Hydraulic forming press

French Oil Mill Machinery Co. (Piqua, OH, US) and TMP (Piqua), A Division of French, a custom hydraulic press manufacturer, have developed a hydraulic press system to improve the part quality of critical composite aerospace components while reducing production cost, energy consumption and noise.

French Oil Mill Machinery Co. (Piqua, OH, US) and TMP (Piqua), A Division of French, a custom hydraulic press manufacturer, have developed a hydraulic press system to improve the part quality of critical composite aerospace components while reducing production cost, energy consumption and noise. The downacting sideplate hydraulic press system is designed with an Integrated RTM Package and Precision Control Motion Package. Also included are French's patented tapered keys, which reportedly  extend the life of the headblock, sideplates and main cylinder. The reservoir and hydraulic power are mounted on top of the headblock, reducing the overall footprint of the press. A platform with ladder is provided to allow access and serviceability. The energy efficient hydraulic design is said to reduce horsepower and noise throughout the molding cycle. The press comes standard with steel, multi-zone, electrically heated platens that are rated to 500°F/260°F and have nickel-plated water cooling passages for corrosion resistance. Each platen includes edge insulation for enhanced temperature uniformity and provides three stages of cooling. Customers may choose to upgrade to Uni-Temp platens for more advanced temperature control for heating and cooling. Customers may also elect to include the Edge II Control System, a specialized recipe and data collection system programmed to monitor critical processing data, insuring consistent results. Customers can create and store process recipes, then capture and retrieve data with chart and display graphs on a color touchscreen interface. The system has an Ethernet communication port, allowing integration into the customer’s plant system. Further, French engineers can log into the permission-based control system remotely to make electrical upgrades or for troubleshooting.