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 HICON/H2Q® CAL continuous annealing lines

Continuous hydrogen annealing lines for automotive steels, with H2Q quench technology

EBNER's reputation as the most innovative and competitive full-solution provider has been underlined yet again with this worldwide innovation: a continuous annealing line with 100 % hydrogen atmosphere and 100 % hydrogen quench (H2Q) instead of a water quench. The facility has 20 times the throughput of a conventional hardening and tempering line for carbon steels, along with improved quality, increased flexibility and the capability of processing a larger range of strip dimensions. The horizontal version achieves a throughput of 18 t/h, with even higher throughputs possible with our vertical design.

The HICON/H2Q® continuous annealing line (CAL) from EBNER, with its state-of-the-art quench, can process AHSS grades including DP, TRIP, martensitic, Q&P and other grades from 580 - 1700 MPa yield strength with incomparable flatness.

In detail

With decades of experience in both hydrogen atmosphere processing and the heat treatment of automotive steel, EBNER is a global market leader and has earned a reputation for quality and safety in hydrogen processing.

The hydrogen quench is a revolution in precisely controlled cooling. Incredibly high cooling gradients in excess of 200 K/s.mm, plus the ability to interrupt quenching and then control the temperature at a technologically advantageous level, ensure that our customers achieve the highest throughputs. Furthermore, they have a variety of options to further transform the material microstructure.

The best material

  • >200 K/s.mm cooling rate in the quench
  • precise cooling across the entire strip profile, width and length
  • excellent flatness and cleanest surface finish
  • unique quench settings for UHSS/AHSS, as well as next generation AHSS
  • up to 100 % martensite
  • dual phase steel with a variable volume fraction of ferrite and martensite
  • TRIP and complex phase steel with variable volume fraction of martensite, bainite, retained austenite and ferrite
  • 580 - 1700 Mpa strength

Our most recent reference

An EBNER HICON/H2Q® CAL continuous annealing line successfully started operation in early 2017. This made HyCAL Corp. the first company in North America to offer, on a toll processing basis, the continuous heat treatment of steel in straight hydrogen atmosphere.

One of the significant advantages of choosing EBNER® is our in-house full-scale R&D lab, which is staffed by our experienced development team. Our team constantly researches, develops, tests and refines innovative facilities like this one.

H2 continuous annealing lines

Furnace outlet
Operator side of furnace

HyCAL selected as a finalist in the  AMM Awards for Steel Excellence.

HyCAL technology improves AHSS/UHSS properties, flatness and formability. Reduces steel and manufacturing cost.

 HICON/H2Q® CAL continuous annealing lines

Continuous hydrogen annealing lines for automotive steels, with H2Q quench technology

EBNER's reputation as the most innovative and competitive full-solution provider has been underlined yet again with this worldwide innovation: a continuous annealing line with 100 % hydrogen atmosphere and 100 % hydrogen quench (H2Q) instead of a water quench. The facility has 20 times the throughput of a conventional hardening and tempering line for carbon steels, along with improved quality, increased flexibility and the capability of processing a larger range of strip dimensions. The horizontal version achieves a throughput of 18 t/h, with even higher throughputs possible with our vertical design.

The HICON/H2Q® continuous annealing line (CAL) from EBNER, with its state-of-the-art quench, can process AHSS grades including DP, TRIP, martensitic, Q&P and other grades from 580 - 1700 MPa yield strength with incomparable flatness.

In detail

With decades of experience in both hydrogen atmosphere processing and the heat treatment of automotive steel, EBNER is a global market leader and has earned a reputation for quality and safety in hydrogen processing.

The hydrogen quench is a revolution in precisely controlled cooling. Incredibly high cooling gradients in excess of 200 K/s.mm, plus the ability to interrupt quenching and then control the temperature at a technologically advantageous level, ensure that our customers achieve the highest throughputs. Furthermore, they have a variety of options to further transform the material microstructure.

The best material

  • >200 K/s.mm cooling rate in the quench
  • precise cooling across the entire strip profile, width and length
  • excellent flatness and cleanest surface finish
  • unique quench settings for UHSS/AHSS, as well as next generation AHSS
  • up to 100 % martensite
  • dual phase steel with a variable volume fraction of ferrite and martensite
  • TRIP and complex phase steel with variable volume fraction of martensite, bainite, retained austenite and ferrite
  • 580 - 1700 Mpa strength

Our most recent reference

An EBNER HICON/H2Q® CAL continuous annealing line successfully started operation in early 2017. This made HyCAL Corp. the first company in North America to offer, on a toll processing basis, the continuous heat treatment of steel in straight hydrogen atmosphere.

One of the significant advantages of choosing EBNER® is our in-house full-scale R&D lab, which is staffed by our experienced development team. Our team constantly researches, develops, tests and refines innovative facilities like this one.

H2 continuous annealing lines

Furnace outlet
Operator side of furnace

HyCAL selected as a finalist in the  AMM Awards for Steel Excellence.

HyCAL technology improves AHSS/UHSS properties, flatness and formability. Reduces steel and manufacturing cost.

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