Stack Metallurgical Group to Enter Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) Market
Stack Metallurgical Group (SMG) will be entering the Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) market in 2019 with the addition of a QIH 286 “Mega-HIP” manufactured by Quintus Technologies. Based in Västerås, Sweden, Quintus is widely-regarded as the global leader in high-pressure equipment and solutions. The addition of HIP will further expand the service offerings of SMG to key customers in the aerospace, medical implant, additive manufacturing, and power generation industries.
The equipment being constructed for Stack will offer some of the largest capacity available not only in the Northwest United States, but around the globe. It will be equipped with Quintus’ proprietary uniform rapid cooling and features a large-capacity work zone of 63 inches (1,600 mm) in diameter and 102 inches (2,591 mm) in height, allowing densification of large batches at 29,000 psi (2,000 bar) and a maximum operating temperature of 2280°F (1,250°C).
“We are truly delighted to bring large-scale HIP capacity to the Northwest U.S. market,” according to Doug Puerta, CEO. “HIP is a complimentary service to our existing portfolio of offerings. Stack has always worked closely with its clients to make smart investments in support of their metal processing needs. By expanding into HIP, we’ll be in a position to offer a really outstanding value proposition of capability, capacity, quality, and service.” Dave Ederer, Chairman of SMG adds “This is an important extension of Stack’s business philosophy of providing new technology to its established customer base.”
“Stack HIP” will be based in a brand-new 25,000 sq. ft. facility in Albany, OR. This will be the fourth location for SMG, and will complement existing heat treat and metal processing facilities in Portland, OR, Spokane, WA, and Salt Lake City, UT. Construction of the new HIP facility is underway and will be completed in mid-2019, with equipment installation to immediately follow.