Paulo, a North American leader in the heat treating industry, will add hot isostatic pressing to its thermal processing services with the acquisition of a Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies. The press, model QIH 122 M URC®, is equipped with Quintus’ proprietary uniform rapid cooling (URC), a feature that improves material properties in additive manufacturing and investment casting.
The HIP will be installed in Paulo’s recently expanded Cleveland Division, in Willoughby, OH, which provides specialized brazing and precise vacuum heat treatment. The plant’s AS9100 quality management system and Nadcap accreditation make it especially well-suited to serve the needs of the aerospace and power generation industries.
The press’s unique URC feature streamlines the steps involved in material densification by combining heat treatment and cooling in a single process, known as High Pressure Heat Treatment (HPHT). The design enables all processed components to cool uniformly, minimizing thermal distortion and non-uniform grain growth, improving their performance.
Paulo and Quintus Technologies have also entered into a marketing agreement that reflects the commitment of both companies to work closely together to spread the use of the HPHT process.