Which Press is Right for You?
Generally, a traditional mechanical press can achieve the highest production speeds, especially when running relatively at parts with simple, shallow forming requirements.
A hydraulic press offers more versatility in tonnage and working energy to allow for more complex processes and forming. A mechanical servo press combines versatility and higher production speeds. Stamtec offers all three press types—mechanical, hydraulic and servo (of both drive types).
Characteristics of a traditional mechanical press:
- Fixed stroke length, although variable-stroke-length presses are available from some manufacturers.
- Special slide motions, such as link motion, are available, specific to particular press.
- Variable slide velocity, although slide-velocity profile within a single cycle of the press is fixed.
- Working energy depends on flywheel mass and speed.
- Full press capacity near stroke bottom dead center (BDC).
- Simplicity of setup and operation.
- Typically the highest stroking speeds.
- High accuracy and repeatability, with relatively low initial cost.