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Beckwood to deliver 200-ton forming press to Metal Forming Industries


Industry

June 24, 2021
By Maryam Farag


Industries

Photo: Beckwood Corporation.

Beckwood Corporation has been awarded a contract by Metal Forming Industries to manufacture a 200-ton hydraulic forming press.

Scheduled for delivery later this year, the press will be used to make copper components used in the utility industry.

The custom four-post press will feature 200 tons of force with a Delta high-speed motion controller to achieve positional accuracy within +/-0.005”. A 20-ton ejection cylinder will strip the finished part from the tool and present it for easy removal. To overcome the deflection caused by point-loading of the tool, additional rigidity will be added to the press structure. With a fast approach speed of 373 inches-per-minute (IPM) and a retract speed of 299 IPM, this press will decrease Metal Forming Industries’ current cycle times by 50 per cent.

“Metal Forming Industries approached us wanting to increase speed, accuracy, and precision in their forming operation,” said Caleb Dixon, Sales Engineer, Beckwood. “Through consultation and creative engineering, we were able to design a press that meets their operational needs for years to come.”

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Included is Beckwood’s proprietary pre-preventive maintenance system (PPM), which uses closed-loop monitoring to analyze system performance and notify the operators and maintenance crews when service is necessary.

“After searching the used equipment market, it was apparent I was not going to find what we needed. I decided to contact Beckwood, knowing about their ability to build custom presses. From the time I made the initial web contact request until receipt of a formal quote, to our specs, was 2 days. Impressive!  And to our surprise, the price was affordable. Looking forward to working through this project with Beckwood.” said Mark Easterling, Chief Engineer, Metal Forming Industries.