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 Aluminum Titanium Nitride (AlTiN). ALtima® is the original high   performance coating.  This coating allows tools to be run at higher speeds   and feeds in a wide array of materials.  Also, it allows the option of running   tools dry due to the high oxidation temperature of the coating.

 Tool Number Designation:  A
 Microhardness (HV): 3100
 Maximum Service Temperature:  1100° C / 2012° F
 Friction Coefficient:  0.42

 Recommended for aluminum and aluminum alloys up to 12% Si,
 non-ferrous metals and composites.  Gem+ provides excellent wear
 resistance and maintains sharp cutting edges.

 Tool Number Designation:  GP
 Microhardness (HV): 4710
 Maximum Service Temperature:  500° C / 932° F
 Friction Coefficient:  0.30

 ALtima® Plus
 The Aluminum Titanium Nitride (AlTiN) multi-layer coating has
 optimized coating structure with pre and post treatment of the
 coating for optimized high performance drilling in any ferrous material.

 Tool Number Designation:  AP 
 Microhardness (HV): 3200
 Maximum Service Temperature:  1100° C / 2012° F
 Friction Coefficient:  0.25

 A CVD diamond coating for composites and aluminum that offers
 the maximum hardness and wear resistance of any of our coatings.

 Tool Number Designation: GX 
 Microhardness (HV): 10000
 Maximum Service Temperature:  600° C / 1100° F
 Friction Coefficient:  0.10

 ALtima® 52      
 Aluminum Titanium Nitride (AlTiN).  ALtima® 52 is specially designed
 for milling hardened steels 52 Rc and above.  It has very high
 hardness and the oxidation temperature of the coating makes this
 the absolute best choice for hardened steel milling.  ALtima® 52 is
 designed to allow for dry machining.

 Tool Number Designation:  A or AH
 Microhardness (HV): 3600
 Maximum Service Temperature:  1200° C / 2192° F
 Friction Coefficient:  0.40
 Titanium Nitride (TiN).  TiN coating has shown good results in low
 carbon steels and many iron-based applications.  It is a very popular
 coating used in the industry today.

 Tool Number Designation:  T
 Microhardness (HV): 2300
 Maximum Service Temperature:  600° C / 1112° F
 Friction Coefficient:  0.40


 ALtima® Blaze  
 Aluminum Chromium Nitride (AlCrN).  ALtima® Blaze is designed
 to allow higher material removal rates.  This coating has a higher
 oxidation temperature than a typical TiAlN coating.  It has shown
 very good results in nickel alloys, titanium, and other difficult to
 machine materials.  Tools coated with ALtima® Blaze can be used
 in dry machining.

 Tool Number Designation:  B 
 Microhardness (HV): 3200
 Maximum Service Temperature:  1100° C / 2012° F
 Friction Coefficient:  0.35


 Titanium Carbonitride (TiCN).  TiCN is a multi-layer coating.  Because
 of the multi-layer composition, TiCN is tougher than TiN, even
 though TiCN is harder.  The added toughness of the TiCN coating
 makes it a good choice for mechanically stressed edges like in end
 mill applications.  The higher hardness makes TiCN a good choice 
 for abrasive applications where higher wear resistance is required.

 Tool Number Designation:  C 
 Microhardness (HV): 3000
 Maximum Service Temperature:  400° C / 752° F
 Friction Coefficient:  0.40

 ALtima® Micro
 An ultra thin, nano structured TiAlN coating developed specifically
 for micro tool applications.

 Tool Number Designation:  AM
 Microhardness (HV): 3300
 Maximum Service Temperature:  900° C / 1652° F
 Friction Coefficient:  0.30-0.35
 CERAedge® is a unique coating that provides excellent performance
 in titanium, aluminum, and composites.

 Tool Number Designation:  CE
 Microhardness (HV): 3400
 Maximum Service Temperature:  1100° C / 2012° F
 Friction Coefficient:  0.25

 ALtima® Xtreme  
 Designed for high speed and dry machining.

 Tool Number Designation:  AX 
 Microhardness (HV): 3800
 Maximum Service Temperature:  1100° C / 2012° F
 Friction Coefficient:  0.30-0.50
 Special Coatings
 Upon request, M.A. Ford® can provide any commercially available


 Titanium DiBoride (TiB2) is a unique coating with a low aluminum
 affinity, smooth surface finish and high hardness.  It is ideal for
 aluminum and magnesium alloys as it prevents build-up on
 cutting edge, provides superior chip flow along with extended
 wear resistance.

 Tool Number Designation:  F 
 Microhardness (HV): 4000
 Maximum Service Temperature:  700° C / 1292° F
 Friction Coefficient:  0.30
 Any Standard uncoated M.A. Ford® cutting tool can be provided
 with coating if requested.  Contact M.A. Ford® Customer Service

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