New Quintus Hydroform Press Goes to Piper Aircraft

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Process efficiency and product reliability make the new press a real asset in aircraft manufacturing, create capacity of one million sheet metal parts per year

Piper Aircraft installed a high pressure (11,600 psi) hydroform press, model QFC 1x3-800 from Quintus Technologies. The press features a forming area of 39 x 118 inches, or 1000 x 3000 mm.

Not only does the Quintus fluid cell press offer increased operating efficiency and reliability, the service and support that we receive is exceptional.--Piper COO James Funk

Quintus Technologies has been selected by Piper Aircraft, a global leading aircraft manufacturer, to provide a modern high pressure hydroform fluid cell press. The hydroform press is destined for the Piper facility in Vero Beach, Florida.

“With our current production line of eight different models of aircraft, it is important that we have modern, reliable, and cost-efficient equipment that can meet our rigorous manufacturing demands,” says Piper Chief Operating Officer James Funk. “The new Quintus press offers minimal downtime while enabling us to manage adjustments to our production schedule.”

The new Quintus press type QFC 1x3-800 generates a press force of 35,000 tonnes across the entire forming area of 39 x 118 inches (1000 x 3000 mm), a technical challenge handled by the well-proven Quintus wire-winding pre-stress technology. The new press includes user-friendly features such as equipment serviceability, remote system control, and a high degree of self-diagnostics. The press is also equipped with state-of-the art high pressure hydraulics and a semi-automatic service system for quick and easy service of the unique Quintus flexible rubber diaphragm. Its reliable design, small product footprint, and relatively low equipment weight facilitate quick and easy installation on the factory floor, without the need for a pit and causing minimal disruption to ongoing production.

The installation will allow Piper to redirect component production from a 40-year-old ASEA press (the former Quintus brand name) that is still operational—a testament to the reliability of the unique Quintus high pressure wire-winding press design. The large forming area and advanced controls give the new press the ability to produce up to one million formed sheet metal parts per year.

“We are very pleased that Piper once again turned to us to fulfill its sheet metal forming needs,” comments Ed Williams, General Manager – Americas, Quintus Technologies. “Given the advanced design and productivity of today’s press models, coupled with Quintus’s exceptional application support and forming knowledge, we believe Piper will see a rapid payback on investment, especially compared to the traditional low pressure systems available on the market.”

Flexform™, Quintus’s advanced yet time-tested hydroform technology, has long offered several economic and productivity advantages. The press uses a single rigid tool half to form sheet metal parts with great accuracy and repeatability, significantly reducing tool costs and accelerating tool production, especially for intricately shaped components. The hydroform technology replaces the customary second tool half with a flexible rubber diaphragm, an integral part of the press that fully covers the entire forming area. The high forming pressure—800 bar (11,600 psi)—ensures close-tolerance parts direct from the press, with little or no secondary hand work required.

“We have a long and strong business relationship with Piper Aircraft and are pleased to see it continue with this installation,” adds Jan Söderström, CEO of Quintus Technologies. “Piper’s investment in an additional Quintus press tells us that our products and services are appreciated. We continuously work hard to improve our technology and our performance, in order to maximize value to our customers.”

The new press is supplied with the Quintus® Care Program, a rigorous long-term agreement that ensures flawless production, press operation, and maintenance. The program provides for forming process and tool design support, high availability of spare and wear parts, and guaranteed and prioritized technical support. It also includes annual press inspections, training, and recertification of customer personnel to maintain and elevate their skills.

“Not only does the Quintus fluid cell press offer increased operating efficiency and reliability, the service and support that we receive is exceptional and truly exemplifies Quintus’s commitment to customer satisfaction,” Mr. Funk notes.

About Quintus Technologies
Quintus Technologies is the global leader in high pressure technology. The company designs, manufactures, installs, and supports high pressure systems for sheet metal forming and densification of advanced materials. Quintus has delivered over 1,900 systems to customers within industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy, and medical implants. The company is headquartered in Västerås, Sweden, with a presence in 45 countries worldwide. For more information, visit https://quintustechnologies.com/

About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft and is the first general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world to certify Garmin Autoland in an aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600SLS with HALO system, M500, and M350 – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance, value, and a superior ownership experience. The Personal Class Seneca V, Archer LX, and Archer DLX balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in a piston powered aircraft. The Trainer Class Pilot 100/100i, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole, and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. To find out more, visit http://www.piper.com.

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