Bodycote, the world’s largest heat treating services provider, has announced that its Chesterfield, UK, Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) facility has once again earned the highest level of Nadcap accreditation following a recent Nadcap audit. The official approval was awarded on 2 February 2017.
As one of the original HIP facilities to achieve this standard, the company is now targeting to further extend its Merit status. This is building on a long history of supplying Hot Isostatic Pressing to the world’s aerospace prime manufacturers and their first tier suppliers.
Hot Isostatic Pressing ensures that any porosity within an additively manufactured component is removed, thereby reducing the variation in mechanical properties when compared with the as-built part, as well as improving ductility and fatigue strength.
Moving forward, Bodycote stated that the Chesterfield site continues to play a strategic, long term role for new aerospace high technology programmes. The company added that it will continue to invest in resources and capital for development and operations to meet the demands required for this future growth.