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Beckwood Custom Hydraulic Press Safety Safety First

All Beckwood manufactured presses have control systems that meet all OSHA and ANSI B11.2 (1995) standards for control reliability. Our control engineers will integrate these systems so that no single component failure can cause unintended motion in the ram.

What is the right control system for you?

Beckwood Hydraulic Press Control InterfaceBeckwood Press Company is experienced in a wide array of hydraulic press control technology and is perfect for any type of application. We have partnered with Allen-Bradley for our standard control systems, but have experience in, and will utilize almost any control manufacturer upon request.

Beckwood provides thorough and complete integration, communications setup and training on all press systems and is experienced in finding the most efficient control package for your needs.

Whether you need a simple indicator/pushbutton panel, or a more robust touchscreen panel with large capacity job storage, we are experienced in integrating the right panel for your press needs.

What is a Programmable Control System - Standard?

Beckwood utilizes a PLC control package standard with every hydraulic press. This includes manually adjustable mechanical limit/ proximity switches for ram position sensors and a digitally programmable pressure switch for pressure control.

Beckwood Standard Controls Hydraulic PressesCommon adjustable features include:

  • Pressure
  • Down Limit Switch
  • Up Limit
  • Slow Down
  • Selectable Return on Position or Pressure
  • Dwell Timer (optional)
  • Integration of controls through Auxiliary Equipment


What are the upgraded Programmable Control Systems?

The upgraded hydraulic press control systems utilize an Operator Interface for HMI functions. A wide variety of packages are available from Set Point Input Panels through a more robust Touch Screen Interface. These systems utilize pressure and linear transducers for press performance inputs and reduce set up time by programming the cycle parameters. The upgraded production package features fully programmable job set up and recipe storage. Systems can be programmed to accommodate many different specifications for a variety of press parameters.

Programmable Option Level 1: Digital Interface with 6 user programmed inputs

A limited number (8 setpoints/ displays) of programmable press parameters may be developed and designed per the end users' specifications. This interface replaces mechanical limit switches and a stand alone switch. Operator programs desired cycle parameters for each cycle, reducing manual set up time.

Beckwood Custom Hydraulic Press Control FeaturesCommon adjustable features include:

  • Tonnage/ Pressure
  • Up Limit
  • Slow Down
  • Return on Position or Pressure
  • Dwell Time
  • Multiple Job Storage
  • Serial Communications
  • Password Protection


Other adjustable features may include but are not limited to:

  • Ram Speeds
  • Auxiliary Equipment
  • Language Options
  • Graphical Trending
  • Expandable Memory
  • Password Protection
  • Ethernet communications


Programmable Option Level 2: Productivity Package with job storage

Includes touchscreen operator interface with job storage and recipe handling. All cycle parameters are programmed and saved for recall, significantly reducing operator set up time. Additional features are available, see below. System is programmed for application specific requirements to suit user needs.

Common adjustable features include:

  • Tonnage/ Pressure
  • Up Limit
  • Slow Down
  • Beckwood Custom Hydraulic Press Control FeaturesReturn on Position or Pressure
  • Dwell Time
  • Multiple Job Storage
  • Serial Communications
  • Safety Alarms
  • Password Protection


Other Features may include but are not limited to adjustable:

  • Ram Speed Control
  • Integration of controls through Auxiliary Equipment
  • Language Options
  • Data Collection
  • Graphical & Report Trending
  • Expandable Memory
  • Ethernet communications
  • Diagnostic Control
  • Press Monitoring
  • Production Rate
  • Plus much more.


Full specifications can be developed with a Beckwood Sales Engineer.

Standard Components, Customized Design

Beckwood designs each press with standard interfaces from top of the line component manufactures. Each control system is designed with the end-user's needs in mind. We strive to find the most efficient fit for each application without any unnecessary cost additions.

Standard HMI and PLC Packages

  • Allen Bradley PLC: Micrologix, SLC 5/00's, Compact Logix, Control Logix
  • Broad Range of communications packages from DF1 (serial) through ethernet
  • Allen Bradley 7" panel view and color touch screens with standard serial and ethernet connections


Optional HMI and PLC Packages

Any combination of PLC and touchscreen is possible per the customers' requirement, including: Mitsubishi, Siemens, Automation Direct, Omron, GE. (Other panels and PLCs available upon request.)