Hot forming is becoming increasingly important in the forming of structural panels for the production of automobiles.The process consists of rapid heating of flat panels to 950°C/1742°F prior to pressing them into complex shapes.
Uniform heating of automotive panels prior to pressing or forming is crucial to the quality and strength of the final product. Different product sizes, steel grades and thickness require specific thermal heating profiles to achieve end product characteristics.
- Monitor and verify temperature uniformity by measuring product temperature at various points
- Document ideal heating conditions as a baseline to allow fine tuning of the process heating parameters in case of drift
- Manage traceability for batches, product types or shifts with dedicated software packages