Powder compacting is a compression molding process that uses a press (usually hydraulic) to form complex shapes from metallic, ceramic, composite, PTFE, and other powder compounds. Beckwood typically uses a multi-action design for powder compacting presses because it allows operators to set fill heights via the lower or middle action while also providing uniform compaction density. With a triple action design, the main ram applies downward force to the powder, a middle “cavity” ram sets the fill depth, and a lower “knockout” cylinder ejects the finished parts.
To facilitate sintering and improve overall part strength, heated platens with precise temperature control can be included. Fully automated powder compacting systems, complete with weighing, dispensing, and leveling features, are also available for manufacturers looking to remove the guesswork from the powder compacting process.
Whether you’re forming brake pads for the automotive industry or O-rings and gaskets for an aircraft, a multi-action press from Beckwood is ready for the job.
We also offer the following options on any powder compacting press:
- Automated powder weighing, filling, and leveling stations
- Powder shoes & hoppers
- Single- or Multi-axis bed shuttles
- Multi-zone heated platens
- High-speed motion controllers
- Neoprene or nylon cylinder bellows
- Go / No-Go functionality for part traceability
- Vibration dampening pads