The Precision Tubing Technology Center, with competence in five locations across the world, concentrates on product, alloy, and coating and process development. It focuses on development that creates results.
The center also is engaged in partnerships with a wide variety of customers, and it has links with major technical institutes throughout the world, allowing access to ground-breaking new R&D. Combining this knowledge with the know-how of trained and experienced personnel, and access to modern well-equipped laboratory facilities, enables Sapa to provide continuous support to its tubing customers.
The global technology center has helped drive many innovations, providing support in:
- Material technology
- Process technology
- Tube components
- Application design and prototyping
Its competencies cover:
- Tube extrusion, drawing and coating technology
- Tube welding
- Die technology
- Alloy development
- Surface and coating development
- Brazing technology, such as Hybraz™/®
- Corrosion and corrosion design
- Heat exchanger design
- FEM simulations
The center has access to laboratory facilities, including:
- Metallography and mechanical testing labs
- Metal forming simulation (Gleeble machine) SEM / GDOES
- Corrosion test labs
- Brazing labs
- Bending and end-form testing
- Solar thermal testing
- Heat exchange prototyping
Sapa is the global leader in developing and marketing aluminium tubing solutions for heat transfer applications, with production in Europe, North America, China and Brazil. The company has more than 30 years of experience supplying the automotive and the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industries.
In addition to heat exchange applications, Sapa's Precision Tubing business area supplies both extruded and welded aluminium tubes for gas and fluid transfer, structural and solar thermal applications. Sapa also supplies niche markets where its technological competence and innovative products can add value for customers.