are the days when metal formers put together their own manufacturing
lines. Now, instead of their supply chains including separate vendors
for presses, feed lines and transfer systems, increasingly they are
relying on press builders to provide completely integrated automated
That is the consensus of hydraulic press companies and their
representatives interviewed for this article. They agree that their
evolving roles as turnkey suppliers will continue as customers downsize
their engineering pool while automation needs ramp up.
MJC Engineering’s team of engineers, automation and hydraulic experts saw an opportunity on how to incorporate robotics into the Hydraulic Press Industry. This includes loading and unloading of parts with the help of robots and by replacing the traditional hydraulic systems with Green Hydraulic Power Units.
While hydraulic press technology dates back to 1795 when inventor Joseph Bramah was issued a patent on the first such press, today’s press manufacturers offer a range of options. Hydraulic press expert Josh Dixon, director of sales and marketing, Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, MO, shares his thoughts on today’s offerings and what metal formers need to consider when making their buying decisions.
In any metalforming operation, press cycle time ultimately depends on the operations to be performed, and the material to be worked. There’s just no getting around material properties, the need for dwell time, and the actions—and time—required to shape-shift a blank and achieve a desired part. That said, wasted time exists in a cycle. Tinkering with this time, via a variety of methods, can cut a precious second or two, or more, which adds up to increased productivity and profitability across a job run.
Since 1969, Heyco Metalshas rolled out high-precision, light-gauge coil and strip. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary,
the company excels in copper, copper alloys and stainless steel as it
continues a proven commitment to pristine surface quality, short lead
times, exact specifications and unparalleled value for customers.
Press Co., a St. Louis, MO-based provider of hydraulic and
servo-electric presses, automation systems, and the Triform line of
specialty forming equipment, has been chosen by Branch Mfg. Co., North
Branch, MN, to retrofit a 40-year-old 750-ton straightside draw press.
Features of this press include a 60 by 120-in. bed size, 24 in. of
stroke and 48 in. of daylight.
the latest and greatest spied at FABTECH 2019, held November 11-14 in
Chicago, IL. The show closed with record attendance, with more than
48,000 attendees from 95 countries and 1700 exhibitors participating.
FABTECH 2020 is set for November 18-20 in Las Vegas, NV.
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Fabricators and metal formers today use a broad range of equipment to
meet production goals. Success in meeting these goals requires the right
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