Flame Spray invests in a HIP from Quintus Technologies

June 23, 2020

Italy’s Flame Spray has invested in Quintus Technologies’ QIH 122 M URC Hot Isostatic Press (Courtesy Quintus Technologies)

Quintus Technologies, Västerås, Sweden, reports that advanced thermal spray coatings specialist Flame Spray SpA, Roncello, Italy, has invested in a QIH 122 M URC® Hot Isostatic Press (HIP). The new HIP was reportedly purchased in order to meet the growing demand for the densification and heat treatment of additively manufactured aerospace parts, amongst others.

“Hot Isostatic Pressing is identified as one of the most promising technologies for the future,” stated Alessandro Zanini, Flame Spray Aerospace Key Account Manager. “Our investment in the Quintus HIP allows us to provide a more complete range of special processes to our customers while satisfying the needs of the aerospace industry for high quality, reliability, and repeatability.”

The QIH 122 M URC is said to streamline the workflow by integrating the ability to stress relieve, HIP, heat treat, and age parts in a single cycle. The combination of High Pressure and Heat Treatment (HPHT) in one system enhances efficiency and reduces per-unit processing costs.

The Uniform Rapid Cooling (URC®) capability, offering a cooling rate of 500K/minute, is said to minimise thermal distortion and nonuniform grain growth, producing finished parts with optimal material properties.

The press features a hot work zone of 660 mm in diameter and 1,750 mm in height. It operates at a maximum pressure of 2,070 bar (30,000 psi) and a maximum temperature of 1,400°C, explains Quintus.

Zanini added, “The press will also be used to fulfil the needs of many other markets in which we operate, for example, energy and turbo gas. Its size permits us to process not only blades, vanes, and small parts, but also medium-sized items.”

Installation of the new press is expected to take place in Flame Spray’s facility in Morra De Sanctis, Italy, in September 2020. The plant, which opened in 2014, specialises in vacuum heat treatment and surface coating of aerospace and IGT (industrial gas turbine) components. It has received Nadcap certification for both the application of coatings on aerospace components and for heat treatment in 2019.



In the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Download PDF

Extensive AM industry news coverage, as well as the following exclusive deep-dive articles:

  • Metal powders in Additive Manufacturing: An exploration of sustainable production, usage and recycling
  • Inside Wayland Additive: How innovation in electron beam PBF is opening new markets for AM
  • An end-to-end production case study: Leveraging data-driven machine learning and autonomous process control in AM
  • Consolidation, competition, and the cost of certification: Insight from New York’s AM Strategies 2024
  • Scandium’s impact on the Additive Manufacturing of aluminium alloys
  • AM for medical implants: An analysis of the impact of powder reuse in Powder Bed Fusion

The world of metal AM to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of Metal AM magazine, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our twice weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Discover our magazine archive…

The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.

Browse the archive

Looking for AM machines, metal powders or part manufacturing services?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our comprehensive advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of Metal AM magazine.

  • AM machines
  • Process monitoring & calibration
  • Heat treatment & sintering
  • HIP systems & services
  • Pre- & post-processing technology
  • Powders, powder production and analysis
  • Part manufacturers
  • Consulting, training & market data
View online
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap