St. Louis, MO – Beckwood Press Company, a leading manufacturer of custom presses, automation systems, and the Triform line of sheet hydroforming presses, has built and delivered a 75 Ton Hot Forming Press for Ducommun AeroStructures, in Coxsackie, NY.

This custom hydraulic press is capable of temperatures up to 1600°F for use during titanium hot forming. Multiple zones of heat control provide ultimate temperature uniformity across each platen. The press’ heat efficiency is aided by an automatic, insulated door system which facilitates part & tool loading, while maintaining the desired temperature set point.

Also integrated into the press are precision hydraulic & controls technologies which give Ducommun exceptional control over the forming process. Beckwood’s Active Leveling Control System (ALC) maintains a 0.002” bed-to-ram parallelism, despite off-center loading due to part geometry or warped tooling. Because pressing speed is critical to Ducommun’s forming efforts, Beckwood allowed for pressing speed control, via the HMI, down to 0.25 inches per minute. Operators can then save all heat and press control parameters, per part, via Beckwood’s included recipe function.

“We are excited to deliver this new hot forming press and are confident the technologies Beckwood has included will increase Ducommun’s throughput,” said Beckwood President, Jeffery Debus. “Beckwood is known for making custom machines developed specifically for our clients’ needs, and this project was no exception. We listened and understood Ducommun’s requirements, and manufactured a press that checked all the necessary boxes.”

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