CIP Supporting the Ceramics Industry

For decades, Cold Isostatic Pressing (CIP) has been used successfully by manufacturers around the world. CIP is used to consolidate metal- and ceramic powders to make a “green” part that can be further treated, i.e. rolling, machining or sintering.

With typical pressure from 1,035 to 4,138 bar (15,000 to 60,000 psi) and ambient temperature up to 93°C (200°F), CIP can achieve 95% of theoretical density for ceramics. For metals ~100% theoretical density is possible and also improve the ductility and fatigue resistance of critical, high-performance metallic materials. The components are often of net shape or near net shape configuration.

A proven process for high performance ceramic parts

Common applications for Cold Isostatic Pressing include consolidation of ceramic powders, compressing of graphite, refractories and electrical insulators, and other fine ceramics for dental and medical applications.

The technology is expanding into new applications such as pressing of sputtering targets, coatings of valve parts in an engine to minimize wear of the cylinder heads, telecommunications, electronics, aerospace and automotive.

Why you should CIP
60-95% of theoretical density
  • Consolidation of ceramicpowders

  • “Green parts” for ceramics are ready for next process steps

  • Elaborate designs of ceramics by CIM (Ceramic Injection Molding)

Improved material properties
  • Increased mechanical properties e.g. powder compacts of alumina and electrical insulators
  • Reduced scatter of data for safest control of production

  • Highest properties for minimal corrosion deterioration

New and unique materials can be processed
  • Process optimization

  • Improved functionality

Common applications include

  • Compressing ceramics for dental and medical applications
  • Consolidation of powder metal and ceramic parts
  • Isostatic graphite for sputtering targets

CIP is expanding into new applications such as:

  • CIPing of electrical insulators
  • Electronics for the energy sector
  • Fuel cells and piezo electronics
  • Consumer goods for high wear applications
  • Semi-conductors
Isolators
Isolators
Hard metal tools
Hard metal tools
Powder Metal
Powder metal
Nozzles for continuous casting and stopper rods
Nozzles for continuous casting and stopper rods
Metal filters
Metal filters
Graphite details
Graphite details
Compressibility of various powders

Compressibility of various powders

CIP of Advanced Ceramics for Highest Performance

Quintus Technologies' patented fine decompression system to accurately and controllably lower the pressure and the cycle time, and to give the highest productivity. Benefits are reduced mechanical wear of valves, safe production due to the most accurate pressure control and minimized material losses due to entrapped air that will cause cracking and spalling of the “green” ceramic parts.

Quintus has the safest and lightest design on the market in accordance with ASME Section VIII, Division 3, “leak-before-burst”. The life time of our pressure vessels are the longest that are produced today. Most of our CIP-units are still in operation due to the unique wire-wound pre-stressed technology, that ensures easy inspection and longest maintenance intervals.

Improving life for the ceramic industry with our CIPs

Our CIPs are designed for unmatched performance and can handle the highest pressure and weight loads as well as the fastest cycle times. Extremely long life of the pressure vessel components. Advanced and intelligent pressure control with operator friendly HMI. Fine decompression system for accurate pressure control and possibility to continue the cycle in case of earth fault. The safest and redundant cooling and filter system to handle powder failures. It is THE system for safe operation.

Powder compaction ratio
CIP Values
“State of the art” technology for medium and large size CIP pressess
  • Highest safety, i.e., ”Leak-before-burst”

  • Outstanding cyclic life (> 200,000 cycles)

  • Superior process control at all pressure levels

Benefits compared to conventional consolidation methods:
  • Programmable pressure distribution with good accuracy
  • Reduced mechanical stresses of processed materials
  • Lowest weight of the machine
New and unique materials can be processed
  • Process optimization
  • Improved functionality
Decompression Cycle

Decompression cycle

Learn how we can help you increase productivity and lower production costs

Quintus listened carefully to our requirements and helped us to refine them into a solution that will serve our manufacturing process now and well into the future. Most importantly it was delivered and installed on time and without issues, allowing us to begin production on schedule.
Reference | Plansee Metall GmbH Quintus Technologies Takes an Idea from Concept to Reality
We faced a colossal challenge! A cold isostatic press was needed to increase density of a 7,000 mm long part made from advanced materials. The CIP would need to fit into an existing manufacturing space, use existing overhead crane equipment, and have minimal impact on the existing structure.
Reference | A Global Isostatic Processing Company Quintus Technologies Turns the CIP Business on its Side