Paulo, a North American leader in the heat treating industry, 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’ proprietary uniform rapid cooling (URC), a feature that improves material properties in additive manufacturing and investment casting.
“We see the market for HIP expanding, with a large part attributed to additive manufacturing,” Scott Herzing, Paulo Vice President Engineering, commented. “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, in Willoughby, OH, which 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.
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 of 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 a maximum pressure of 30,000 psi (2,070 bar).
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.
The press’s unique URC feature streamlines 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, improving their performance. Heating and cooling the workload only once, in a single cycle, enhance 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 also provides 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,” says 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,” says Herzing. “This partnership will allow us to continue to do what we have always done, help our customers succeed.”