Hardox® wear plate is a highly abrasion-resistant (AR) steel prized for its exceptional strength and durability. Developed by Swedish steel company SSAB in 1974, it is widely used for the fabrication of metal components for a range of applications and industries, including agriculture, mining, construction, energy, and metalworking. Hardox is superior to traditional AR steel plate in both hardness and wear resistance, ultimately providing more durable, long-lasting components.
As one of the premier national fabricators of precision metal component parts, G.E. Mathis Company has extensive experience manufacturing Hardox components. We are pleased to be a member of the Hardox Wearparts network, which consists of a global consortium of metalworking experts qualified by SSAB in the use of Hardox materials. Hardox Wearparts members gain access to high-level material knowledge to support the safe and efficient production of the highest quality Hardox products.
Top Reasons to Use HARDOX Over Alternatives
Hardox is an exceptionally hard steel alloy from the surface of the material through its core, which provides extended service life and enhanced productivity in even the most demanding environments. Some of the primary benefits afforded by Hardox include:
Greater Strength and Durability
Hardox exhibits exceptional hardness and toughness, allowing it to better endure the extensive wear and extreme pressures common in heavy industrial environments. Due to its unique level of toughness, Hardox withstands heavy impacts, wear, and abrasion without cracking, denting, bending, or warping.
Hardox wear plate and components retain their shape even in extremely harsh environments, which ensures predictable and reliable performance and facilitates extremely tight tolerances for thickness, flatness, and bending. Hardox plate offers tolerance guarantees, so you can feel comfortable relying on Hardox for precision manufacturing and other complex applications.
Improved Performance and Extended Service Life
Hardox wear plate is specifically designed to bear heavy loads, thereby reducing the pressure on other machine components and improving equipment performance. Using Hardox components in your equipment helps to protect both machinery and workpieces from undue wear and tear, thereby extending the service life of your equipment as much as 10 times the norm in some applications. Hardox is easy to repair and maintain, saving time and money in repairs, maintenance, and downtime for applications such as:
- Front-wheel loaders
- Mining trucks
- Tipper bodies
Hardox is highly machinable, which makes it ideal for the creation of thin, light components that resist wear and abrasion. Hardox wear plate’s unique qualities ensure that it retains its shape, hardness, and durability while greatly reducing the overall weight of the equipment.
Easily Formed and Finished
Hardox wear plate is more easily formed and finished than the traditional AR steel plate, which makes finishing processes easier. Hardox wear plate comes directly from the mill with a factory-applied primer coating, which lends itself well to painting or coating downstream in the fabrication process.
G.E. Mathis Company Solutions
G.E. Mathis Company’s highly knowledgeable and experienced craftsmen specialize in the manufacture of Hardox components and offer a wide range of services from small-scale prototype and marketing batches to large-scale production. Our dedication and collaboration have made us a global leader in precision metal fabrication for more than 115 years. We also provide many other metal fabrication services, including, Precision Laser Processing, Hi-Definition Plasma Cutting, Press Brake Forming, and Precision Welding.
We work in collaboration with a variety of trusted suppliers—including SSAB, the steel mill that produces Hardox wear plate. We are pleased to offer Hardox in both sheet and plate form, in thicknesses ranging from 0.125 inches up to 2 inches.
To learn more about the benefits of Hardox in your manufacturing processes, download our eBook “Fabricating Tougher Components With Hardox”. For more information about G.E. Mathis Company’s superior metalworking products and services, please contact us or request a quote.