Essen, November 23, 2018 – Audi inaugurates the Werkstofftechnikum in Neckarsulm. Its innovative plant technology enabled the creation of optimal preconditions to develop lightweight materials and highly economic manufacturing processes for future light metal construction parts. Tenova LOI Thermprocess is both development partner and supplier of the state-of-the-art heat treatment plant.
For many years, a development cooperation in the field of tempering structural cast components exists between Audi and Tenova LOI Thermprocess. The modular design of the new heat treatment plant was jointly developed according to Audi’s specifications. This plant consists of a furnace for solution annealing and aging treatment, a fluidized bed furnace and a quenching device that can be operated with air or water.
The newly developed quenching device represents a novelty with the achievable range of cooling gradients. It is a beneficial precondition for Audi in Neckarsulm to develop in detail new parts of different manufacturing processes and alloys which prove to be suitable for later series production.
Both partners continue elaborating further trend-setting solutions with the aim to optimize the process guidance and the component properties in the production of lightweight construction parts.