The hydraulic press uses water to move pumps and cylinders to generate compressive force. It does not generally achieve the high cycling speeds of a similar-sized mechanical press, but it does offer greater versatility with its variable stroke length, die space, and pressure.
The hydraulic press is often the best choice when producing parts with deep, complex forms that require a lot of material flow and are not dependent on production speed. Parts such as tanks, cylinders, and bowl shapes are often run on hydraulic presses.
- Full tonnage throughout the stroke
- Unlimited customization and flexibility
- Longer tool life
- Variable stroke length
- Variable slide velocity
- Full working energy at any speed
- Takes up less space than a traditional mechanical press
- Can create complex and intricate shapes
- Lower accuracy and repeatability
By Justin Dykstra
Senior Controls Engineer
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