Quintus Technologies AB

8270 Green Meadows Drive North
Lewis Center,  OH  43225

United States
614-891-2732
http://quintustechnologies.com
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 Press Releases

  • New forming method lowers cost, streamlines fabrication of Ti-6Al-4V parts

    Västerås, Sweden, 28 June 2018 – High pressure expert Quintus Technologies has developed a new process, High Pressure Warm Forming (HPWF), that combines high pressure with a moderately elevated temperature for more rapid, cost-effective, and precise forming of titanium parts.

    The new process paves the way for more widespread adoption of Ti-6Al-4V, the grade of titanium prized in many manufacturing sectors for its high strength, light weight, formability, and high corrosion resistance.

    “In the aviation industry alone, market projections call for close to 35,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft to be built over the next two decades,” says Sture Olsson, Global Business Development Manager, Sheet Metal Forming, at Quintus Technologies, a member of Kobe Steel Group. “These new models will consume less fuel and have a lighter environmental footprint. The lightweight properties of Ti-6Al-4V are integral to a fuel-efficient design strategy.”

    HPWF removes barriers to fabrication that previously limited the use of Ti-6Al- 4V to specialty applications due to the high cost of current forming methods.

    Conventional milling has a scrap rate that can approach 70 percent. Hot forming processes, which take place at temperatures of above 1300°F (700°C), require an oxygen-free process atmosphere and entail several lengthy steps.

    HPWF significantly improves on these methods by introducing an induction heating system to warm the blank-and-tool package to approximately 520°F (270°C)—well below the temperatures where a protective gas is required—just before entering the Quintus Flexform™ press. The press applies uniform high pressure (20,000 psi/140 MPa) to a flexible rubber diaphragm in conjunction with just a single rigid tool half to form complex sheet metal parts to final shape.

    A complete HPWF cycle, from heating and loading to forming and unloading, takes less than five minutes. Forming at relatively low temperatures enables quick cooling. Overall, the efficiencies generated by the new Quintus process dramatically boost the production capacity for Ti-6Al-4V parts, increasing throughput by a factor of five over traditional hot forming processes.

    “We are very excited to offer this new, highly efficient technology to industries seeking to expand their Ti-6Al-4V applications, particularly in the aerospace, medical, and marine sectors,” says Jan Söderström, CEO of Quintus Technologies. “We look forward to demonstrating the benefits HPWF can bring to their forming operations.”

    About Quintus Technologies

    Quintus Technologies 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 is the world leader in high pressure technology and has delivered more than 1,800 systems to customers across the globe within industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy, and medical implants. Read more about Quintus Technologies: www.quintustechnologies.com

    For further information, please contact:

    Sture Olsson

    Global Business Development Manager, Sheet Metal Forming Quintus Technologies AB

    +46 (0)70 532 7241

    sture.olsson@quintusteam.com

  • Complex shapes, short lead times, and reduced costs spur investment in high-pressure forming system

    Västerås, Sweden, 10 April 2018 – The Swedish firm Trestad Laser AB, a subcontractor supplying sheet metal components to GKN Aerospace and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, among others, will expand capacity with the acquisition of a state-of-the-art High-Pressure Fluid Cell Press from Quintus Technologies in Västerås, Sweden.

    The investment in the Quintus Fluid Cell Press is driven by Trestad Laser’s growth strategy, a high priority for the second generation of the Andersson family, which owns and manages the company. Along with offering advanced laser cutting, welding, machining, and milling, by adding the new press Trestad Laser takes its metal forming capabilities to the next level, enabling the production of sheet metal components with complex geometries in materials that are challenging to form. The Quintus technology is particularly suitable for small series production.

    “The decision to invest in a Quintus press really takes us back to our roots,” says Trestad Laser founder Jan Andersson, who, while retired, remains active on the board. “Several years ago, I took over the Quintus press operations from Volvo Flygmotor, which now is GKN Aerospace, and continued the business within Trestad Svets, today Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery.”

    Notes Per Andersson, who, together with brothers Patrick, Peter, and Magnus, oversees the company today, “We started out with welding and shaping, and the business has been focused on laser for years, but our assessment is that demand for shaped details will increase. That is why we have chosen to invest

    in modern high-pressure equipment from Quintus. Our customers often demand complex and unique components made of materials that are hard to form, in relatively short series, and with high demand for short delivery times. The Quintus technology is well suited to meet those requirements.

    “The investment also allows us to certify the company according to AS9100, the international standard which the aviation industry requires from its

    subcontractors,” he continues. “Our assessment is that the certification will have several positive side effects in other areas of our business.”

    The QFM 1.1-800 Quintus fluid cell press applies a forming pressure of 800 bar, corresponding to 8,000 tons, distributed over a forming area of 1100 mm (43 inches). The press will be put into operation at Trestad’s plant in Trollhättan, Sweden, during early summer 2018. The unique Quintus process requires only one rigid tool half, while the other tool half is replaced by a flexible rubber diaphragm under uniform hydrostatic pressure. This design approach generates significant tool cost savings and shortens the time needed for tool production.

    “The order from Trestad Laser is important to us in several respects,” says Jan Söderström”, CEO of Quintus Technologies. “Trestad's strong connection to turbine production for stationary gas turbines, as well as for jet engines, gives us an influential technology reference at home. In addition to the equipment, the delivery also includes a long-term cooperation agreement, where both parties can benefit from each other. Quintus contributes with its many years of experience in formation and tooling, as well as a robust global network within the aviation industry. Trestad Laser is recognized as an effective and results- oriented company that knows how to proceed from an idea into a production solution that fits the market. For us Trestad Laser is an ideal reference,” Söderström concludes.

    About Quintus Technologies

    Quintus Technologies 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 is the world leader in high pressure technology and has delivered more than 1,800 systems to customers across the globe within industries such as aerospace,

    automotive, energy, and medical implants. Read more about Quintus Technologies: www.quintustechnologies.com

    About Trestad Laser

    Based in Trollhättan, Sweden, Trestad Laser AB works with products that have exacting demands for precision, shape stability, and resistance to high temperatures, pressure, and chemical and mechanical wear. Since its start in 1972, the company has been guided by the conviction that continuous improvements of both systems and processes are essential to secure high quality and good relationships with customers and suppliers over time.

    Trestad’s goal is to be its customers’ number-one partner, exceeding expectations and consistently maintaining high quality throughout the entire business process. Read more about Trestad Laser at www.trestadlaser.se.

    For further information, please contact:

    Sture Olsson

    Global Business Development Manager, Sheet Metal Forming Quintus Technologies AB

    +46 (0)70 532 7241

    sture.olsson@quintusteam.com

  • Västerås, SWEDEN (April 13, 2017) — Kobe Steel, Ltd. acquired Swedish company Quintus Technologies AB, the world leader in isostatic presses, from U.S. private equity firm Milestone Partners on April 5. The purchase price was US115 million. Quintus is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Kobe Steel.

    Isostatic presses (IP) apply high pressure from all directions at high temperature or room temperature to press-sinter and form metal, ceramic and carbon materials. The presses are widely applicable in the manufacture of high-performance products, such as aircraft parts, power generation turbine blades and semiconductor materials.

    Quintus Technologies 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 is the world leader in high pressure technology and has delivered more than 1,800 systems to customers across the globe within industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy, and medical implants.

    Quintus Technologies has achieved a strong presence in Europe, the United States and China, primarily in the aerospace sector, which is anticipated to grow.

    By acquiring Quintus, Kobe Steel will be able to broaden its lineup of IP products and enter new growth markets. Furthermore, Kobe Steel expects to benefit from the interchange of product menus and from the synergy of manufacturing efficiency and cost reductions through the joint procurement of parts. Targeting the world market, Kobe Steel plans to significantly expand its IP business.

    Outline of Quintus Technologies AB

    Headquarters:

    Västerås, Sweden

    Plants:

    Västerås, Sweden and Columbus, Ohio, USA

    Employees:

    188

    CEO:

    Jan Söderström

    Established:

    1940 (formerly the IP business unit of ABB)

    Business:

    Manufacture, sales and service of isostatic presses and sheet metal forming equipment

    About isostatic presses

    An isostatic press is a type of press that applies equal pressure from all directions (isostatic pressure) to compress material. The process makes it possible to manufacture products of outstanding quality in terms of uniformity, strength and durability. A hot isostatic press (HIP) applies high pressure, with a gas as the pressure medium, and high temperature. A cold isostatic press (CIP) uses liquid pressure to apply isostatic pressure to the material.

    About Kobe Steel

    Kobe Steel, Ltd. is a diversified corporation with businesses in the three core areas of materials, machinery and electric power. The materials businesses include steel, welding, aluminum and copper. The machinery businesses consist of industrial machinery, construction machinery and engineering. Electric power supply is the third core business. Kobe Steel has head offices in Kobe and Tokyo, Japan. The Kobe Steel Group, consisting of Kobe Steel and its numerous subsidiaries and affiliates, has over 36,000 employees. More information is available at: www.kobelco.com

    For more information, please contact:

    Erik Rosén

    Director HR & Communications

    Quintus Technologies AB

    Quintusvägen 2

    SE-721 66 Västerås

    Phone: +46 (0)21 327 000

    Direct: +46 (0)21 32 70 16

    Mobile: +46 (0)705 62 02 82

    Mail: erik.rosen@quintusteam.com


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  • High Pressure Warm Forming
    Quintus Technologies has developed a new process, High Pressure Warm Forming (HPWF), that combines high pressure with a moderately elevated temperature for more rapid, cost-effective, and precise forming of titanium parts....
     

  • High pressure expert Quintus Technologies has developed a new process, High Pressure Warm Forming (HPWF), that combines high pressure with a moderately elevated temperature for more rapid, cost-effective, and precise forming of titanium parts. 


    The new process paves the way for more widespread adoption of Ti-6Al-4V, the grade of titanium prized in many manufacturing sectors for its high strength, light weight, formability, and high corrosion resistance. 

    High Pressure Warm Forming  removes barriers to fabrication that previously limited the use of Ti-6Al-4V to specialty applications due to the high cost of current forming methods. Conventional milling has a scrap rate that can approach 70 percent. Hot forming processes, which takes place at temperatures of above 1300°F (700°C), require an oxygen-free process atmosphere and entail several lengthy steps.

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