Element Six, Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK, part of the De Beers Group, is showcasing a live wear test at Bauma 2019, April 8-14, in Munich, Germany. Element Six delivers wear solutions using its in-house production capabilities to develop quality synthetic diamond and tungsten carbide materials.
Using a grinding machine, it will demonstrate the difference in wear rate between polycrystalline diamond (PCD) and tungsten carbide in order to display the properties of synthetic diamond and how it may outperform tungsten carbide. The test will highlight the potential of PCD as a material to enhance the performance of tools and machines in the construction and mining industries.
Element Six believes that the findings will align with Bauma’s key message this year, which will reportedly focus on efficiency and sustainability, by proving the ability to improve the performance and safety of machinery. Element Six states that synthetic diamond tools can exceed standard tungsten carbide tool life by forty times for applications such as road milling, reducing downtime, fuel consumption and machining time, while improving quality and surface finish.
Speaking at the event, Markus Bening, Global Sales Director, Road, Mining & Wear Parts at Element Six, stated, “Based on our experience developing synthetic diamond tools for road milling and roof bolting applications, we see huge opportunities for OEMs and toolmakers in construction and mining. Feedback from end-users in Sweden, where synthetic diamond is today’s standard for road milling jobs, has consistently shown that the benefits can be game-changing in terms of increased machining speeds and productivity.”
He further commented, “As companies look to embrace forward-thinking concepts like smart drilling and smart mining, longer-lasting tools are at the forefront of their minds. At our booth, we’ll be demonstrating how synthetic diamond and tungsten carbide tools can deliver incredible results in industries seeking the best performance.”
Attendees who would like to know more about the live wear test can visit Element Six at Bauma 2019 in Hall C3, Booth 536. Further information regarding Bauma can be found on the event’s website.