Avure Technologies Turns Cold Isostatic Press Business on its Side

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Design and Commissioning of Super-Long Horizontal CIP Accomplished in Record Time

Avure’s new horizontal press can process parts 7000mm long with easy loading and fast processing.

A globally operating isostatic processing company faced a colossal challenge. It needed a cold isostatic press (CIP) to increase the density of a 7000mm-long part made from advanced materials. The CIP had to fit into an existing manufacturing space, use already installed overhead crane equipment, and have minimal impact on the building structure.

It was not easy to meet these requirements. A typical top-loading CIP needs several meters of vertical clearance, which, in the existing facility, would entail going either up or down. Digging through and beneath the foundation was not an option for the manufacturer. The other choice was to go up, which would mean building a new roof and buying a new overhead crane for loading a vertically oriented basket. In addition to construction obstacles, the vertical orientation would slow down an otherwise horizontal manufacturing process. None of these alternatives were viable.

Stymied, the processing company presented the challenge to Avure Technologies, not only because of Avure’s proven experience with large systems, but also because they know its track record of getting things done. Avure engineers quickly took the customer’s specifications to the drawing board and devised a method for implementing a horizontal solution.

“We’ve used our in-house experience from decades of involvement in the food processing market, where we make both horizontal and vertical presses for our customers,” says Roger Thunholm, Technical Project Leader for development at Avure. He continues: “We have reduced the typical time for development by 50 percent, allowing us to meet the rigorous demands of companies in the isostatic market segment.”

A PLC-driven conveyor loading system was also designed, complete with a pre- and post- CIP pass-through wash system. This time-saving approach would not have been possible in a single step while loading a vertical CIP.

To meet the processing company’s tight delivery deadline, the new horizontal system was designed, built, shipped, installed and commissioned in half the typical time for a CIP this size.

With an internal usable diameter of 945mm, the new CIP has been operating for more than a year now, consistently processing loads up to 9072kg (20,000 pounds) in 32-minute cycles at 207Mpa (30,023 psi).

“We’re very pleased to be chosen to take on this monumental task, and we value the excellent co-operation that led to the new press being built and installed on a very tight schedule,” remarks Anders Eklund, Business Unit Director of Advanced Material Densification Systems at Avure. “As a result of this project we can now offer a family of both vertical and horizontal CIP solutions.

“This experience underscores our long history as a leading supplier of isostatic presses and our drive to always provide our customers with the foremost techniques,” Eklund adds. “It also helps us remain a leader and confirms the capabilities of our operations in Västerås to handle challenging projects in the future.”

To see a video demonstration of the press operating at the Västerås workshop, go to:

An innovator with a strong record of accomplishment, Avure Technologies demonstrates its expertise in high pressure by occupying leadership positions in industrial and food applications. The company is the largest provider of ultra high pressure systems utilized to process advanced materials, form sheet metal, and pasteurize foods without heat or chemicals. It offers total solutions to keep food pathogen-free and fresh longer–from recipe development to installation of the fastest, most reliable high pressure presses in the world.

The Food Division located in Franklin, Tennessee, includes engineering, supply chain, parts, service, and, soon, manufacturing, in addition to the company’s world renowned food lab.

Avure’s world-class Industrial Division houses engineering, services, and manufacturing in Västerås, Sweden, with additional facilities in Columbus, Ohio, USA. For more information, visit http://www.avure.com.

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