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Kennametal Extrude Hone and PEMtec in ECM alliance

Kennametal Extrude Hone, a business unit of Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, Pa., and PEMtec, based in France, have signed an agreement to supply customers with electro chemical machining (ECM) technology. Through electrochemical metal removal, ECM can shape complex geometries in practically all metals, e.g., in highly tempered steel, rolling bearing steel, powder-metallurgy steel and super-alloys. ECM also taps applications that could not be feasibly manufactured, if at all, in the past by conventional machining techniques, including milling, grinding or electrical discharge machining (EDM).

As Kennametal Extrude Hone already supplies advanced metal-finishing technologies to a variety of industries, the PEMtec alliance is seen as a logical extension of Kennametal’s global portfolio. Fuel injection, for example, is seen as a key application for ECM growth, as increased pollution standards force fuel injection manufacturers worldwide to obtain increased “freedom of design” that was formerly limited by conventional manufacturing methods. ECM market opportunities also have been identified in automotive gear boxes and elsewhere in engine and powertrain areas. ECM can also advance production of precision medical components, where manufacturing minimally invasive surgical tools is a challenge because of material conditions and complex shape requirements. PEMtec was founded in Dilligen, Saarland, Germany in 1995 and moved to Forbach, France in 2003.

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Posted Jan. 30, 2013


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