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Niles, Donald E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 48, Number 3 (November 1943)

Initiation articles for Eta Kappa Nu,   pp. 28-30


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W    ITH the outbreak of war in 1939, the Allied
)v   Nations- abruptly cut off from Germany as
a principal source of supply for carbides-diverted
the full flood of their carbide demands to the
United States.
  Fortunately, American industry had established
-as far back as 1928-its own independent sources
of supply. These American suppliers were ready to
meet the emergency with a background of 10 years'
experience in the development, manufacture and
application of this urgently needed material. They
had the skill, the equipment, and a generous margin
of reserve capacity.
  To the hard pressed Allied Nations-struggling
to offset the tremendous output of a German war
production long since tooled with carbide by
ofi'cial decree-went tons of American carbides
in steadily increasing quantities. Foresight and
preparedness enabled American carbide manufac-
turers to fill this urgent need and at the same time
meet the pyramiding demands of domestic
industries.
  Today, you will find carbides a factor of vital
importance in stepping up and keeping up the pro-
duction of not only the United States but also such
countries as England, Russia, Australia, Canada,
China, India, Mexico and many others among the
United Nations.
  The full extent to which carbides are being used
in the cause of victory is difficult to visualize.
Carboloy Company production alone, for example,
is at an annual rate 45 times greater than that of
any pre-war year. Monthly production of carbides
-formerly measured in pounds-can today be
expressed in tons-many tons per month! Yet the
average carbide tool contains but a fraction of an
ounce of carbide at the cutting edge-and a single
tool during its usable life machines hundreds of
parts for the implements of war. Particularly im-
portant is the use of carbides for cutting steel-
a major field of use for Carboloy tools. (More than
60% of the Carboloy Cemented Carbide produced
today for machining purposes is for cutting steel.)
  A high order of performance-so high as to have
been once considered incredible-is now commonly
expected, and obtained, with carbides. Such things
as increases in output of 3 to 1, lengthened tool
life of 10 to 1, finish cuts that eliminate arduous
grinding, machining of former "non-machineable"
alloys, reductions of 25%, 50%, 75% in machining
costs-results such as these are every-day occur-
rences in war production today.
  This widespread use of carbides in war, indicates
a new era of production economy when normal
commerce returns. Manufacturers who have con-
verted to carbides to meet the present emergency
will then have at their immediate disposal an
economic weapon of unusual advantage in seeking
world markets.
Carboloy Company, Inc., Detroit, Mich.
Authorized Distributors: Canadian General Electric Co., Ltd., Toronto.
Foreign Sales: International General Electric Co., Schenectady, N. Y.
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