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Rinteln, Niedersachsen, Germany, 2016/03/24 - STÜKEN, the global leader in manufacturing stamped and deep-drawn parts, now offers the SWEP15® process for the case hardening of stainless steel. Components treated with SWEP15® obtain an extremely hard and wear resistant surface.
With SWEP15®, surface hardness levels of more than 1,400 HV 0.1 can be achieved, the service life of components can be extended tenfold and cost-efficient hardening as bulk material is possible.
Technical Managing Director Dr.-Ing. Uwe Krismann presents SWEP15® as the result of in-depth research and development work. "The result is a product that meets all conceivable requirements. Despite the hard surface, components maintain their strength and non-magnetic properties, the layer thickness is variable between 5 and 30 µm, and the sliding capacity is high." Furthermore, in thorough field tests, the diffusion layer has proved to be exceedingly resistant to chipping. For cost-conscious customers and there are many of them the fact that SWEP15® allows for hardening deep-drawn parts as bulk material is also highly interesting.
Dr.-Ing. Hubert Schmidt, Commercial Managing Director of STÜKEN, focuses on a further advantage: "Since we can offer everything from a single source, we have complete control over quality. This means security for our customers, and also creates organizational and logistic advantages which are soon reflected in financial terms."
SWEP15® was tried out in customer comparison tests, and is already used in numerous applications. For example, the process prevents seal seat wear in ABS valves.
As a result of improved fatigue strength under alternating stress, SWEP15® enables the lightweight design of components with up to 80% less wall thickness. This is accompanied by enormous savings potentials in material and weight.
Founded in 1931, STÜKEN (stueken.de | stueken.com) today is considered the leading global supplier of precision deep-drawn parts made of metal. Stampings and injection molded parts as well as complex assemblies complete the range and guarantee customers finished products of highest quality. The products can be found in countless applications from domestic appliances and fittings to computers, mobile phones and automobiles. Statistically every car sold worldwide contains 40 STÜKEN components. The independent, innovative family-owned company based in the German city of Rinteln on the river Weser has about 1.200 employees, subsidiaries in the United States, the Czech Republic and the People's Republic of China, and achieved sales of 165 million euros in 2015.