Categories Aerospace, Misc.

EMI Aerospace and Impression Technologies sign agreement for Hot Form Quench (HFQ®) Technology

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May 11, 2023

Impression Technologies Limited (‘ITL’) and EMI Aerospace (‘EMI’) have entered into a licensing and technical services agreement to develop applications and manufacturing capability for advanced aluminum structures using Hot Form Quench (HFQ®) Technology in international aerospace markets.

Accessing HFQ® Technology and support from ITL’s technical specialists will widen the range of applications that EMI can serve, enabling it to offer hot-formed aluminum structures for aerospace OEMs with reductions in part count and part cost. The partnership brings together EMI’s production capabilities, decades of experience, and strong channels to market with ITL’s expertise in materials characterisation, simulation, applications engineering and hot forming (HFQ®) process technology for the highest available strength grades of aluminum sheet.

“We are delighted to embark on this journey with EMI to establish HFQ® manufacturing in the USA for commercial aerospace structures. Our new partner is proactive and ambitious, and extends our commercial reach into major aircraft OEMs and subsystem suppliers”, said Jonathan Watkins, Chief Executive Officer of Impression Technologies.

“EMI Aerospace is excited to partner with Impression Technologies and is eager to offer the HFQ® forming process to our trusted aerospace partners. We look forward to collaborating with the HFQ® team on current and future projects as we expand our forming capability of complex aluminum parts,” said Stan Kenner, President of EMI Aerospace.

About EMI Aerospace

EMI Aerospace is a leading aerospace parts manufacturer specializing in complex metal formed parts since 1959. Headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, they produce OEM and MRO aircraft engine nacelles, bulkheads, heat shields, and duct sections. They also produce spacecraft parts including thermal shields, structural components, and fuel system components.

EMI Aerospace specializes in speed to market, utilizing their on-site foundry that allows them to support rapid developmental projects with prototype tooling and simulations followed by full production tooling and components. They are AS9100D and Nadcap certified, and are ITAR compliant. EMI Aerospace is a division of Quality Metalcraft / Experi-Metal, Inc Holdings.

About Impression Technologies and HFQ®

Impression Technologies developed and commercialised the Hot Form Quench (HFQ®) process for the hot forming of ultra-high strength aluminum sheet. This breakthrough was pioneered at Imperial College, London. HFQ® enables high-strength aluminum precision forming at high speeds into complex-shaped parts reducing part count, weight, costs and tool investment, whilst improving dimensional repeatability. This disruptive technology encompasses advanced materials science, alloy processing and sophisticated forming simulation models. HFQ® structures have been in serial production for automotive platforms since 2016, with manufacturing in Coventry, Achern in Germany (with its partner, fischer group) and Chengdu, China (with its partner Jet Wagon). From the company’s headquarters in Coventry, UK, ITL’s team of design, metallurgical and process experts support growing ecosystem of partners for sustainable automotive and aerospace lightweight solutions.

For further technical information:

Tim McGuire, Director of Aerospace, Impression Technologies

Richard Kraft, Aerospace Business Manager, EMI Aerospace

For media enquiries:

Colleen O’Brien, Communications Specialist, EMI Aerospace

Categories Misc., Prototype

Our Prototype Stamping Capabilities

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May 3, 2023

We have stamping presses to manufacture virtually any of the prototype stamping parts you need. Our 33 presses range from 150 to 4,000 tons with bed sizes from 42” x 60” to 240” x 96”. Our equipment allows us to manufacture parts of various material specifications and thicknesses. This includes hand and coil fed transfer and tandem line presses. We feature a 2,500 ton coil fed transfer press allowing for a faster, more automated process for large stampings and assemblies. Our brake press uses v-tool forming, reducing tool costs for straight, less complex bends. We also have 500 and 600 ton presses with roll-out bolsters that use multiple dies and minimize change outs over time. Combined, this gives us the ability to stamp the parts you need to get your product to market faster.

We tailor our solutions to your program’s specific prototype stamping needs. Our expertise goes beyond stamping a part and shipping it to you. We engineer the manufacturing process to ensure it is as efficient as possible. Your complete program in managed in-house, vertically integrating all processes and technologies while maintaining a single point of contact. We understand the key to being a successful partner is more than just delivering a high-quality product on-time.

We take a strategic engineered approach and utilize robotics based on your requirements, our years of proven production experience, and automated technologies. This semi-automated process creates a leaner, more cost effective project. Your program can see greater repeatability, reduced piece price over the life of the project, and increased rate in flow. If you are looking for a trusted, reliable partner for your prototype stamping needs, look no further than QMC-EMI.

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Categories Misc.

Earth Day 2023

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April 25, 2023

In honor of Earth Day last week, our all 3 of our facilities participated in Earth Day cleanups, cleaning inside and outside the buildings while brainstorming green initiatives. Once the Michigan weather clears up we will continue some outdoor cleanups and our Production facility will be planting a tree. Thank you to all of our employees for their hard work and support for Earth Day!

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Categories Aerospace

EMI Aerospace at MRO This Week!

EMI Aerospace at MRO

April 18, 2023

It’s MRO Americas week! Be sure to stop by booth #349 to enter for your chance to win a Yeti M20 Backpack cooler!

Our EMI Aerospace experts will be onsite to talk about our wide range of capabilities, including our rapid response/AOG service. Our in-house kirksite foundry for tooling and 4-8 week lead time from product data to parts gets your aircraft off the ground faster. Learn more about how we can help with your next project. See you there!

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