As a manufacturer of tungsten carbide precision wear parts, our name Endurance Carbide makes a lot of sense: carbide lasts a long time – much longer than steel.
Expansion in the consumption of cemented carbide continues to grow.
World total of 10 tons in 1930; to 100 tons in the mid 30’s to a 1,000 tons in the early 40’s to 10,000 tons in the early 1960’s to 30,000 ton today.
Our company started in 1961, shortly after carbide’s initial growth in prominence following the late 1950s. Before then, steel had quite the monopoly throughout the World War II era.
Compared to carbide, steel is less expensive. While you may save on the upfront cost with steel, it doesn’t last as long. You’ll be replacing steel products multiple times before you have to replace one of carbide.
For example, we’ve had a customer that previously used steel punches in their operation. Each machine used two punches, and with working around the clock, they were using six steel punches per day ($34.83 each punch), per machine.
Additionally, they were losing a half hour of production per each punch change. When they switched to carbide punches ($98.24 each punch), the machines ran for 15 days around the clock before they required a change.
In Comparison. Steel Punches = 2 punches per machine $34.83 x 2 = $69.66 x 3 times a day = $208.98 x 15 days = $3134.70 per machine compared to carbide punches which equaled $196.48 per machine for 15 days with no hour and half per day downtime.
Carbide is tremendously effective and lasts longer. You may pay a little more in short term, but it’s a cost-savings measure in the long term. The longer tool life not only eventually saves you money, but also increases production since you’ll have less machine downtime.
And carbide has only improved since it first arrived to the scene. When it first started getting used, there were only a limited amount carbide grades – ranging from C-2 through C-19. There are at least 5,000 different grades of tungsten carbide sold under more than 1,500 different trade names by more than 1,500 different companies.
Carbide’s certainly changed a lot since our company first started, and is growing more and more in use over steel. Mark Porath, Endurance Carbide’s General Manager, said to convince a customer in switching from steel to carbide still takes some doing because they worry that it will bust. Many are still hesitant, but it is getting so much better. Steel can be very forgiving in that regard, but we’ve found once someone does make the change, they never return to steel.
Our Plant Floor layout changes are now complete! We want to recognize the efforts of Steve Prabucki and all of the Endurance Carbide Team who made this happen efficiently and quickly!
We're heading into 2018 with a streamlined layout and better workflow so we can deliver products more efficiently to you!
We're cleaning up and clearing out! We are now beginning the process of a complete new plant floor layout to improve our quality and process!
We will be implementing it this fall!
Check out the video below to find out what's happening!
At Endurance Carbide, we focus on the three P’s: our Processes, Products, and People.
Our dedicated team practices proven processes with consistency to ensure safety and create quality products for you!
Michigan Celebrates Small Business Announces Award Winners to be Honored in Lansing.
Nearly 60 companies from across the state will be honored at the eleventh annual Michigan Celebrates Small at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Awards include the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.
The Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award, sponsored by Michigan Celebrates Small Business, honors growth-oriented businesses based on market expansion, job creation, technological innovation, and community impact. Companies represent a wide variety of industries.
To be considered, companies must be privately held and headquartered in Michigan, have between six and 99 employees and generate between $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue, or have working capital from investors or received grants in 2014.
We are much honored to receive this award. The recognition signifies the team’s dedication and hard work. Sharing ideas and thoughts to find solutions to become more efficient in what we do to obtain current company goals and beyond to remain competitive in the global markets.
Thank you, The Endurance Carbide Team
Michigan 50 Companies to Watch
The Michigan 50 Companies to Watch recognizes 50 companies that are high potential, second-stage companies in Michigan. After submitting a nomination, the company will be notified to complete an application.
To be considered for selection as one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, the enterprise must meet the following for the year ending 2019.
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