Stamping Presses

Which Press is Right for You?

May 8, 2013


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).

Mechanical Press

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.


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