Special properties, special solutions

Only optimally coordinated processes and tools ensure success

A closer look at the various types of plastics shows the almost unbelievable abundance of materials as well as the many processing and application possibilities. A distinction is made here mainly between the material groups of thermoplastics, Duroplastics and Elastomers. Each of these material groups has its own special properties and each material made of them has different features which have to be taken into account during machining.

Leitz knows, that only tool solutions adapted to the material and the respective process guarantee optimum success in terms of quality, efficiency and safety and proves this impressively with the solutions from its standard tool range but also with individual tool system solutions that make numerous customers satisfied Leitz customers.


Thermoplastics

Special working material

In the machining of thermoplastics, the choice of process parameters is of decisive importance, besides special tooth geometries and gullet areas. Transparent plastics, such as acrylic glass, play a special role here. Here it is above all the cutting edges and cutting surfaces that must be particularly smooth and free of marks so that the noble overall appearance of the workpiece is not damaged. This is made possible by special machining tools that are equipped with corresponding geometries and cutting materials.

Leitz offers a variety of tried and tested tool solutions in the field of panel cutting, shape and contour milling or also for boring blind and through-holes for materials such as acrylic glass (PMMA), polycarbonate (PC), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polystyrene (PS).


Duroplastics

A material with specific properties

Duroplastics are usually brittle and hard. The temperature is not the most important factor during machining. The cutting speeds are higher than for thermoplastics. Because of the brittle-hard material properties and the abrasive effect of the embedded fibres, the tools differ in geometry and cutting material from those used for machining thermoplastics. Diamond is the preferred cutting material.

Typical examples of duroplastic materials include compact laminates, high-pressure laminates (HPL laminates) made of melamine-or phenolic resin-impregnated paper or printed circuit boards (PCBs) made of hard paper.


Mineral-bound materials

Versatile in use and particularly long-lasting

The best known mineral material is Corean and consists of one third acrylic glass (PMMA) and two thirds natural minerals with the main component aluminium hydroxide. The fields of application are manifold and range from decorative materials in thin sheet thickness, to medium-thick worktops, to covers, claddings and tables, which usually require thick sheet thicknesses.

Mineral working materials can be processed excellently with conventional wood processing tools. With its comprehensive standard range, Leitz offers ideal tool solutions for the most varied types of machining.


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Industry management
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