Infra-red speeds up process

Published:  24 February, 2014

Short wave infra-red emitters from HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT have allowed Mettis Aerospace to reduce the time required for the heating of tools and dies used in the manufacture of high specification titanium aircraft components to one seventh of the heating times required by a previous gas system. This has provided significant energy savings and improved controllability, as well as improved forging practices at the company’s Redditch site.

The manufacture of titanium components at the factory involves heating titanium preforms to above 900°C and then transferring the heated material into moulding tools.

When modernisation work was carried out in the Redditch facility, particular attention was paid to the tool-heating system and Heraeus was asked to provide an alternative infra-red solution.

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