H2 Continuous Anneal
The new HyCAL hydrogen continuous anneal line is a technological breakthrough that is driving steel lightweighting forward. The first of its kind for steel, our Ebner line produces AHSS/UHSS grades including Martensite, Dual Phase, Complex Phase, Transformation-Induced Plasticity, Quench & Partition, and all the 3rd Gen steels currently under development.
The hydrogen cooling technology of the line is the key. The infinitely adjustable, optimized blend of hydrogen used for quenching gives us full control of finished properties — regardless of variations in incoming coils — and produces incomparable consistency of properties across the entire length and width of the strip profile.
No water is used anywhere in the process so the inconsistency of properties and off flat conditions typical of water quenched lines are eliminated.
Your material is dead flat and ready to use right off the line, without post heat treat temper rolling or tension leveling. The result: on spec, flat sheets with residual stress-free prime yield.
SimCAL Adds Control
Our Process Simulator (SimCAL) duplicates the thermal model of the CAL allowing HyCAL to prove achievable properties PRIOR to production, resulting in lower cost, less waste and more predictable results. Once an acceptable thermal cycle is identified, the SimCAL feeds forward directly to the continuous anneal line and locks in heating and quenching cycles to accurately produce the targeted grade. The SimCAL also streamlines the grade development and certification process.
Martensitic Grades With Exceptional Formability
High strength martensite steels used for pillars, bumpers, rails, reinforcements, seat tracks and other safety components have traditionally been challenging to form. HyCAL delivers the material formability you need for structural and safety components — without loss of physical properties.
Toll Processing Benefits
HyCAL Corp is the first to offer continuous anneal on a toll processing basis — and we are changing the dynamics of the market. We give you the flexibility to purchase only what you need, when you need it. And to source from a much broader supply base.
For OEMs and the supply chain, HyCAL’s superior control of properties allows you to specify AHSS/UHSS grades that give you the perfect balance of strength, formability and weldability, allowing you to engineer the material to its full capacity and maximize its lightweighting potential.
Our hydrogen line is perfect for producers and distributors who have not yet invested in continuous anneal technology but wish to sell AHSS/UHSS grades into “products-in-motion” markets such as automotive. Our continuous anneal line provides you with the unique benefit of being able to test the size of specific markets, determine the best products and find the heat treat process that is most suitable for you — without the risk of investing in equipment.