Reference Case - Airbus Defence and SpaceCustomer reference sheet-metal-forming
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.
✓ 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.
To secure high equipment availability and improve productivity, Airbus Defence and Space decided to upgrade a Flexform Fluid Cell Press in one of its production plants. The press was originally designed and commissioned by Quintus in 2002. The upgrade was performed during a planned maintenance stop, and the press was back in operation after a record-short time thanks to great teamwork and meticulous planning
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.
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.
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.
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
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