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Growth of Additive Manufacturing Spurs Heat Treater to Add Hot Isostatic Press
Heat treating specialist Paulo acquired the HIP, and more, from Quintus Technologies
VÄSTERÅS, Sweden–Paulo, a prominent North American heat-treating specialist, will add hot isostatic pressing to its thermal processing services with the acquisition of a Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies. The press, model QIH 122 M URC®, is equipped with Quintus’s proprietary uniform rapid cooling (URC), a feature that improves material properties in additive manufacturing and investment casting, Paulo said in a press release.
“We see the market for HIP expanding, with a large part attributed to additive manufacturing,” said Paulo Vice President of Engineering Scott Herzing, in the release. “We have the leading material knowledge and process expertise to help our customers in this area. The ability to combine HIP and heat treatment will allow us to offer one-stop-shop thermal processing solutions, with faster turnaround times.”
The HIP will be installed in Paulo’s recently expanded Cleveland Division, a facility in Willoughby, Ohio, that provides specialized brazing and precise vacuum heat treatment. The plant’s AS9100 quality management system and Nadcap accreditation make it especially well-suited to serve the needs of the aerospace and power generation industries, the company said.
Configured as a Quintus Modularized Solution, a space- and energy-saving profile that simplifies building and civil work and reduces infrastructure investment, the press features a work zone 26.0 inches (660 mm) in diameter and 68.9 inches (1,750 mm) in height. It operates at a maximum temperature of 2,552°F (1,400°C) and maximum pressure of 30,000 psi (2,070 bar).
The press’s URC feature is said to streamline the steps involved in material densification by combining heat treatment and cooling in a single process, known as High Pressure Heat Treatment (HPHT). The design enables all processed components to cool uniformly, minimizing thermal distortion and non-uniform grain growth, and improving their performance. Heating and cooling the workload only once, in a single cycle, enhances efficiency and dramatically reduces per-unit processing costs.
In addition to turnkey delivery, the Paulo order includes an extra furnace base, extended warranty, and a five-year Quintus Care agreement. Quintus Care is not only a rigorous preventative maintenance program to assure safe, trouble-free press operation and optimized functionality at a fixed annual cost. It is also said to provide customers with significant technical expertise to achieve success in their specific applications.
Paulo and Quintus Technologies have also entered into a marketing agreement that reflects the commitment of both companies to work closely together to spread the use of the HPHT process.
“Paulo was very intrigued by our ability to offer a complete partnership: the system itself, the Quintus Care program, including application support, and the marketing agreement,” said Jan Söderström, CEO of Quintus Technologies. “With this partnership, they see the possibility to enter the market in the best possible way.”
“Working with a market-leading company like Quintus is a good fit for Paulo,” said Herzing. “This partnership will allow us to continue to do what we have always done–help our customers succeed.”
Quintus Technologies (www.quintustechnologies.com) specializes in the design, manufacture, installation, and support of high-pressure systems for sheet metal forming and densification of advanced materials and critical industrial components. Headquartered in Västerås, Sweden, and represented in 35 countries worldwide, the company reports that it has delivered more than 1,800 systems to customers across the globe within industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy, and medical implants.
Paulo (www.paulo.com), headquartered in St. Louis, is among the largest providers of thermal processing and metal finishing services in North America. The company operates six divisions servicing the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Southeast regions of the United States and northern Mexico. It serves customers in the aerospace, energy, and automotive markets, among others.
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