Finding the right chromium carbide plate to handle the burden of your unique application can be a challenge. Here are three simple tips to help you make the right decision that will get you back up and running at full speed!
Define Your Priorities
Every application is going to be a little different. Define the requirements of the application and what is needed as the end result. When you’re looking for a chromium carbide plate that offers high levels of abrasion resistance, you first need to define what is important to you. Here are a few things you will want to consider before you even request a quote.
What material are you currently using and how long is its service life?
Is your application/wear issue from sliding abrasion or sliding/impact?
Do you need a plate that will form, bend or roll easily?
What kind of hardness should the plate have?
What kind of budget do you have to work with?
Evaluate Your Options
There are a lot of people out there that offer some version of chromium carbide plate. Take the time to look around and kick the tires. Use your list of priorities to measure the options against each other.
Be cautious when shopping for low-priced plates. These options can appear to come in under budget on the surface, but can bring hidden costs underneath. Be sure to consider the downtime associated with frequent change-out, the amount of employee time needed to make these more frequent change-outs, and the cost of purchasing additional plate. A reputable supplier should be able to provide hardness data as well as microstructure information.
Another point to evaluate is service. Investigate the level of fabrication that the company can offer and their level of experience in this area. Going with a company that offers fabrication service can also help to reduce your total cost of ownership.
Make the Call
After you define your priorities and evaluate the available options, it is time to pull the trigger. Trust your research and your instincts.
If you’re looking into a company that you have no previous experience dealing with, think about testing out their product and service in just one area of your operation; the product will speak for itself. If the application proves to be successful, and they meet their promises and your expectations, you can expand their footprint to include other areas of your operation.
Bonus: Now take action!
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Posted on 06/05/2013 at 12:00:00 AM