Greer Steel Company’s LaserMatte product was featured in the March 2014 edition of Advanced Materials and Processes. To produce the LaserMatte product, Greer utilizes a state-of-the-art laser beam texturing process (LBT) to create microcraters in the surface of the steel.
The LBT process, which is more commonly found in Europe and Asia, induces a matte finish on mill rolls of steel. In North America, most textured or matte finishes are developed either through mechanical means, such as shot-blasting, grit-blasting or grinding, or through electro-discharge texturing (EDT).
When compared to such traditional means like mechanical or EDT treated steel, Greer’s laser-beam-texturing process creates a highly uniform metal surface topography that simply cannot be replicated. The benefits of using laser-treated steel include:
- Reduced friction and galling, resulting in improved part quality
- Longer tool and die life
- Improved process yield
- Avoidance of costly tool and die coatings
- Increased productivity due to reduced press downtime
- Improved metal flow in the die
- Lower energy costs through increased efficiencies
To learn more about Greer’s LaserMatte product and process behind it, you can read the entire article here on page 25.