Pressformer II Series Hydraulic C-Frame presses from Pacific Press Technologies (Mt. Carmel, Ill., U.S.A.) are offered in nine standard models ranging from 100 tons to 1,000 tons. Suitable for production work or short-run "just-in-time" applications, the presses provide full-rated tonnage at any point of the long standard stroke, providing greater flexibility in forming functions than mechanical presses, which deliver full rated tonnage only near the bottom of the stroke. The press enables deeper draws and the use of variable-height dies. The fully adjustable top and bottom stroke setting and mode selection is ideal for short run jobs requiring quick setups. Features include a self-contained power unit with three advance speeds and an instant-response relief valve system to avoid possible overload damage. An optional PLC Operator Interface Control (OIC) can input and save up to 50 sets of machine perimeters and set up criteria.
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