New hot forming and SPF presses from Beckwood Press Company will have an all-electric option that eliminates the need for traditional fluid power systems, the company said.
December 14, 2022
ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Beckwood Press Company, a major manufacturer of hydraulic and servo presses, hydroforming machines, automation systems, and precision forming equipment, is offering all-electric linear servo actuators “on any hot forming or superplastic forming press up to 500 tons,” the company said in a release.
Using Beckwood’s patented LSP™ technology, new hot forming and SPF presses will have an all-electric option that eliminates the need for traditional fluid power systems. Existing hot forming presses can be retrofitted with linear servo actuators to reap the same benefits of a new servo machine at a fraction of the cost, the company said.
According to Beckwood, because LSP systems are fully electric, users will experience a simplistic design with up to 80 percent fewer components than hydraulic presses. Eliminating the hydraulic power units and associated components makes these systems safer, quieter, more efficient, and free of leaks—eliminating the risk for part contamination due to pressurized oil. By reducing the number of moving components, electro-mechanical presses are also easy to set up, maintain, and troubleshoot. Beckwood said its LSP presses “run for millions of cycles before maintenance is ever required.”
Tonnage monitoring and overload protection are standard on these machines, and extreme bed-to-ram parallelism is a byproduct of the technology. The intuitive programming and cycle parameters are said to offer the highest degree of flexibility in configuring speeds, pressures, positions, and recipe creation. The programming infrastructure offers full control with strict part traceability while monitoring key components to ensure system health and party quality, the company said.
“Gone are the days of placing pressurized hydraulic systems above high-temperature pressing ovens,” said Beckwood President Jeffrey Debus, in the release. “Linear servo actuation is the future of heated presses because it’s safer and easier to maintain. Beckwood is excited to be the only OEM offering this technology on both new machinery and retrofits of existing hydraulic and mechanical systems.”
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