Grade Charts

Grade Charts

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Type
Vista Grade
Average Density (g/cm3)
Rockwell 'A' Hardness (average)
Grain Size
Wc
Co
Ni
TaNbC
OTHER
Characteristics/Applications
COBALT BINDER VM-3 15.19 93.3 Fine 97.00 3.00 --- --- --- Extremely Hard for Severe Wear. Compacting Dies, Wear Applications, EDM Wire Guides, Sand Blasting Nozzles, Fine Wire Dies.
COBALT BINDER VM-6 14.83 91.9 Fine 94.00 6.00 --- --- --- Excellent Wear, Light Impact. Seal Rings, Compacting Powder Metal, Blades, Wear Rolls, Valve Components.
COBALT BINDER VM-6T 14.89 91.8 Medium 94.00 6.00 --- --- --- High Hardness for Wear Applications. Light Impact. Oil Field Tooling
COBALT BINDER VM-9 14.60 91.1 Fine 91.00 9.00 --- --- --- High Wear, Light Impact. Tab Tooling, Draw Dies, Stamping Dies, Compacting Dies, Can Forming Dies, Shearing Knives.
COBALT BINDER VM-12 14.32 90.1 Fine 88.00 12.00 --- --- --- Good Wear, Medium Impact. Stamping Dies, Lamination Dies, Extrusion Dies, Compacting Dies, Can Tooling, Draw Dies, Draw Mandrels.
COBALT BINDER VM-13 14.23 89.7 Fine 87.00 13.00 --- --- --- Good Wear, Medium Impact. Stamping Punches & Dies, Lamination Dies, Extrusion Dies, Compacting Dies, Draw Dies, Draw Mandrels.
COBALT BINDER VM-15 14.05 89.1 Fine 85.00 15.00 --- --- --- Good Wear. Lamination Dies, Scroll Dies, Stamping Dies & Punches, Cut Edge Rings, Form Rolls, Crush Rolls.
COBALT BINDER VM-17 13.85 87.4 Medium 83.00 17.00 --- --- --- Medium Wear, Medium to Heavy Impact. Punching Thick Materials, Pulverizing Hammers, Heavy Punch Operations, Heavy Coining, Form Rolls.
COBALT BINDER VM-20 13.57 85.5 Medium 80.00 20.00 --- --- --- Heavy Impact. Heavy Coining and Blanking Operations, Crushing Hammers, Cold Heading and Forming.
COBALT BINDER VM-23 13.28 84.0 Medium 77.00 23.00 --- --- --- High Impact. Cold Heading and Forming, Nail Dies.
COBALT BINDER VM-25 13.10 83.4 Medium 75.00 25.00 --- --- --- Severe Impact and Shock. Cold Heading and Forming, Nail Dies.
COBALT BINDER VM-30 12.72 81.0 Medium 70.00 30.00 --- --- --- Extreme Impact. Cold Heading and Forming, Nail Dies.
COBALT BINDER VM-20H 13.38 85.5 Medium 77.00 20.00 --- 3.00 --- Heavy Impact Gall Resistant. Cold Heading and Forming.
COBALT BINDER VM-25H 13.03 83.3 Medium 72.00 25.00 --- 3.00 --- Severe Impact Gall Resistant. Cold Heading and Forming, Nail Dies.
COBALT BINDER VM-3M 15.19 94.2 SubMicron 97.00 3.00 --- --- --- High Hardness, Extreme Wear, Very Ligh Impact. Can Tooling, Ironing Dies
COBALT BINDER VM-6M 14.90 93.0 SubMicron 94.00 6.00 --- --- --- Extremely Hard for Severe Wear, Light Impact. EDM Wire Guides, Blades, Special Rotary Drilling Blades, Reamer Blanks, Ironing Rings, Crush Rolls.
COBALT BINDER VM-10M 14.51 91.5 SubMicron 90.00 10.00 --- --- --- High Wear and Edge Strength. Stamping Dies, Draw Dies, Compacting Dies, Rotary Drilling, Saw Blades, Slitter Rings, Shearing Knives, Ironing Rings.
COBALT BINDER VM-12M 14.32 90.8 SubMicron 88.00 12.00 --- --- --- High Wear and Edge Strength. Stamping Dies and Punches, Lamination Dies, Shearing Knives, Can Tooling.
COBALT BINDER VM-15M 14.14 90.1 SubMicron 86.00 14.00 --- --- --- High Wear and Edge Strength. Lamination Dies, Blanking Dies, Stainless Steel Blanking, Silicon Steel Stamping, Blades.
COBALT BINDER VM-6C 14.90 90.4 Coarse 94.00 6.00 --- --- --- High Wear, Light to Medium Impact. Compacting Dies.
COBALT BINDER VM-11C 14.42 89.7 Medium 89.00 11.00 --- --- --- Good Wear and Strength. Impact Punches, Extrusion Punches, Coining Dies, Deep Draw Dies, Rolls, Cold Forming, Stamping Dies, WEDM Blanks.
COBALT BINDER VM-12C 14.32 88.0 Coarse 88.00 12.00 --- --- --- Good Wear, Heavy Shock. Impact Punches, Punches and Dies for Extruding, Cold Forming, WEDM Blanks, Compacting Dies, Swaging Dies.
COBALT BINDER VM-14C 14.14 87.2 Coarse 86.00 14.00 --- --- --- Medium Wear, Heavy Shock. Impact Punches, Compacting Dies, Extrusion Dies, Draw Dies, Blades.
COBALT BINDER VM-17C 13.90 86.5 Coarse 83.00 17.00 --- --- --- Medium Wear. Heavy Shock. Impact Punches, Compacting Dies, Draw Dies, Cold Forming.
NICKEL BINDER VM-N6 14.90 91.7 Fine 94.00 --- 6.00 --- --- Excellent Wear and Corrosion Resistance. Sleeves, Nozzles, Valve Trim, seat Rings.
NICKEL BINDER VM-N8 14.74 91.0 Fine 92.00 --- 8.00 --- --- Corrosion Resistant, High Wear, Light Impact. Nozzles, Cutting Blades
NICKEL BINDER VM-N10 14.52 89.5 Fine 90.00 --- 10.00 --- --- High Wear and Corrosion Resistance. seal Rings, Blades, Form Rolls.
NICKEL BINDER VM-N12 14.33 89.0 Fine 88.00 --- 12.00 --- --- Good Wear and Corrosion Resistance. Aluminum Can Tooling (where drawing lubricants are a problem).
NICKEL BINDER VM-NM12 14.33 89.0 Fine 88.00 --- 12.00 --- --- Good Wear and Corrosion Resistance. Non-Magnetic. Die liners and Aluminum Can Tooling (where magnetism presents a problem).
NICKEL BINDER VM-N15 14.06 87.0 Fine 85.00 --- 15.00 --- --- Corrosion Resistant, Medium Wear, Medium Impact. Rolls, Cutting Blades
CORROSION RESISTANT VM-K309 14.23 90.8 Coarse 86.50 9.00 --- 3.00 1.50 Good Wear Resistance and Strength, Self Lubricating. Stamping Dies, Long-Immersion WEDM blanks.
CORROSION RESISTANT VM-K311 14.00 89.5 Coarse 84.50 11.00 --- 3.00 1.50 Good Wear Resistance and Strength, Self Lubricating. Punches, Stamping Dies, Compacting Dies, Long-Immersion WEDM blanks.
CORROSION RESISTANT VM-K313 13.80 88.5 Coarse 82.50 13.00 --- 3.00 1.50 Medium Resistance and Impact Toughness, Self Lubricating. Punches, Compacting Dies, Long-Immersion WEDM blanks.
MIXED BINDER VM-L501 11.85 92.1 Submicron 78.00 --- --- --- 22.00 High Hardness, High Wear Resistance, Corrosion Resistance, Light Weight, Mixed Binder Carbide. Can Tooling
MIXED BINDER VM-S101 14.65 92.6 Fine 92.50 0.50 6.00 --- 1.00 Mixed Binder, Corrosion Resistant, High Hardness for Wear Applications, Light Impact. Sleeves, Cutting Blades.
MIXED BINDER VM-S102 14.45 91.8 Fine 91.00 0.50 8.00 --- 0.50 Mixed Binder, Corrosion Resistant, Medium Hardness and Wear Resistance, Medium Impact. Sleeves, Cutting Blades.
MIXED BINDER VM-S103 14.33 90.7 Fine 89.00 0.50 10.00 --- 0.50 Mixed Binder, Corrosion Resistant, Good Wear Resistance, Higher Impact. Sleeves, Cutting Blades.
MIXED BINDER VM-S302 14.28 91.5 Fine 88.00 3.50 7.50 --- 1.00 Mixed Binder, Excellent Corrosion and Wear Resistance. Oil Field Tooling.
MIXED BINDER VM-S303 14.17 89.9 Medium 87.25 1.75 10.00 --- 1.00 Mixed Binder, Excellent Corrosion and Improved Toughness. Can Tooling.
Composition values may vary ±1%. The Company reserves the right to change, amend or modify the chemical composition and or physical specifications of its product grades.

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