Accurate Brazing, Greenville, SC, USA-“HIP” Installation
In early 2019 Accurate Brazing announced that they were joining a growing trend around the world by investing in a Hot Isostatic Press. The decision proved to be such a success that in November of 2019 the company announced they would be adding a second system (the November 2019 press release is below). Things are proceeding as they should and these two photos show the installation as of just a few days ago. The third picture shows part of the vacuum department.
“Västerås, Sweden, November 19, 2019 – Accurate Brazing, a full-service provider of specialized heat treating solutions, added Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) to its thermal processing capabilities earlier this year. “Based on overwhelming feedback from the marketplace, we are pleased to be moving forward with our second Hot Isostatic Press from Quintus Technologies,” says Steven Francis, president of Accurate Brazing. Both presses are of the model QIH 122 M URC®. They are equipped with the Quintus proprietary uniform rapid cooling (URC) feature, which combines HIP and heat treatment in a single process. This process is called High Pressure Heat Treatment (HPHT), and it streamlines the steps involved in material densification and heat treatment. This innovative approach also enables all processed components to cool uniformly, resulting in minimal thermal distortion and non-uniform grain growth. “The Quintus technology allows us to shorten lead times, improve product metallurgy, and eliminate some additional outside operations, which is very attractive to our customers,” says Mr. Francis. Accurate Brazing serves the aerospace and power generation industries, as well as other sectors that demand high quality and short lead times. Many of Accurate Brazing’s customers utilize additive manufacturing (AM). “The versatility of the Quintus units makes them well suited for our service business model,” says Mr. Francis.
The new QIH 122 M URC® will join the first Quintus press and the rest of the state-of-the-art equipment operating in Accurate Brazing’s newest facility in Greenville, S.C., USA. The company’s AS9100 quality management system and Nadcap accreditation attest to its ability to meet the stringent needs of its customers. Quintus will install and commission the new press. Accurate Brazing has also joined the Quintus® Care program, which ensures flawless press operation and optimized functionality at a fixed annual cost. Quintus Care also provides access to in-depth technical expertise to support successful customer applications. Both Quintus presses are configured as Quintus Modularized Solutions, which reduces infrastructure investment and saves space and energy. Both presses offer a work zone of 26.0 inches (660 mm) in diameter and 68.9 inches (1,750 mm) in height. They operate at a maximum temperature of 2,552°F (1,400°C) and a maximum pressure of 30,000 psi (2,070 bar). “The need for Hot Isostatic Pressing is steadily increasing, and we’re pleased to help Accurate Brazing meet this demand,” says Jan Söderström, CEO of Quintus Technologies. “Quintus Technologies has led the industry in advanced Hot Isostatic Pressing technology for over 60 years, so Accurate Brazing and its customers can rest assured that they are using the best equipment available.”
About Accurate Brazing; Headquartered in Goffstown, N.H, Accurate Brazing and Vacuum Heat Treatment has been creatively solving challenges in complex and detailed heat treating and brazing applications since 1989. It has a long history of serving the needs of aircraft, ground turbine and power generation markets, along with other industries that demand high quality and often operate with aggressive lead times. The company’s original New Hampshire operations have grown to include three additional East Coast locations: two facilities in South Carolina and one in Connecticut. Accurate Brazing is a subsidiary of Aalberts N.V., one of the largest thermal processing companies in the world. Committed to adaptation and innovation with a clear focus on customers, Aalberts employs approximately 16,500 people at more than 150 locations in 50 countries across the globe. Read more about Accurate Brazing: www.accuratebrazing.com”