in learning more about 5ME’s exclusive cryogenic machining technology, download our free 11 Essential Facts guide or contact one of our cryogenic experts: