Machine press

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Manual goldsmith press
Power press with a fixed barrier guard
A HACO CNC hydraulic press brake
A press brake bending a sheet of steel

A forming press, commonly shortened to press, is a machine tool that changes the shape of a workpiece by the application of pressure.[1] Presses can be classified according to



An example of peculiar press structure: shop press[edit]

A simple frame, fabricated from steel, containing a bottle jack or simple hydraulic cylinder. Good for general-purpose work in the auto mechanic shop, machine shop, garage or basement shops, etc. Typically 1 to 30 tons of pressure, depending on size and expense. Classed with engine hoists and engine stands in many tool catalogs.

Some examples of presses by application[edit]

  • A press brake is a special type of machine press that bends sheet metal into shape. A good example of the type of work a press brake can do is the backplate of a computer case. Other examples include brackets, frame pieces and electronic enclosures just to name a few. Some press brakes have CNC controls and can form parts with accuracy to a fraction of a millimetre. Bending forces can exceed 4,000 kilonewtons (900,000 lbf).[citation needed]
  • A punch press is used to form holes.
  • A screw press is also known as a fly press.
  • A stamping press is a machine press used to shape or cut metal by deforming it with a die. It generally consists of a press frame, a bolster plate, and a ram.
  • Capping presses form caps from rolls of aluminium foil at up to 660 per minute.

An example of peculiar press control: servo-press[edit]

A servomechanism press, also known as a servo press or a 'electro press, is a press driven by an AC servo motor. The torque produced is converted to a linear force via a ball screw. Pressure and position are controlled through a load cell and an encoder. The main advantage of a servo press is its low energy consumption; its only 10-20% of other press machines. Another advantage is a quiet and clean work environment.

A table of comparison among presses[edit]

Comparison of various machine presses
Type of press Type of frame Position of frame Action Method of actuation Type of drive Suspension Ram Bed
Open-back Gap Straight-side Arch Piller Solid Tie rod Vertical Horizontal Inclinable Inclined Single Double Triple Crank Front-to-back crank Eccentric Toggle Screw Cam Rack & pinion Piston Over direct Geared, overdrive Under direct Geared, underdrive One-point Two-point Four-point Single Multiple Solid Open Adjustable
Bench X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Open-back inclinable X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Gap-frame X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Adjustable-bed horn X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
End-wheel X X X X X X X X X X X X
Arch-frame X X X X X X X X X X X X
Straight-side X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Reducing X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Knuckle-lever
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Toggle-draw
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Cam-drawing
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Two-point single-action
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
High-production
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Dyeing machine
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Transfer
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Flat-edge trimming
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Hydraulic
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Press brake
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X

History[edit]

Historically, metal was shaped by hand using a hammer. Later, larger hammers were constructed to press more metal at once, or to press thicker materials. Often a smith would employ a helper or apprentice to swing the sledgehammer while the smith concentrated on positioning the workpiece. Adding windmill or steam power yielded still larger hammers such as steam hammers. Most modern machine presses use a combination of electric motors and hydraulics to achieve the necessary pressure. Along with the evolution of presses came the evolution of the dies used within them.

Safety[edit]

Machine presses can be hazardous, so safety measures must always be taken. Bi-manual controls (controls the use of which requires both hands to be on the buttons to operate) are a very good way to prevent accidents, as are light sensors that keep the machine from working if the operator is in range of the die.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Press, retrieved 2009-11-24. 

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