2 June, 2014

Aerospace Automotive Hydroforming Low-Volume Manufacturing Sheet metal forming

The installation of a new high-pressure fluid cell metal forming press from Avure Technologies expands opportunities for USA-based Jones Metal Products Company (JMP) to provide economical parts-forming solutions to customers in demanding industries--aerospace, defense, medical, rail, lighting, power generation, for example--where there is zero margin for error.

The Avure model QFC 0.7x1.8-800 fluid cell press features dual rectangular trays measuring 27.5” x 72” (700 x1850 mm), a size that will enable Jones to expand applications in existing and new markets. The press operates at a highly cost-effective 11,600 psi (800 bar).

According to Dan Erb, President and CEO of Jones Metal Products, in West Lafayette, Ohio, the Avure press results in better parts tolerances and lower per-part production costs.“We are buying the Avure press to expand our maximum forming area up to 27.5 inches by 72 inches,” Mr. Erb comments. “This will allow us to better serve our current markets and expand into new ones. The Flexform process from Avure fits our company very well, and we look forward to the partnership with Avure.”