WATCH FOR UPDATED SUPERABRASIVE EDUCATION COURSE IN 2020
EDUCATION CRITICAL TO MANUFACTURING SUCCESSEducation has been a major topic today across all mainstream news media and trade publications. The US Government has even initiated programs that address the issue of a manufacturing workforce that is seriously lacking in both numbers and skilled labor headcount. With many companies reshoring and a host of others in the midst of building new plants, or retooling existing operations to meet rising productivity demands, new operations have seen an influx of sophisticated machines. To match this technological upheaval, it has become paramount that skilled labor be educated in the characteristics, properties and performance of the new-age abrasives being applied. Education has become one of the most important challenges for every industry and manufacturing operation. The Industrial Diamond Association of America (IDA) has met that challenge. Going back almost seven decades the IDA has set the standard for education and training, beginning with natural diamond first used in carbide grinding applications. Then came the windfall of manufactured superabrasives and the face of manufacturing changed forever. The IDA once again was in the forefront educating an established workforce on the advantages and application of these new materials.
Diamond, Cubic Boron Nitride (cBN), CVD Diamond, CVD cBN, Nanodiamond, Polycrystalline Diamond and Polycrystalline cBN materials are all classified as “superabrasives”. This nomenclature was chronicled over 50 years ago due to the performance and life expectancy of these materials in machining and grinding applications. Whether it's machining of hardened steel in automotive or grinding of exotic materials in aerospace, superabrasives have increased productivity and reduced scrap. Across all industries and in myriad applications superabrasives have set the benchmark for achieving Six Sigma operations.
Of course the characteristics and properties of superabrasives have taken them well beyond material removal applications. Superabrasives can be found today in the medical field as drug carrying vehicles to kill cancerous tumors or as prosthetic joints and coatings in Orthopedics. In everything from Electronic heat sinks and storage texturing for hard drives, to diamond windows and Optic coatings, the use of superabrasives are changing the face of manufacturing and product performance.
Due to the widespread use and application of superabrasives there is a critical need for Education regarding Superabrasive Materials, Principles and Applications.