Rhenium Alloys has the expertise and equipment to handle many industrial metal services, including Cold Isostatic Pressing, Heat-Treating (Annealing and Sintering), Swaging, Drawing, Testing Mechanical Properties, Straightening and Flattening, Center-less Grinding, Rolling, and Engraving.
Rhenium Alloys has two cold isostatic presses (CIP) 10” ID X 24” deep and 4” ID X 22” deep. Both units are high pressure at a maximum pressure at 60,000 psi.
Cold Isostatic Pressing is a method of compacting powders via hydrostatic pressure.
Cold Isostaic Pressing is used to consolidate metal, to make a “Green Part” that can be further treated. For example, rolled, machined or sintered. CIP pressing offers programmable pressure distribution with good accuracy reduced mechanical stresses of processed material and has superior process control at all pressure levels. One benefit from choosing CIP pressing is the increased mechanical properties.
Rhenium Alloys employs 100% hydrogen atmospheres in all of our heat-treating furnaces. The range of heat treating temperatures is 760°C – 2450°C depending on dimension of the specific parts.
We have both muffle furnaces and precision laboratory furnaces. All furnaces have data log capability as well as ramp programs for specific sintering applications. They are controlled and calibrated with Ircon 5 pyrometers that allow for specific temperature monitoring. Rhenium Alloys can heat treat your refractory metals from 760°C – 2450°C.
Swaging is an operation to reduce the diameter of a rod. Rotary swaging (rotary forging) is a hammering operation on the outside diameter of a rod. Rhenium rotary swages from room temperature to 1650°C, from 2” to 0.060” diameter.
Swaging is used for metal forming by reducing the cross section of bars or tubes. Rhenium Alloys offers a wide variety of rotary swagers to accommodate various diameters. Rhenium Alloys has 4 die and 2 die swaging machines that can be used on both cold and hot processes. Rhenium Alloys has over 51 years of swaging experience. We have developed processes for Ruthenium, Nickel based super alloys and various other refractory metals. Rhenium Alloys can process material from .100 to 1.5 inches in diameter. Various dies can be engineered and purchased to go higher or lower. Our swaging department consists of 15 different types of swagers that use both inductions, continues feed and natural gas. We can maintain, data log and create new processes with our extensive knowledge of manufacturing processes.
Drawing is performed at room or elevated temperature from 1.5” to 0.004” diameter on wire, rod and tubing. Rhenium Alloys will process a wide range of material in the drawing operation.
Rhenium Alloys drawing department consists of the following equipment:
Rhenium Alloys uses the MTS Q-Test for testing the mechanical properties of all wires. Specific mechanical properties and hardness can be achieved for your products.
Straightening and Flattening operations are employed for sheet, foil, wire, rod, and tubing at room and elevated temperature to meet the customer requirements of straightness and flatness.
Rhenium Alloys center-less grinds rods and tubing to very fine finishes and tight tolerances based on diameters and length of the part.
Rhenium Alloys has the facilities to cold roll and hot roll up to 1650°C plate, sheet and foil to a customer’s required widths and thickness.
Rhenium Alloys has purchased a Boss FM20 Laser Engraver. This laser engraver allows for the addition of permanent identification to customer parts – which facilitates long term identification and traceability.
The Boss FM20 Ytterbium 20W laser marker includes Q-switch or a pulsed output laser beam. Ideal for permanently marking and engraving raw metal applications as well as industrial polymers. The improved beam quality, coupled with 10X more focus beam diameter, makes this fiber marker ideal for applications that demand extreme precision.
The Boss FM20 engraver boasts excellent capabilities that support Rhenium Alloys’ needs and customer’s requirements. It has an adjustable Z-axis with a focus height up to 30” and a marking area of 4.33” by 4.33”. This system can support PLT, BMP, DXF, JPG, TIF, AL, PNG, and JPG image formats. The marking system has a variable pulse wave frequency that can be adjusted from 20-80 KHZ. It has a marking accuracy of .002”. Its adjustable open platform allows us to engrave many different shapes, from flat sheet products, wire, and tubing, all the way to bulky objects with extremely awkward shapes.
If permanent long-term marking of your RAI products is of interest to you, or if you have your own products that need engraving, please contact our sales staff today.
We would be more than happy to work with you to find the best solution for your product needs.
All of our industrial metal services are performed at our facility in Northeastern Ohio.
* Some materials and compositions may not be suitable to our processes
Bull Block Wire Drawing
Straightener (TAK Cutter)
Hot Working Furnace
Rhenium Alloys' CM Furnace Room
Large Bar Sheet Press
Spectra Mat and Element Heater
Boss FM20 Laser Engraver
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