Haven Steel Welcomes 50-Ton Beckwood Bulldozer Press

December 9, 2021

Beckwood Press Co., Fenton, MO, has delivered a 50-ton gib-guided bulldozer press to Haven Steel Products, Haven, KS, to bend and straighten heated steel to form industrial rotary blades. The side-acting press features an eight-point square gib-guidance system designed to minimize lateral movement under load and help ensure parallelism throughout the cycle. Presence-sensing safety mats and a hydraulically actuated unloading mechanism provide protection from the heated parts.

The custom press is integrated into a fully automated workcell that includes a preheat oven, part-handling robots, and an automated chute. Automation integration of the press with a custom part-loading machine and unloading mechanism was performed by Wichita, KS-based Techam Solutions. Techam Solutions worked with Beckwood to connect the part loader and unloader to the press’s PLC using a remote input/output module, allowing the system to be controlled from a central HMI and eliminating potential communication issues with the ancillary equipment.

“The installation of the custom Beckwood Press is an integral part of the overall automation project and allows for parts to be formed and directly inserted into the heat treat process untouched by human hands,” says Haven Steel Products special projects manager Tom Oxley.”

“We continue to see an increase in automation requests from press users in nearly every industry,” adds Beckwood sales manager, Caleb Dixon. “By working with the integrator and the end-user on this project, we ensured the press met Haven Steel’s production needs while providing Techam with the programming infrastructure needed to incorporate the automation components.”

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See also: Beckwood Press Company

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