New Hydraulic Deep-Draw Press Boasts Energy-Saving Features

February 14, 2022

Lauffer-S-Line-servo-hydraulic-pressProductivity, efficiency, and sustainability were primary goals as Lauffer set out to develop its new S-Line of servo-hydraulic presses.  Focused on customer total cost of ownership, say company officials, engineers during press development paid close attention not only to press performance and part quality, but also to operating costs and one-off acquisition costs.

At the heart of the new press line is a variable-distortion pump with variable-speed drive, scalable due to its modular design. The system almost completely dispenses with the valve technology required in conventional hydraulics, leading, according to Lauffer, to a significant reduction in throttle losses and therefore an increase in energy efficiency. Maintenance costs also are reportedly reduced, as is the required oil volume.

Lauffer also offers advanced control technology with the press that allows for forming-process monitoring and analysis, stroke by stroke. Any deviations in forces can quickly be identified and accounted for to ensure consistent part quality.

Lauffer recommends the presses for demanding deep-drawing applications, noting their ability to provide energy recuperation during the drawing stroke by converting blankholder force into electrical energy and feeding it directly to the main drive. Lauffer estimates energy savings as much as 35 percent, adding: “The higher the draw stroke and the greater the blankholder force, the greater the savings potential.”

Already realizing benefits from its newest Lauffer deep-draw press is Blickle Räder und Rollen GmbH, Rosenfeld, Germany, a manufacturer of rollers and casters, which has installed a model SRZ 400. Compared to deep-drawing on an older Lauffer press--with similar features but using conventional drives—the firm has realized energy saving of 26 percent.   

Says Dr. Christian Wager, head of the sheet metal products division at Blickle: “The overall design of the press and the clever drive concept quickly convinced us of its benefits. Subsequent measurements clearly showed that the calculated savings were exceeded. We are happy to expand our production capacity with this machine while making an active contribution to climate protection.”

Lauffer plans to commission an SRZ 250 demonstration press at its facility in Horb, Germany, during Q2 2022, followed by a thorough test phase. The firm also will provide machine demonstrations in September 2022 as part of an official celebration surrounding its 150-yr. anniversary

Lauffer is represented in North America by EuroPress Metalforming Technologies, Inc., Germantown, WI; Production Technologies International LLC, St. Claire Shores, MI; and MFG Equipment Resources LLC, Maiden, NC.

Industry-Related Terms: Draw, Drawing, Model, Stroke
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See also: Lauffer GmbH & Co., KG

Technologies: Stamping Presses


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