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 DP, CP, Trip, MS, QP, HT, 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 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.
Our Process Simulator (SimCAL) provides added control, allowing HyCAL to test small samples of each coil prior to processing to ensure TYEs can be hit and to dial in the exact heating and cooling cycles needed to produce your spec.
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.
Our hydrogen line is perfect for producers and distributors who have not yet invested in CA technology but wish to sell AHSS/UHSS grades into “products-in-motion” markets such as automotive. Our CA 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.
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.