400-ton titanium hot forming press

St. Louis, MO – Beckwood Press Company, a leading manufacturer of custom hydraulic and servo-electric presses, automation systems, and the Triform line of precision forming equipment, recently delivered a 400-ton hydraulic hot forming press to a major supplier of titanium aerospace structural components in the Midwest.

The press features 48-in. x 96-in platens capable of reaching temperatures up to 1,800-degrees Fahrenheit via multi-zone electric cartridge heaters.  Automated, insulated doors on the front and rear of the press prevent heat loss during the cycle and facilitate safe part loading and unloading while hinged access doors on each side allow for periodic progress monitoring. Additionally, Beckwood’s proprietary Active Leveling Control (ALC) system ensures +/-0.004-in. bed-to-ram parallelism is maintained despite off-center loading or die warpage due to the high temperatures.

This is the second titanium hot forming press installed at this location since 2017.