One of Pankl’s strengths is to quickly adapt new technologies, processes and materials and incorporate them into existing proven processes. This makes Pankl one of the innovation leaders in the field of technology.
Racing / High Performance / Aerospace
When it comes to solving complex design projects in the motorsport, aerospace or high-performance segments, metal-based heavy-duty materials such as titanium alloys, high-strength steels or super alloys are applied. One of the most challenging process steps in the manufacturing chain for these high-performance metal-based materials is the machining: turning, drilling, milling and grinding.
Pankl Racing Systems has an up-to-date machine pool and high-precision measuring equipment at its disposal, guaranteeing the successful manufacturing of products made from a range of materials and with highly complex geometries and narrow tolerances.
High-precision and complex components for Formula 1, aircraft and helicopters as well as for vehicles in the premium segment are produced in high-tech machining centres. The strengths of our company are precision, speed and flexibility, which we demonstrate on a daily basis. All resources within the Pankl group are used efficiently: the exchange of experience gained over several decades, specialist team knowledge, information and data is swift and straightforward, helping us to develop promptly concepts and strategies for the latest application areas.
Finally, one of the most important elements for a successful project is the open and constructive dialogue with our customers.
Racing / High Performance / Aerospace
Requirements for structural materials increase permanently requiring continuously new characteristics. The properties of metal-based materials are to a large extent determined by the heat treatment they are subjected to. This refers to a process where the work pieces are heated and cooled down again according to a certain time-temperature curve in order to obtain optimised material properties. These thermal and/or thermochemical influences lead to structural changes that affect the tensile strength, toughness, machinability and homogeneity of the metal, making it possible to improve the material properties. In addition, the lifespan of the components is extended, optimising the cost-benefit ratio.
Pankl Racing Systems has one of the most innovative heat treatment facilities available on the market. Our modular vacuum heat treatment system is fully automated and multifunctional, with three treatment chambers that are supported by a preheating furnace.
All thermal and/or thermochemical heat treatment processes may be performed
simultaneously, at temperatures of up to 1200°C. Using quench gases such as nitrogen, high pressure and high flow speeds, components are hardened evenly and with a high level of process reliability.
The unit allows for a wide range of heat treatment processes, all of them customised to suit the component and material in question.
Vacuum hardening is a highly efficient, environmental-friendly hardening process for warpsensitive, complex precision components that require clean and smooth surfaces. The quenching process is performed through a stream of gas with overpressure that varies depending on the required component characteristics.
Customers may choose between different hardening processes, from tempering to a range of annealing processes all the way to solution annealing and quenching.
Basically it is possible to treat all materials that are suitable for gas quenching. The highest possible precision, minimal reworking and tightest tolerances are our primary goals at all times.
High Performance / Aerospace
Innovative Lightweight Designs
In the area of forming technology, Pankl Racing Systems and its highly qualified and motivated employees implement the latest development trends, methods and approaches for rolling, forging, deep-drawing, pressing and bending in a fast, flexible and reliable manner.
In a rapidly changing market, customers continuously require innovative development ideas, the introduction of new manufacturing technologies, model-based process control and the use of IT systems.
The company’s core competence lies in the development and production of lightweight forged components on state-of-the-art production lines.
The commissioning of a fully automated forging line in 2014 was a huge step towards automation. The core element of the line is a hydraulic press with a press capacity of 3,500 tonnes, which is particu-larly suited for large and complex geometries.
In the first quarter of 2015, a new, fully automated pickling line and crack testing unit for the non-destructive testing of materials complying with automotive as well as aerospace standards was commissioned. Our in-house development division comprises metallurgy, design, finite element calculation and test beds.
We are therefore not just able to support our customers in the selection of innovative lightweight materials, but also provide them with the expertise required for processing these parts. This enables us to create designs optimised lightweight design and friction efficiency and to provide customers with added value.
We have a range of testing facilities at our disposal, allowing for component testing prior to series application, thus minimising devel-opment risks and providing customers with a much higher level of process safety.
Racing / Aerospace
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is developing dynamically, opening up new areas of application on an almost daily basis.
This means that the paradigm shift towards the digital standard of Industry 4.0 has already become reality. Pankl will continuously aim to integrate new developments in Additive Manufacturing into existing value-added chains and to consider questions arising throughout this process in all areas from product design to process development and staff training from a holistic perspective.