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Shaping the Aerospace Airframe Industry with Flexform

Today, Quintus Technologies is the leading fluid cell press supplier to the aerospace airframe industry with more than 150 Flexform systems in operation at major aircraft and airframe metal fabrication manufacturers worldwide, including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Embraer, Alenia, British Aerospace, Aerospatial, EADS, China Aviation, and Mitsubishi.

Aerospace
Flexform is ideal for:
  • Structural items and skin panels, from small shallow parts to large deep parts, in aluminum alloys, stainless steel and titanium.
  • Engine components, including deep drawn parts, in high-strength, heat-resistant materials.

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Innovations in fluid cell tooling and process efficiency dramatically lower the costs of aerospace sheet metal parts

by Graham Beaumont, Agon Consultancy

Today, strategic shifts among the major airframe OEMs mean that forming of a growing number of parts are being out sourced to tier 2 and 3 suppliers. These subcontractors are beginning to invest in fluid cell technology to cut production costs and improve their competitive position. Read the white paper to learn how!

Shaping the Aerospace Airframe Industry with Flexform™ Presses

Quintus Technologies have supplied high-pressure rubber diaphragm presses to the world’s major aircraft manufactures for decades. The introduction of trustworthy forming simulation software has taken the technology to a new level.

Leveling the Playing Field for Sheet Metal Parts

by Sture Olsson, Business Development Sheet Metal Forming 

Read the white paper to find out more on how Quintus has helped several Tier 2 and 3 suppliers with super efficient fluid cell presses and advanced tooling designs. The cost savings are real, they are immediate, and should be carefully evaluated by parts fabricators who need to ensure that none of their business is lost to the de-automation zone.

Forming and Process Experience from the Operation of a 3,000 ton Flexform Deep Draw Press 

by Sture Olsson and Ingemar Nygren

Read the white paper to find out how Quintus Technologies’ unparalleled quality, and press life-length gives you a reliable partner for decades. Some of the main advantages of Flexform Deep Drawing, which include  – no scratches on the blanks, suitable for tougher materials, good tolerances, and suitable for complex shapes, and undercuts.

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“For many parts, hand correction of incompletely-formed shapes has been completely eliminated. The occurrence of wrinkles and excessive springback is far less than before. Even very large parts can now be formed to tolerance in a single pressing. We have documented cost savings of 25% to 42% on sampled parts due to fewer required cycles and reduced manual rework.”

Mr. J.J. Rousse, Daher-Socata, France

Benefits and Applications for the Aerospace Industry

User benefits

Structural items and skin panels:
High forming pressure results in high quality, low-cost parts.

  • higher accuracy with little to no re-work after pressing
  • possibility to form both heat treated and heavy gauge materials
  • fewer forming and heat treatment operations

Engine components, including deep drawn parts:
Flexform results in high quality, low-cost parts.

  • higher accuracy with little to no re-work after pressing
  • fewer forming and heat treatment operations
  • accurate control of blank holding versus punch movement during deep-drawing

Flexform examples

Aerospace, airframes

Typical aircraft parts of high strength aluminum alloys formed over a punch (block) or a punch with a fixed blank holder. The parts include stretch and shrink flanges, undercuts, joggles, beads, etc., formed at high-pressure for superior quality and minimum manual re-work.

Aerospace, airframes

Airbus hood component in 0.8 mm (0.03 in) stainless steel formed in a hardwood cavity die in one operation to 1,400 bar (20,000 psi). The part was previously made in three operations in a rubber pad press, with high reject rate.

Deep Draw example

Aerospace, airframes

Jet engine torus ring in 0.5 mm (0.02 in) titanium deep drawn in two steps with a steel movable punch and blank holder:
preforming, intermediate heat treatment and final forming to 1,000 bar (14,500 psi).

Watch video: Flexform Fluid Cell Press type QFC 0.7×1.8-800

Watch video: Flexform Press type QFC 1.2×3-1000

Watch video: Deep Draw Hydroforming Press QFM 0.8-800

Watch video: Flexform Fluid Cell Press type QFL 1.1-800

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

Some of our Aerospace customers:
Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Embraer, Alenia, British Aerospace, Aerospatial, EADS, China Aviation and Mitsubishi

We can control the pressure more accurately on small parts in this press and eliminate even more touch labor. The press is easy to operate, user friendly, requires short time to train operators, and needs little maintenance.
Reference | Cessna Aircraft Company Four decades of high-pressure parts forming
For many parts, hand correction of incompletely-formed shapes has been completely eliminated. We have documented cost savings of 25 to 42 percent on sampled parts due to fewer required cycles and reduced manual rework.
Reference | Daher Daher cuts costs with high-pressure parts forming
The quality of the parts meets the same standards set by the original press, but setup time has been reduced remarkably: 2.5 minutes less per part. Overall labor time has been cut by 60 percent, from 9 minutes to 3.6 minutes.
Reference | Tusas Aerospace Industries High-pressure parts forming at TAI