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Current Process

Zirconium tubes are cut one at a time using carbide tools on a lathe. A lathe cutoff leaves burrs requiring deburring to achieve a smooth surface finish. Carbide tooling wears quickly when cutting zirconium and is expensive.

 

Challenges

Deliver a cost-effective process to cut zirconium tubes which reduces the number of steps in production. Zirconium is highly flammable, and a dull carbide tool can cause the material to overheat and catch fire. Zirconium fires are dangerous and very hard to extinguish.

Solution

Solution: CS1-E Burr Free Electrochemical Cutoff Machine from Tridex Technology

The CS1-E can cut multiple tubes per cycle depending on their diameter. The CS1-E cuts tubes from .012"-3.15" diameter. Electrochemical grinding leaves the tubes burr-free, eliminating the need for deburring.

  • In a recent test, the CS1-E cut 5 tubes burr-free, each measuring 3/8" diameter, in one pass.
  • The cuts completed in a cycle time of 40 seconds, a 90% gain in productivity.
  • ECG produces very little heat and is safer than a lathe cutoff.
  • The CS1-E can be fitted with a fire suppression system for added safety.
  • Tridex's Companion Software allows offline storage and editing of machine data, reducing machine downtime.
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The CS1-E Burr Free Electrochemical (ECG) Cutoff machine from Tridex Technology features completely burr free cutting and very low cutting forces ideal for tubing and heat sensitive alloys.

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