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Archive of May 2009

Why have coatings become such a critical factor in the performance of cutting tools?

These days, cutting tool suppliers are devoting increasing amounts of R&D resources into the coatings that go on cutting tools, and for good reason. Coatings and coating processes are getting the credit for recent improvements in metal removal rates in many of the difficult-to-machine materials such as hardened steels and Inconels used in the aerospace industry and other sectors.

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In a bad economy, instead of job cuts, Arkansas’ only nanomanufacturing plant plans on hiring hundreds of new employees, in the next five years.

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Duralor, a company once interested in being based in Fort Smith, is set to open on May 29 Arkansas’ first nanomanufacturing facility in the Springdale Technology Park.

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Duralor, a Springdale-based producer of high-performance coatings and coating processes for cutting tools and machine-wear parts, announced that it will open a production and R&D site May 29. The facility, located in the Springdale Technology Park, will also house NanoMech’s headquarters and joint research operations. A subsidiary of NanoMech, Duralor competes in the $20 billion global cutting tool market.

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uralor LLC, a Springdale-based producer of high-performance coatings and coating processes for cutting tools and machine-wear parts, announced that it will open a production and R&D site May 29. The facility, located in the Springdale Technology Park, will also house NanoMech’s headquarters and joint research operations. A subsidiary of NanoMech, Duralor competes in the $20 billion global cutting tool market.

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Northwest Arkansas will soon be home to the state’s only nanomanufacturing facility. Duralor® LLC, a Springdale-based producer of high-performance coatings and coating processes for cutting tools and machine-wear parts, announced that it will open a production and R&D site May 29.

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Duralor manufactures cubic boron nitride (cBN) coatings for cutting-tool applications currently in use with a global automotive manufacturer and in the heavy-machinery industry under the product name TuffTek®. Diamonds are the only cutting surface harder than cBN, but are unsuitable for hardened steel machining.

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Duralor LLC, a Springdale-based producer of high-performance coatings and coating processes for cutting tools and machine-wear parts, announced Tuesday that it will open a production and R&D site May 29. The facility, located in the Springdale Technology Park, will also house NanoMech’s headquarters and joint research operations. A subsidiary of NanoMech, Duralor competes in the $20 billion global cutting tool market.

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As the newly named chairman of Fayetteville-based NanoMech, Phillips sees the next sea change originating from the University of Arkansas’ Research Park.

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