Meta-Lax Stress Relief Process Saves Energy (Inventions and Innovation)
Bonal Technologies has created a solution to the stress relief dilemma with the help of a grant funded by the Inventions and Innovation Program through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Industrial Technologies. The company’s patented Meta-Lax process relieves thermal stress within metal components by using nondestructive, highly efficient sub-harmonic vibrations to prevent distortion and cracking. The $65,000 grant awarded in 1989 gave Bonal Technologies the chance to refine and prepare its process for the marketplace, including third-party documentation.
Meta-Lax, short for “metal relaxation,” is a proven substitute for 80% to 90% of heat-treatment stress relief in metal working applications. It improves the inconsistencies of the previous resonant-vibration technology by using more efficient, more consistent “sub-harmonic” vibrational energy, which is the
optimum vibration stress-relief frequency.
Meta-Lax treats a wider variety of work pieces with a versatile, portable unit and yields results much more quickly than conventional, stationary heat-treating furnaces. Conventional heat treatments may require over 6 hours while the Meta-Lax process requires about 30 minutes on average.