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, has been awarded a contract to manufacture seven 13-ton servo-driven electro-mechanical presses for use by a leading footwear manufacturer in a trimming application.
Scheduled for delivery in March and April 2018, the presses feature a monolithic frame, quick die clamps, 13-in. of stroke, and a knockout cylinder mounted inside the ram weldment to strip the part after it is trimmed. Using a Parker XFC electro-mechanical actuator to drive the main ram and a load cell to monitor force feedback, cycle times on these machines will average 2.5 seconds or less.
To ensure parallelism, an 8-point square gib guidance system with self-lubricating, graphite-impregnated bronze wear strips will be included. Gib-guided presses typically have very tight clearances and are fully adjustable left-to-right as well as front-to-back, providing superior resistance to lateral slide motion.
“Expanding our custom press offerings to include electro-mechanical machines has been a natural evolution for us,” said Beckwood president Jeffrey Debus. “We approached this project like any other. After a comprehensive review of the application, we developed a solution that would improve our customer’s efficiency and accuracy. This time, a servo-driven electro-mechanical machine was the best choice.”