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Quintus deep draw press to support production growth at the Whitcraft Group

Facing robust demand from the aerospace industry, the Whitcraft Group has ordered a hydroform deep draw press from Quintus Technologies. The new 11,600-psi high-pressure press will advance the production of jet engine sheet metal parts and assemblies at Whitcraft's facility in Eastford, Conn., USA.

“We make hard-to-manufacture sheet metal aerospace components and assemblies from a broad variety of materials,” says Whitcraft Engineering Manager Allen Roy. “The Quintus press will enable us to produce very complex, high profile parts that require a deep draw function. A reflection of our commitment to relentless, continuous operational improvement, it is expected to help achieve our ambitious production goals spurred by the current growth in the jet engine arena.”

According to Sture Olsson, Global Business Development Manager at Quintus Technologies, sheet metal fabrication versatility is a must in today's jet engine manufacturing.

“The push for fuel-efficient aircraft puts new demands on jet engine designers as well as on parts fabrication capabilities, due to the formability requirements of low weight and very tough metal alloys,” Olsson explains. “We have broadened our high-pressure hydroform press line to meet these challenges.”

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.

Along with expanded capabilities, the Quintus press will introduce a number of production efficiencies. The hydroform process requires only one rigid tool half, generating significant tool cost savings. Material draw ratios of up to 3:1 eliminate several forming operations, intermediate heat treatments, and operator dependencies.

”This will allow Whitcraft to manufacture high quality aircraft engine components with great accuracy, repeatability, and lower costs,” Olsson states.

The new press, which will become operational in the spring of 2016, will replace a “very, very old Cincinnati Hydroform press,” notes Whitcraft's Roy. “As we gear up our sheet metal fabrication capacity, the Quintus press will bring not only a modern replacement for old equipment, but also allow us to meet market demand for larger and larger part production capability.”

The two companies have also entered into a cooperation agreement to promote market awareness of Hydroform/Flexform technology and Whitcraft's new production capabilities. The Eastford facility will serve as a demonstration site for the Quintus press.

“We chose Quintus not only for their vast experience in providing state-of-the-art high pressure presses, but also for the global footprint of the Quintus organization, aiming at assisting us in attracting additional business to our company,” Roy concludes.

Press release issued by Quintus Technologies on November 10, 2015

 

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Whitcraft LLC Precision Machined Parts, Metal & Alloy Fabrications, Engine Parts

 

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