Applications & Case Studies

Whatever your industry or application, you can benefit from the enhanced properties provided by PST surface treatment:

  • Enhanced Output: Because PST makes your tooling and dies tougher, they last longer
  • Reduced Tooling Changes and Maintenance: Because your tooling and dies last longer, you don’t have to change them as often
  • Improved Quality: Thanks to enhanced galling and heat checking resistance, your output parts have better quality and consistency over longer production runs

POWDERED METAL


What We Treat: Punches, Core Punches
Features: Increased resistance to wear and galling issues, while imparting minimal size changes (near zero)
Benefits: Increased output and improved quality of parts produced

ACS1-sm

 

“The first time we PSTed our dies, we could not believe it. The production output increased by more than three times!”
- A Major Powdered Metal Parts Producer in Pennsylvania

 

ACS2-sm

DIE CASTING


What We Treat: Cavities, inserts, cores, shot sleeves
Features: Increased resistance to galling, heat checking and erosion
Benefits: Increased output, reduced downtime for maintenance and tooling changes, and improved quality of parts produced

 

“The reduction in heat checking and galling issues over the life of the die was remarkable.”
- A Major Die Casting Foundry in Illinois

 

HOT & COLD STAMPING


What We Treat: Dies
Features: Increased resistance to wear, galling and heat checking issues
Benefits: Increased output and improved quality of parts produced

ACS3-sm

 

“After PST treatment on our tooling, we realized cost savings of over 35% over the entire production run. I just wish we had started using PST treatment sooner.”
- An Engineer at a Major Hot Stamping Company in Indiana

 

ACS4-sm

HOT & COLD FORGING


What We Treat: Dies, Punches
Features: Increased resistance to wear and heat checking
Benefits: Increased output and improved quality parts produced

 

“You can see it right in the microscope. On the dies that have been PSTed, there are minimal heat checking issues even after extended use.”
- A Major Hot Forging Foundry in the Midwest

 

FASTENERS, CUTTING TOOLS AND BITS


What We Treat: Rolling Dies, Drills, Endmills, Taps, Inserts
Features: Enhanced toughness, output and performance
Benefits: Increased output, performance and minimized downtime for tooling changes and maintenance

ACS5-sm

 

“We were cutting more without wasting time on resharpening.”
- A User of PST-treated Tools

 

ACS6-sm

FINISHED COMPONENTS AND PARTS


What We Treat: Finished Parts
Features: Dimensional consistency, enhanced toughness and strength
Benefits: Enhanced quality and performance

 

“Our parts took on a hardened surface while maintaining its dimensional consistency and surface finish with PST.”
- A Major International Consumer Electronics Manufacturer

 

PST Application Case Studies

The following case studies showcase a sample of the many PST applications where our customers have realized significant yield improvements and cost savings thanks to PST treatment of their tooling and parts.