Sandvik introduces PowerCarbide

Sandvik was the first company to produce rock tools with cemented carbide, which is one of the most successful composite engineering materials ever produced and now it has now gathered its most powerful carbide grades under one name: PowerCarbide.

 Sandvik's Rock Tools PowerCarbide DTH uniface bit

Sandvik's Rock Tools PowerCarbide DTH uniface bit

The PowerCarbide range offers a unique combination of strength, hardness, toughness and wear resistance -significantly enhancing both drilling performance and cost-effectiveness.

"Sandvik has been the market leader in the development of cemented carbides for decades. The introduction of the PowerCarbide concept enables us to showcase the importance of carbide grades in drilling operations," said Marie Lundbäck, R&D manager Hard Materials, Rock Tools, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. "Our key strengths in this area lie in our innovations in advanced material compositions and production processes.

"Sandvik PowerCarbide is the most significant carbide innovation in the rock drilling industry for decades," added Lundbäck. "As we have the most comprehensive range of advanced carbide tools, we can offer our customers tailored solutions to meet their specific drilling needs. At the same time, we are able to contribute to a more sustainable future through our unique global carbide recycling system."

The Sandvik PowerCarbide family currently consists of the grades DP55, DP65, GC80, SH70, XT49, XT70 and XT90. New grades will be launched and added to the family as Sandvik continues to develop the range. All Sandvik products with PowerCarbide inserts will have a PowerCarbide symbol to differentiate them from the company's standard carbide products.