Hot Form Quench (HFQ®) is the lightweighting technology standard for cost- effective, complex geometries for high-strength aluminium pressings by reducing weight for simpler, stronger structures. The HFQ technology is a hot forming production method for stamping complex-shaped aluminium components from high and ultra-high strength alloys.
The HFQ process press forms hot aluminium blanks at high speed, which are quenched in the press tool, followed by artificial ageing to achieve full strength. The technology enables extremely complex aluminium parts to be formed in a single press operation, whilst achieving high levels of strength in the finished part using standard grade aluminium.
The multiple benefits enabled by the HFQ® Technology means that the process is being adopted across a vast range of applications and markets, from automotive to architectural pressings. These benefits include reduced piece and investment cost, zero springback and increased design freedom
Impression Technologies has been instrumental in developing HFQ Technology, which is revolutionising the exploitation of aluminium. Impression Technologies provide the knowledge and expertise to support HFQ Technology, offering a fully tailored service to your engineering needs from concept to production.
Novelis is the leading producer of flat-rolled aluminium products and the world’s largest recycler of aluminium. We work alongside our customers to provide innovative solutions to the beverage can, automotive and high-end specialty markets.
Operating an integrated network of technically advanced rolling and recycling facilities across North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Novelis leverages its global manufacturing and recycling footprint to deliver consistent, high-quality products around the world.
A commitment to sustainability is core to our business operations and extends to how we partner with stakeholders across the aluminium value chain. We see tremendous opportunities in continuing to expand the use of lightweight, infinitely recyclable aluminium to help our customers achieve their sustainability goals and provide consumers the environmentally friendly products they enjoy.
Our customers include some of the largest and best-known automotive, beverage can, architecture and consumer electronics brands in the world such as Coca-Cola, AB Inbev, Ford, Jaguar LandRover and Samsung. From development to production, our world-class scientists, engineers and metallurgists partner with our customers to reimagine aluminum’s role in their products and provide rapid, adaptive solutions for any manufacturing challenge that may arise.
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