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February 26, 2020

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Technology Focus: Hydraulic Presses
MetalForming editors bring you the February installment of our monthly Technology Focus newsletters as we highlight hydraulic presses.

Next Month:  Die Protection/Press Controls

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Hydraulic Press Builders Becoming Purveyors of Turnkey Systems
Gone 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 systems.

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.

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MJC Engineering & Technology Introduces Automation into the Hydraulic Press World
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.

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Hydraulic Presses: Better Than Ever
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.

Ways to Decrease Cycle Time on Hydraulic Presses
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.

Heyco Metals
Since 1969, Heyco Metals has 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.

Market Report: Aerospace
Hydraulic presses rank among the most valuable tools available to those who produce parts for this soaring market segment.

Beckwood to Retrofit Draw Forming Press for Branch Mfg. Co.
Beckwood 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.

Hot Off the Press

January 2020 issue
February 2020
Record FABTECH a Technology Oasis
MetalForming presents 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.

Software for the Ages
Fabricators and metal formers today use a broad range of equipment to meet production goals. Success in meeting these goals requires the right software.

Upcoming Issues
March: Die Protection/Press Controls, Conveyors, CNC Punching & Tooling, Resistance Welding, Post-Processing, Roundup: Die Design and Simulation Software

April: Mechanical Presses, Stamping High-Strength Steels, Laser Cutting, Press Brakes/Folding, Arc Welding, Software for Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, PMA Auto Parts Suppliers Conference and Industry Report
Industry-Related Terms: Hydraulic Press, LASER, Lines, Stainless Steel, Surface, Transfer, Forming, Alloys, Die, Bed, Blank, CNC, Draw
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms



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