Typically HFQ components, designed optimally for the process, can save 20-50% weight versus alternative aluminium or steel designs.
Our Coventry line can host HFQ part manufacture whilst tiers or OEMs install their own accredited HFQ lines.
Cycle times for the pressings depend on the level of automation and oven throughput, but could be below 10 seconds.
Similar in many ways to the forming of press hardened steel (PHS), there are distinct metallurgical, simulation and process differences covering temperature profiles, lubrication and trim operations. PHS lines can be reconfigured to produce HFQ parts, provided modifications are made to the oven and process controls.
HFQ Technology is an interconnected process and forming simulation solution whereby the process ‘recipe’ for each alloy-part combination in unique to a particular tool design so that mechanical properties, process capability and cycle times are optimised.
HFQ simulation tools (soon to be available to OEM and tier designers) impressive predictability of damage and thinning, allowing for right-first time tools optimisation of material gauge (and therefore weight and cost)
The HFQ Technology is underpinned by 6 patent families covering detailed forming process methods, extensive know-how acquired over 17 years of development and validation of over 25 parts now in serial automotive production.
HFQ® Technology aims to advance global standards of aluminium processing, and, as a common solution for the entire supply ecosystem, facilitate cooperation and best practice sharing amongst OEMs, Tier 1s, aluminium producers and design software and equipment vendors.