A hydraulic press, like any complex machine, is an assembly of many components that must alll work together in order to function properly. In modern engineering design the tool that best facilitates this coordination is solid modeling.
In a solid modeling CAD system, parts and assemblies are developed in 3D representations as opposed to the traditional 2 dimensional drafting of the past. The solid modeler can manipulate the parts of an assembly to rotate and fit the various components together just as the physical parts would be. This allows precise placement and the ability to develop complex assemblies that would be nearly impossible to do in a 2D drawing.
An additonal feature of solid modeling systems is the ability to share the design data with multiple design engineers at the same time. In this way multiple features of the product design may be developed concurrently, saving time and eliminating potential errors or interferences between assemlies.
by Michael Riehn
In an effort to meet the growing demands of today’s modern metal forming and fabricators, hydraulic press builders are continually adding flexibility and performance to their offerings. Hydraulic press builders can strengthen the “just-in-time” and “lean manufacturing” philosophies of many manufacturers by designing a press for a business’s specific application. Manufacturing companies can streamline their process to cut excess “bells and whistles” that they don’t need or use.
Technology in the hydraulic press industry is providing the ability to build machines specifically designed to meet the comprehensive needs of individual buyers. These needs range from dedicated cell production presses to sophisticated machines with unlimited capabilities.
For press buyers who require simple machines with simple electrical and hydraulic circuits, capital equipment costs can be kept to a minimum while still ensuring that the end result will be a quality machine comprised of quality components. Machine tool purchasers that have a demand for machinery capable of performing more complex or demanding applications, can add proven features to reach the level of sophistication they require.
Cost control is possibly the greatest advantage to having a press built to a customer’s specific needs. Cost savings in new hydraulic presses can be gained by reducing the complexity and sophistication of the machine to meet their exact needs; which does not equate to a reduction in quality or integrity.
Keeping things simple helps companies lower the price of their machine. Customers that depend on being able to deliver various and differentiated products quickly can benefit from economical hydraulic presses that are dedicated units used in work cells.
“Custom” building a hydraulic press does not necessarily result in an elevated selling price, especially when dealing with manufacturers who specialize in machine customization. The progression of modern manufacturers has generated customers who want to avoid the cost of large, general-purpose presses; the sort of monument press that must be run continuously to be profitable. Custom building a hydraulic press can complement a value engineering approach, putting only as much technology into a press as the customer requires.
Currently, almost every hydraulic press builder can offer its customers a multitude of choices for each feature found on a machine. Whether it be: speed, force, footprint or the integration of auxiliary equipment, hydraulic press companies can offer a package that is specifically designed to suit their customers needs. A truly built to specification press will posses the customer’s desired bed size, tonnage and speed system all at an affordable cost.
Below is a list of important terms associated with hydraulic presses: