RTI International Metals


RTI is a titanium producer with locations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Scanacon delivered a new chemical milling line with complete acid management to RTI – improving process control, uptime, productivity, quality, environmental standing and working conditions.
The background

RTI International Metals, Inc. specializes in titanium products for the aerospace, defense, propulsion, energy, industrial, medical and chemical markets. RTI is a pioneer in advanced titanium manufacturing, engineering, machining and forming processes. RTI is a fully integrated titanium producer, delivering milled products, extruded shapes, form-ready parts and final engineered components from multiple locations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

The problem

The chemical milling process equipment at RTI Tradco was entering the final stages of its useful service life. RTI’s continued mandate to produce state of the art titanium products required a higher productivity,  environmental stewardship and operator safety than possible  using the existing chemical milling line.

The Scanacon solution

The Scanacon solutions to the problem was to provide the customer with a new state of the art chemical milling line, drawing from Scanacon’s extensive portfolio of specialized products and services.

The result

The new line resulted in improved process control, uptime, productivity, quality and environmental standing and, just as importantly, higher process safety and reduced employee exposure to hazardous chemicals. A 20 percent reduction of HF and 50 percent of HNO3 consumption, along with waste reductions of more than 25 percent, productivity increases of more than 20 percent due to minimized line downtime and improved process control.

As a result of the successful 2011 project, a new project was realized and was commissioned in December 2012 for RTI Tradco’s Titanium flat rolled (sheet) pickling process.

Scope of work

Scanacon supplied a complete acid management solution to RTI Tradco, including:

  • Engineering
  • AT75 Acid Tester
  • SAR-MiniFlex
  • ACS
  • Thermoplastic fabrication of process tanks, hoods and fume extraction
  • Thermoplastic fabrication of piping system and acid containment
  • Cascade rinsing system
  • Degreasing
  • Turnkey installation
  • Commissioning
  • Training

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