Custom Designed Process Equipment
REL is a technology development company and in order to bring the products to market, its imperative that the process is developed simultaneously. In many cases, the process equipment is custom designed to the needs of the product. Co-invention of the product and process has led to innovative equipment designs. A good example is in the development of metal matrix composites. The product ingredients are fed into the process to manufacture a preform, essentially a ceramic sponge. REL’s proprietary process can produce a functionally graded preform, placing a higher volume fraction of ceramic in one region, with reduced gradient elsewhere.The process is robust, versatile, automated and scalable to meet large volume MMC applications on a global scale.
The preform is fired, then infiltrated with molten aluminum or magnesium in a squeeze casting process.
This preform firing kiln custom designed & built by REL and was developed for a certain product, and intended to process preforms at a certain production volume.
REL process engineers understand the incoming and outgoing process metrics for each step along the way. Data is tracked and monitored to ensure the process is repeatable.
MMC Squeeze Casting
REL’s metal matrix composite (MMC) products are made with ceramic preforms that are infiltrated with molten aluminum or magnesium in a process called squeeze casting. The vertical squeeze casting cell here produces an industry leading 1500 Tons of clamping force and 1200 Tons of injection / squeeze force in a 24” x 24” envelope. REL also has a horizontal machine with built-in automation systems.
This ability to design custom process equipment demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of material processing, and the ability to design for efficiency. Many of REL’s products bring high performance to cost sensitive markets , where efficiency is imperative in all aspects of the process.
REL understands casting processes and the requirements to achieve high integrity castings.
Call REL today to discuss your needs for custom designed, built and installed casting & related equipment.