What is Hydroforming?

Hydroforming is a way of shaping metals such as aluminium, low alloy steel, brass, and stainless steel into structurally solid and strong light weighted pieces. Hydroforming is commonly used within the automotive and aerospace industry where complex shapes, by Hydroforming, can be produced stronger, lighter, and more solid.

Double production capacities

The key to high quality low volume production is all about using the right technology to streamline the manufacturing process, eliminate manual labor and to minimize tool costs. Flexform is a well established sheet metal processing technology for industries where small volumes of high-quality parts are required.

The Flexform technology can double production capacities and at the same time reduce the need for manual labor by up to 80 %. The Flexform technology can also reduce tool costs by up to 90% thanks to usage of only one tool half.

The Quintus process uses a flexible rubber diaphragm to form the sheet metal blank towards a single rigid tool half, backed up by an extremely high hydraulic oil pressure. The unique Quintus press design allows high pressure forming of hight sizes of up to nearly two by four meters. The technology behind the extreme high pressure forming is the Quintus wire winding design which secures unmatched equipment life and reliability in addition to excellent surface quality closed forming tolerances intricate shapes and undercuts may be formed in material thicknesses from thin foil up to 15 millimeters.

The flexible rubber diaphragm also allows production of several different parts in one in the same forming operation. The flex form technology is typically used for production of low volume series but with hundreds or even thousands of different part types. The Quintus High pressure presses are designed and built with unique technology for a long and efficient service life.

With 50 years in the field and 1800 presses installed worldwide, Quintus has the experience and technology to provide the best possible solution to save production time and cutting costs when forming sheet metal in low volumes.

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