In the tank
MetCon process electrochemical conditioning is done in a series of large tanks. Here, two round-cornered square (RCS) billets have been lifted from the first treatment tank.
Two conditioned, 9-in. RCS billets emerge from the MetCon electrochemical treatment bath.
Any product form that will fit into the tank can be conditioned by the MetCon process. As many billets that fit on racks to hold them can be treated at one time.
A technician checks the electrochemical bath temperature as material is loaded into the tank. The "green" MetCon process environment requires none of the extreme haz-mat precautions typically associated with pickling.
An as-forged incoming billet displays cracks and alpha case surface formation, requiring conditioning.
The same material shown after it has been fully conditioned by the MetCon process, ready for forging or rolling. Crack tips have been removed and more parent material preserved than by traditional conditioning methods.
MetCon-conditioned titanium material, ready for next process step.