Tool coating

Paul Boughton

Mate’s new SuperMax tool coating answers requirements for high performance, longer lasting punch press tooling. Providing a hard, wear resistant and lubricious coating, SuperMax acts as a barrier between the punch and sheet metal, greatly improving stripping and extending tool life.

A proprietary coating, SuperMax provides more hits between sharpening, which reduces machine downtime. SuperMax also reduces galling, slug pulling and corner breakdown enhancing the quality and efficiency of the punching process.

Outperforming currently available premium coatings by 2 to 8 times, SuperMax is applied using the very latest nano-layer technology. It is a harder, denser film that greatly increases wear resistance and a much lower friction coefficient of approximately 20%. This lower friction means less heat build-up, less galling (adhesion) and much longer tool life.

SuperMax works well on Mate’s M4PM, M2 and Durasteel punches in round, rectangle, oval and square punch configurations. Its application effectiveness includes 3000 and 5000 series aluminium, galvanised and stainless steels, pre-painted material, vinyl coated material and fibreglass.

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