Siempelkamp supplies compacting press for titanium sponge to Kazakhstan

An unsurpassed forming pressure improves firmness and quality of titanium compacts.

Krefeld/Germany, (PresseBox) - The titanium and magnesium manufacturer UKTMP in Ust-Kamenogorsk/ Kazakhstan ordered from Siempelkamp a compacting press for titanium sponge with a press capacity of 2 x 80 MN. The high specific forming pressure results in a considerable quality improvement of the titanium and a higher throughput for the entire melting plant.

UKTMP uses the new press to compact titanium sponge. With the help of a press the titanium sponge is formed into compacts which are assembled to an electrode welded under a protective gas atmosphere. The electrode is remelted at least twice inside a vacuum arc furnace.

The distinct feature of the new press is that it works in two directions. The press capacity is 2 x 80 MN and thus a specific forming pressure is obtained which is new to the forming of titanium sponge in large compacts. This leads to a higher firmness of the compacts which ultimately results in improved processability of vacuum arc re-melting and product quality.

Norbert Scholz, head of the Siempelkamp metal forming division, points out Siempelkamp’s participation in the project. “Worldwide Siempelkamp is one of the few trusted manufacturers with experience in the compacting of titanium sponge as well as the forging of titanium, a material that is difficult to form.”

The Siempelkamp order includes the engineering, manufacture and delivery of the press, the hydraulic system, an automatic tooling system with various press tools as well as the complete system control with visualization. The scope of supply also includes the supervision of the installation as well as the startup and adjustment processes of the press. The press is scheduled to be delivered in June, the press tools in September of 2009.

Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH & Co. KG

For decades Siempelkamp has gained vast experience in engineering, design and manufacturing of metal forming presses and supply among others plate bending presses for manufacturing large-diameter pipes and half shells, straightening presses, side-member presses, heat exchanger plate presses, hydroforming presses, rear axle housing presses as well as the complete range of closed-die and open-die forging presses.

Customized presses with high pressing forces are Siempelkamp's core competence.

The Siempelkamp Group is an internationally active technology supplier with three business branches - machinery and plant manufacturing, foundry and nuclear technology. As system supplier of presses and press lines for the metal industry as well as turn-key plants for the wood-working industry Siempelkamp enjoys international standing.

The Group employs worldwide almost 2,500 people.

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