Isostatic Pressing for High-Volume Production
Industry has been made aware of what isostatic pressing is and what it can do. Laboratories have completed evaluation programs and are now ready for production equipment in the plant. Techniques have also been developed in the automation of isostatic pressing in order to adapt the process for high-volume production. Each product must be evaluated by its shape and material to determine applicability to volume production. The shape of the part determines the type of process needed; it can be either wet-bag or dry-bag. The nature of the material used for the part being pressed dictates the amount of pressure required. The design of the isostatic pressing equipment itself is very important, but the tooling for the part being made plays an equally critical role. All tooling is made up with at least one flexible surface. The complexity of the part to be pressed is left largely in the hands of the tool designer. There are many areas in which time and money may be saved through the use of isostatic pressing. For instance, the more expensive materials, such as tungsten and beryllium, can be processed with a minimum scrap loss.
KeywordsPressure Vessel Volume Production Solid Core Irregular Particle Powder Preparation
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