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The Use of Tungsten Carbide in the Automotive Industry

Tungsten carbide and the process of scrap carbide recycling is fast building manufacturing components that provide a higher reliability, life span, and hardness factor. In no other industry has tungsten carbide been processed into high-performance mechanical parts than in the automotive industry.

Carbide recycling is a relatively new process that came into being when the cost of raw tungsten caused manufacturers to seek additional ways to utilize this material. So industries learned that discarding worn, broken, filings, and tungsten carbide dust with the other scrap metals was not effectual. Current scrap carbide pricing calls for a much higher rate per pound than does standard scrap metal pricing.

scrap carbide recyclingCarbide recyclers opened shop to process this carbide scrap and send it along to manufacturers to make into new products. The tungsten carbide is generally cemented together with various compounds, again making the recycled carbide product one of the highest level of hardness, reliability, and life span.

Automotive Industry Finds Use for Tungsten Carbide

Scrap carbide recycling is producing many fine products and tools for several major industries like mining, road construction, and medical instruments. The entrance of carbide into the automotive industry has taken a little longer, but the value of making mechanical parts out of Tungsten carbide can provide a better performance in high stress or heat areas of a vehicle.

One of the most common areas that tungsten carbide recycling has become popular in the automotive industry is in the production of studs for tires (studded snow tires). In the past, hardened steel was used, and invariably the studs wore quickly, broke, or simple cracked and shattered under the extreme temperatures.

With the advent of Tungsten Carbide being used in more and more industries, it has been found that these studs can be replaced with the higher quality, stronger, and less likely to crack and break under pressure tungsten carbide studs for tires. Passenger cars, light duty trucks, and large construction vehicles use studded snow tires to manage the extreme weather in various areas of the country. The studs made from tungsten carbide are more reliable and last much longer than the old hardened steel.

scrap carbide recyclingIn addition to studs on tires, the automotive industry is also seeing excellent results in using tungsten carbide for ball joints, brakes, crank shafts in performance vehicles, and other mechanical parts of a vehicle that sees hard usage and/or extreme temperatures. These particular parts (ball joints, brakes, and crank shafts) are mechanical automotive parts that see a heavy usage with high temperatures that can cause hardened steel to crack or otherwise break apart. Performance vehicles are extremely fortunate to be able to have pertinent parts made from Tungsten Carbide.

Scrap Carbide Recycling

It’s no wonder that carbide recyclers are actively soliciting businesses and industries in order to obtain their scrap carbide. Current scrap carbide pricing is well over the basic scrap metal value, and the push to manufacture new products from the remnants of tungsten carbide is building a whole new arena in the economy providing jobs, producing business for communities, and using a valuable material that can only be obtained raw and imported from foreign countries.

Carbide-USA is available to process your scrap carbide and send it on to manufacturers to be made into new product. Contact Carbide-USA for additional information in how to keep your carbide separate from other materials, and how to send to carbide recyclers to obtain the current scrap carbide pricing.

December 30th, 2014