Cold Isostatic Pressing 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.

Examples of Cold Isostatic Parts created on Quintus CIP
Isolators created in Quintus Technologies Cold Isostatic Pressing
hard metal tools perfected in Quintus cold isostatic press
Hard metal tools
Powder metal used in Quintus cold isostatic press
Powder metal
Nozzles for casting and stopper rods Quintus cold isostatic press
Nozzles for continuous casting and stopper rods
Metal filters parts perfected in Quintus Cold isostatic press
Metal filters
Graphite parts created in Quintus Technologies cold isostatic press
Graphite details

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.

Chart showcasing example of powder compaction with Quintus cold isostatic press technology

Powder compaction ratio

% of original capsule volume

Compression of powders showcasing Quintus cold isostatic pressing technology

Compressibility of various powders

Relative density, % of full density

Why you should CIP

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

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

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

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