Customers comes to us for different reasons. As experts in tool steel, we’re not like most steel companies. We solve problems through decades of experience and hands-on collaboration with tool makers. It takes the right combination of technical support and engineered solutions to deliver results. This is what we provide every step of the way.
Experience that keeps its edge
Fineblanking and Forming
- Plasticizing Components
- Powder Compaction
- Fineblanking and Forming
- Automotive Stamping
Zapp’s Z-Series PM tool steels offer cost effective solutions for plasticizing components in high wear and/or corrosive applications. New generation engineered resins offer many challenges that can be addressed to improve productivity. Zapp’s Z-Series PM tool steels offer „Engineered Solutions“ for these challenges.
Zapp’s Z-Series PM tool steels have unique combinations of toughness, wear resistance and compressive strength, providing new solutions when conventional steels and common PM tool steels fall short. In addition to proprietary Z-Series PM materials, Zapp provides time –tested PM chemistries that are melted to our technical specifications. Zapp’s Z-Series PM tool steels offer „Engineered Solutions“ for these challenges.
Fineblanking and Forming
Zapp’s Z-Series PM tool steels have enhanced mechanical properties to meet current and future challenges of the blanking industry. Superior toughness, wear resistance and compressive strength make Z-Series PM the cost effective alternative to conventional tool steels. New generations of AHSS work materials present new challenges for tooling. Zapp’s Z-Series PM tool steels offer „Engineered Solutions“ for these challenges.
Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) are testing the limits of conventional tool steels. Conventional tool steels were not designed to process AHSS materials. Zapp’s Z-Series PM tool steels possess enhanced mechanical properties with advanced toughness, wear resistance and compressive strength. Z-Series PM steels dramatically increase tool life while reducing the burden of tool maintenance Cost/benefit analyses show that Z-Series PM materials offer significant cost savings and productivity improvements.
PM Manufacturing Process
- Engineered Solutions
- PM Manufacturing Process
Zapp Tooling Alloys‘ „Engineered Solutions“ vision is the value proposition we offer to our customers and markets. It is supported by five components that drive our business.
- Value Added Customer Service including our responsiveness, professionalism, competence and flexibility in exceeding customer expectations.
- Delivery Reliability as measured by performance versus our promises to our customers.
- Inventory availability to ensure not only the breadth of our inventory but also the depth of our inventory is measured to meet the variable demands of our markets.
- Technical Sales Process/Support to meet the technical requirements of a diverse tooling market. As specialists in high performance tooling applications, our business requires technical expertise.
- Innovative Zapp Products to meet not only the current demands in the tooling markets, but rather, address future demands on the horizon.
The Zapp Tooling Alloys Team is focused on continuous improvement within each of these vision components.
The PM Process
The PM (Particle Metallurgy) process for the production of high speed and tool steels was developed nearly 50 years ago as a mechanism to produce highly alloyed steel grades that are free from the detrimental effects of alloy segregation. As more highly alloyed tool steels were produced through conventional ingot casting, the resulting microstructures exhibited large carbides that, while improving the wear and heat resistance of tool steels, caused a precipitous drop in the overall toughness of the material. With the PM process, alloy segregation is eliminated which enhances material toughness while higher carbide volume further improves resistance to heat and wear. Z-Series PM steel is produced utilizing the latest process of PM technology.