JINPAO Precision Industry, a structural sheet metal and machined parts manufacturer headquartered in Samut Prakan, Thailand, has purchased a FlexformTM high-pressure fluid cell press from Quintus Technologies, Västerås, Sweden, in an effort to improve efficiencies and lower production costs when manufacturing aerostructure and interior parts for various types of aircraft.
The Quintus press model QFC 0.7×1.8- 1400 was installed in the company’s fabrication facility near the soon-to-be-expanded airport that serves Bangkok. The Flexform features a sizeable work area of 700 x 1800 mm, which the company noted can accommodate 90% of the forming parts requested by JINPAO customers.
“Thailand’s future in the aerospace sector is clear for all to see,” stated Somsak Norvong, Vice Managing Director at JINPAO. “The market is stabilising after the COVID-19 pandemic. With the airplane purchase orders made by low-cost carriers, as well as the emergence of the MRO sector, it can be expected that the further infrastructure improvements required to accommodate the production of aircraft parts and aircraft-related products will be forthcoming.”
Operating at a high forming pressure of 1,400 bar, the fluid cell press is said to be well suited to parts with close tolerance, with little or no need for secondary work. The advanced hydroform process utilises a combination of a single rigid tool half, operating in conjunction with a flexible rubber diaphragm under uniform high hydrostatic pressure, to form sheet metal parts with great accuracy and repeatability. This technology introduces several production efficiencies by eliminating forming steps, intermediate heat treatments, and manual pre- and post-forming operations. It also generates significant tool cost savings and speeds up tool production, especially for intricately shaped components.
“In comparison with stamping, Flexform is a cost-saving solution,” added Norvong. “We’re very glad that Quintus was able to deliver this high-quality press during this pandemic period.”
Jan Söderström, CEO of Quintus Technologies, concluded, “JINPAO’s research confirmed that our hydroform technology is more flexible and cost-efficient than other sheet metal forming processes. We are pleased to support their dynamic team as the company expands its role as a strategic supplier to international aircraft manufacturers.”