Tungsten carbide products
Tungsten carbide's combined hardness and toughness allow it to significantly outperform its steel material equivalents.
Tungsten carbide is a material used for a number of industrial applications and it is characterised by its high strength, toughness and hardness. Its name derives from the Swedish for tung (heavy) and sten (stone) and it is mainly used in the form of cemented tungsten carbides. Cemented carbides (also known as hardmetals) are made by 'cementing' grains of tungsten carbide into a binder matrix of cobalt or/and nickel.
Tungsten carbide as a material can vary in carbide grain size (0.2 – 50 microns) and by binder contents (up to 30%), as well as by the addition of other carbides. By varying the grain size of the tungsten carbide and the binder content in the matrix, engineers have access to a class of materials whose properties can be tailored to a variety of engineering applications. This includes high-tech tools, wear parts and tools for the construction, mining and oil and gas sector.
Tungsten carbide products typically have a high resistance to wear and can be used at high temperatures, allowing tungsten carbide's combined hardness and toughness to significantly outperform its steel product equivalents.
Element Six tungsten carbide products
Our Hard Materials Division has been manufacturing tungsten carbide for over 60 years. We develop, produce and sell hardmetals and special tools for industries ranging from construction, mining and tunnelling, to oil and gas, textiles, automotive and agriculture. Our comprehensive unrivalled quality assurance programme ensures that all our inserts are certified to ISO 9001:2008 quality standards. For more information, please see our brochures.
As a company, we are focused on building business partnerships as our greatest strength is in developing customised solutions that create long-term advantages for our partners.
Our extensive tungsten carbide product range includes the following:
Our tungsten carbide inserts are used in the mining, construction, tunnelling, oil and gas, forestry and agriculture industries. For more information, please see our brochure 'Tungsten carbide inserts'.
Wear parts tools
Our tungsten carbide wear parts tools are used to prevent premature wear in numerous industrial sectors, including mineral processing, surface and sand blasting technology, roof tiling, agriculture, pump and valve parts for the oil and gas industry, the textile and paper industry, and the machine building industry.
Our tungsten carbide mill rolls are used to offer high wear resistance and toughness, and are manufactured to our customer’s needs. For more information, please see our brochures 'Tungsten Carbide Rolls' and 'Carbide Blanks for Cold Rolling'.
Road planing picks
As one of the world's leading producers of road planing picks, our high-quality tools offer performance, high wear and impact resistance for milling asphalt and concrete roads to various depths. Our picks are available in our standard tungsten carbide grade (B15N), our MasterGrade® (B15MN) and our new premium D PowerTM brand. Long-term test results show that our D PowerTM Road Picks have a life expectancy 40 times greater than standard picks on the market. For more information on our picks and accessories, please see our brochures in Road Planing Picks.
Round attack picks
We offer a full range of tools and tooling systems for mining, tunnelling and construction. We offer high-quality round shank picks with inserts from 8 to 30mm, and shaft diameters from 10 to 42mm, with a range of customised pick designs, retainer systems and inserts available to specific customer requirements. For more information, please see our brochure Softrock Tools.
We offer high performance tungsten carbide drill bits for the mining, tunnelling and construction industries. For more information, please see our brochure 'Softrock Tools'.
PCD drill bits
In applications where drill bit life is dominated by abrasive wear PCD bits perform in an order of magnitude compared to the lifetime achieved by tungsten carbide bits. PCD drill bits are particularly suited for abrasive rock conditions where tool life, high penetration rates and consistent drilled hole quality are important. For more information, please see our brochure 'PCD Drill Bits'.
Tungsten carbide tipped cutters and cutting inserts for the recycling industry offer between six to ten times better life against conventional steel cutters, ensuring less downtime and less cost per tonne. Please contact us for the optimal combination of tungsten carbide grade and design for your individual applications. For more information, please see our brochure 'Softrock Tools'.
We are one of the leading producers of tools for special applications, many of them created to meet our customers' individual requirements. Our special tools such as weld-on bars, weld-on cutting teeth and flat picks can be used for a number of common application areas. For more information, please see our 'Softrock Tools' brochure.
Our burr blanks are mainly used in the cutting and removing of rough edges in the aviation, shipbuilding and automotive industries, and offer high performance and longer service life under the most testing of conditions. We supply Imperial and DIN standard, and specialist blanks, all in our premium S6 (6% cobalt) tungsten carbide range, with other grades available.
Ready to press powder grades are used for tungsten carbide production. We offer a huge variety of powder grades available through varying grain sizes and different binder contents. For more information, please see our 'Tungsten Carbide Grades' brochure.
Drilling systems and drill rods
Our drilling systems and drill rods are typically used for the drilling of blasting relief holes, large hole drilling and roof bolting. Our drilling system has reamers fitted with three symmetrically arranged carbide tips, mainly for use in medium to hard rock formations. For more information, please see our 'Softrock Tools' brochure.
High pressure components
Our high pressure components are used mainly in synthetic diamond synthesis (but not exclusively) as they can be used in extreme conditions of up to 70kbar at high temperatures. For more information, please see our 'High Pressure Components' brochure.
Our pick holders are used in a number of industries, including mining, road maintenance and construction. Our holders have high wear resistance, and can be used for round shank, flat and other pick types.