Whether you're looking for a small power drill press or a 16-ton hydraulic press, you need the right machine to complete the job. A metal-press machine and metal forming press are often used in assembly production. While some presses are ready to use straight from the manufacturer, others require programming to perform their individual functions.
Power presses are a large investment for your business, and buying one can be a long, research-intensive process if you don't know exactly what your company needs. When buying a power press, consider the following:
1. Increasing capabilities with a programmable power press.
2. Getting a transfer system and feedline to increase efficiency.
3. Purchasing a pre-owned press from a reputable company to cut down your expenses without sacrificing quality.
4. Anticipating cost for servicing the press and replacing parts.
Ensure flexibility with industrial programmable power pressesDepending on your machining business, you could need several different types of power presses. Although some industrial presses are "one size fits all" in that they can be programmed to perform different functions, if you machine a wide range of products, these presses might not be ideal.
Spend less by purchasing pre-owned power pressesMachine companies often sell or trade in their working power presses. Some tool companies refurbish damaged industrial presses and sell them at a discount. Purchasing pre-owned equipment can save you money, but be sure to ask about the company's warranty and return policy in case the press doesn't work properly.
Add a mechanical power press transfer systemMechanical press shops that use multiple stations need a transfer system to transport parts between the stations. The transfer station functions directly with the press, and companies that customize mechanical power presses can integrate the transfer system so it's like having one machine.
Prepare to replace power press partsLike all machines, a heavy duty press will suffer wear and tear. To prevent unnecessary downtime, you should have a plan in place before your equipment breaks down. Make sure you know of at least two companies that keep power press parts in their inventory so you're not waiting for parts to be special ordered.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has guidelines for mechanical power presses. Schedule a power press inspection before putting the press into operation.