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RECARO buys high-pressure fluid cell press

RECARO Aircraft Seating, one of the world’s leading aircraft seating manufacturers, has invested in a Flexform™ fluid cell press from Quintus Technologies to support its growth in the aerospace market. Replacing an ageing rubber pad press, the Quintus® high-pressure press will occupy a central position at the RECARO Aircraft Seating headquarters in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany.

“This facility is the only one with in-house sheet metal parts fabrication within our global supply chain network,” stated Joachim Ley, RECARO Executive Vice President Supply Chain. “We are facing a positive, but challenging, growth in production, and are hence in need of a modern, reliable and cost-efficient production method.”

The new 800-bar (11,600-psi) Quintus fluid cell press, with a forming area of 700 x 1800mm (27.6 x 73 inches), introduces several production efficiencies. The Flexform process utilises a combination of a single rigid tool half, operating in conjunction with a flexible rubber diaphragm under uniform hydrostatic pressure, for parts forming. This design approach generates significant tool cost savings and shortens the time needed for tool production. It also eliminates several forming operations, intermediate heat treatments and operator dependencies.

The advanced forming technology aligns with RECARO’s aim to combine comfort and intelligent design with light weight to reduce aircraft fuel consumption across its entire seating portfolio, from economy to business class.

“Our press investment is the result of a careful technical and commercial evaluation of the best-in-class sheet metal production method,” said Mr. Ley. “At the end of the project, our choice of the Quintus press was actually quite straightforward. In addition to the equipment, the chosen supplier is also providing process expertise and training to our team, which was another important factor in our final decision.”

The press order is supplemented by a five-year Quintus® Care agreement, which will offer even more support in reducing RECARO’s operational risk. A rigorous preventative maintenance program that optimises press functionality at a fixed annual cost, Quintus Care allows the aircraft seat manufacturer to concentrate on its core business.

“For RECARO, the added value of the high-pressure fluid cell process is its capability for high-volume sheet metal part fabrication, where the variety of parts is high but the volume of each is relatively low, and part quality is of the essence. We see this growth trend in the aerospace industry all over the globe and are very pleased to be chosen as a partner to our customers in this very competitive arena,” observed Jan Söderström, CEO of Quintus Technologies.

For further details, see www.quintustechnologies.com and www.recaro-as.com

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