Flexform™ Technology applied to the Aerospace Industry

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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.

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.

An example of turbine blades produced in a Quintus metal forming press

Some of our Aerospace customers:

Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Embraer, Alenia, British Aerospace, Aerospatial, EADS, China Aviation and Mitsubishi

The right press for a sustainable development

An example of a Quintus Metal Forming Rectangular Tray Press

Fluid Cell Presses

Rectangular Trays

Quintus offers a full line of standard models of Flexform™ Presses with rectangular trays dimensions up to 1.8 x 3.6 m (71 x 142 in) and pressures from 800 bar (11,600 psi) to 1,400 bar (20,000 psi). The cycle time is normally one to three minutes, depending on press size, formed parts and selected pressure.

An example of a Quintus Technologies Metal Forming Circular Tray Press

Fluid Cell Presses

Circular Trays

QFL presses are compact units with circular trays, designed for faster forming of smaller parts. Cycles average about one minute, with maximum pressure of 800 bar (11,600 psi). These presses are commonly used for off-loading and back-up for larger rectangular tray presses and for rapid forming of smaller parts.

An example of a Quintus Fluid Cell Deep Draw Press

Fluid Cell Presses

Deep Draw Presses

Quintus offers a line of standard deep-draw press models with forming area/diameter ranging from 560 mm / 22 inch to 1100 mm / 43.3 inch. Pressure ranges from 800 bar / 11,600 psi to 1,200 bar / 17,400 psi. The cycle time is depending on the tool size and the pressure level required, but normally range from some 30 seconds to two minutes.

Quintus Flexcell

Fluid Cell Presses

High Pressure Warm Forming

The Flexform™ High Pressure Warm Forming process is a new technology that can replace or complement existing Titanium forming methods, such as hot-forming, hot stamping, super plastic forming, SPF, and hot gas forming. Benefits: 50% reduction in production costs, five times increased throughput, and forming repeat-ability

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Benefits and Applications for the Aerospace Industry

An Example of aircraft parts produced on Quintus metal forming press

Aircraft Parts

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.

An example of Ti-6Al-4V part produced via Quintus High Pressure Warm Forming

High Pressure Warm Forming

Ti-6Al-4V formed at 1,400 bar (20,000 psi) and at a temperature of 270°C (520°F)

Example of Jet Engine parts produced on Quintus Technologies metal forming press

Jet Engine Torus

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).

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

Flexform™ Results

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

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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