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Beckwood is more than a machinery manufacturer. We are a premier press builder. We engineer, build and deliver the most robust and reliable hydraulic presses, specialty forming equipment and machinery in the world.

We love to be challenged. We hate the word “no.” We strive to achieve the impossible.

This passion, coupled with our unparalleled engineering and manufacturing ingenuity, allows us to build the best hydraulic press solutions for your application.


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Love What You Do and Where You Do It

Beckwood is a great place to work!







At Beckwood, we work hard and play hard. Our corporate culture fosters creativity and rewards innovation. We come to work each day for the challenge and approach every project with a can-do attitude. We take great pride in our work, and we are united in achieving one goal:

Providing 100% customer satisfaction on every project.

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Unmatched American Quality

American Made Machinery

Beckwood knows buying American-made hydraulic presses and machinery and building the American economy are important not just to our customers but to our country. That’s why we purchase press components from our trusted network of U.S. suppliers and distributors.

When you buy a Beckwood press, you should feel proud that you support American manufacturing jobs and gain peace of mind knowing that your press is “Built for you. Built to last. Built in the USA”.

Every Beckwood and Triform press is designed, engineered, and built in America at our 40,000+ sq. ft. headquarters located in St. Louis, Missouri - USA. Since 1976, Beckwood’s commitment to manufacturing in the United States has resulted in machines that are safer, more robust, and easier to maintain and support than overseas competitors’. 

We have invested in some of the most talented minds in our industry, and it’s paying off. From our design engineers and production staff to our sales and service teams, everyone at Beckwood is committed to our mission: producing the toughest and most innovative hydraulic presses and manufacturing solutions available on the market today.



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ORNL uses a Beckwood Compression Molding Press to Develop Light-Weight Composites

The OakRidge National Laboratory Composites Forming Press Situation

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a US and world leader in the research and development of economical green energy solutions. They are the largest US Department of Energy laboratory and are tasked to continually create innovative solutions to some of the most significant science and energy problems facing the world today. ORNL is currently exploring "lightweighting" techniques to be used in the automotive and aerospace industries. To accomplish their research they needed a compressoin molding press to form various composite materials. 


Beckwood knew that because the press was going to be used for R&D, it needed to be incredibly versatile and have the ability to collect data for a wide range of variables. Additionally, process repeatability and precision controls were critical for accurate experimentation and measurement.

Beckwood developed a custom 100-ton compression molding press with a 36”x36” work area, multizone heated platens, precision control capability and robust data collection.

Beckwood’s Multi-Zone heat control technology ensures uniform heating (to +/-5o F) across the entire platen surface while gun-drilled channels in the platens create a serpentine flow for rapid platen cooling. The ram platen’s pressure and position are precisely controlled via a Delta High Speed Motion Controller and measured using linear and pressure transducers. With the Data Acquisition function, the press can collect and export time, temperature, pressure and position readings at a rate of one per second.


With the new Beckwood compression molding (hot forming) press ORNL has been able to experiment with many newly developed composite materials - which will ultimately aid in the lightweighting of both aerospace and automotive parts.

“It is our goal to make this lab the intersection of our 3D printing capabilities and composites processing,” said Jesse Smith, Manager of Industrial Partnerships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “The new Composites Lab is a showplace for the industry, and Beckwood’s press is an important tool for us.”  

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Beckwood Launches Aerospace-Focused Magazine

Manufacturing the Future Aerospace MagazineIn the aerospace industry, every component is critical.  Consequently, the machines supporting this industry need to be reliable and designed to handle steady workloads of high mix, sometimes low volume production. Beckwood uniquely understands the complex needs of this market because we continue to serve more aerospace customers than any other industry, and have been for decades.  

We don't just stay up-to-date with aerospace manufacturing trends, we stay ahead of them. As a result, we have compiled a new aerospace publication to highlight the top aerospace forming trends and how leading aerospace manufacturers are using technology to form parts, faster, lighter and more economically.

This new digital magazine, Manufacturing the Future, is complete with interactive links to videos, data sheets, and application-specific solutions.  Manufacturing the Future provides a glimpse into our expansive aerospace forming equipment capabilities such as hot forming, stretch forming, sheet hydroforming, rubber pad forming, joggle forming, ring expanding and more.

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We Keep Great Company

Boeing is a Beckwood Client ABB is a Beckwood Client Piper is a Beckwood Client
Aerosud is a Beckwood client who makes parts for Airbus Orange County Choppers got a custom Beckwood press for their tv show Meggitt Safety Systems received a custom Beckwood Deep Draw Press
Ducommun AeroStructures is an aerospace client of Beckwood Mohawk, a leading flooring company, is a client of Beckwood Press Platt Luggage and Cases is a client of Beckwood Press
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Beckwood's Rubber Products

Beckwood offers high quality, long lasting rubber products.Beckwood Press is not only the leading manufacturer of both rubber pad (Guerin Box) and sheet hydroforming presses, but the only press manufacturer to design, engineer and build both technologies. Which makes us experts when it comes to sourcing high quality, long lasting rubber, urethane and neoprene forming products.

From the rubber blocks in a custom pad box to bladders, bladder protection pads, wear pads, throw pads, and replacement rubber we provide the most reliable rubber products available. We maintain an extensive inventory of rubber pads, bladders and other products within our St. Louis, Missouri facility to provide faster service to our customers.

Contact us today regarding your rubber product needs. 



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Aerospace Manufacturer Minimizes Sub-tier Supplier Issues and Maximizes Manufacturing Flexibility


Sheet Hydroforming Presses, Stretch Forming Press, Joggle PressesA US based, industry leader in aircraft manufacture, aircraft modification, and aerostructures fabrication serving commercial, military, and original equipment manufacturers was searching for a 360-degree forming package to help optimize their operations. They needed to replace dated, underperforming equipment; and they wanted to add new equipment and technologies to their arsenal of ever expanding capabilities. The manufacturer also wanted to eliminate downtime of their critical path equipment and maximize efficiencies across their forming operations.


Beckwood Press met with the manufacturer to help evaluate their current operations and to help shine a light on the parts of the operation that could benefit the most from new technological upgrades, replacements and additions. After extensive assessment, Beckwood and the client decided upon a 7 press forming package from the Triform, aerospace focused, family of forming equipment.

The comprehensive package, consisting of Triform sheet hydroforming presses, stretch forming machines and hot joggle presses, fully supported the customer’s mission of increasing its internal metal forming capabilities to minimize sub-tier supplier issues, while increasing overall flexibility and efficiencies.

This inclusive forming package consisted of:

  • 2 Triform Fluid Cell Sheet Hydroforming Presses, Model 24-5BD which will be operated by a single user in a work cell to increase overall productivity – view video of this in action.
  • 1 Triform Fluid Cell 2496-5BD with a bed shuttle for loading convenience and forming efficiency.
  • 2 Triform 20 ton capacity Extrusion Stretch Presses each facilitating a maximum part length of 240", with a tool table dimension capacity of 36" x 48". These presses include integrated tooling heat, joggle rams and fully programmable controls. These machines are designed to stretch and contour even the toughest aerospace alloys into a variety of roll formed profiles. The stretch forming process can typically create net shape curves in a single step process which traditionally would require multiple hits with traditional press forming methods as well as hand finishing – considerably reducing production costs.
  • 2 Triform 50 ton Joggle Presses with 20" x 36" work areas, tool holding fixture tables (engineered to accommodate the customer's existing tooling), and integrated heat and clamping capability.  These joggle forming presses are designed to form parts which require multiple bends, often in opposite directions. As with the sheet hydroforming and stretch forming machines, these presses can form a net shaped part in a single step saving time, while helping to eliminate waste and reducing skilled labor.      


As is common with Beckwood Equipment, these presses included several supplementary items aimed at increasing efficiency, and eliminating unplanned downtime of the equipment. These include on-board Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), complimentary remote factory support with Beckwood’s PressLink module, and Preventive Maintenance (PM) performed by factory-trained Beckwood personnel on the user’s factory floor.

This comprehensive forming package copiously supports the supplier’s major in-house assembly programs directly, minimizing sub-tier supplier issues and maximizing the organization’s manufacturing flexibility.

Since all of the machines incorporate the same technology frameworks, training and support is also simplified for the client.

The client is expecting to be able to take on new projects they were not previously equipped to handle, and to turn around long standing jobs much quicker with better profit margins. 

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Sikorsky Parts Supplier Improves Production Time by 20%


Milford Fabricating 400-Ton Rubber Pad PressWhen it came time to replace their aging press, Milford Fabricating, Co. Inc. looked to Beckwood for a cost-effective, yet versatile forming solution for their low-volume, high-mix family of parts. 

After a consultation with Beckwood, during which Milford’s part family and future growth plans were reviewed by aerospace forming experts, Beckwood proposed a high-performance rubber pad forming press to meet their specific needs. Size, pressure, daylight, pad box depth, ram speed and rubber pad durometer were factored into the custom build. 

The 38” x 60” rubber pad acts as a universal female die, conforming to any shape placed within the forming area on the lower platen. With such a large forming area, users can generate multiple parts in a single cycle, ultimately reducing the overall cost per part. 

With 400 tons of force and integrated 15” deep urethane pads, Beckwood’s rubber pad press is able to provide ample forming pressure on parts up to 5” tall without excessive stress to the pads. 

The fully encapsulated rubber pad box allows for maximum pressure transfer, improving the overall part quality and reducing scrap rates. Additionally, the mechanical pad extraction system allows for faster, safer, and more reliable changing of the rubber pads. 

Challenges & Solutions 

Challenge: Create a reliable, cost-effective press that would support growing production demands. 

Solution: The press is designed for Infinite Life in accordance with rigorous simulation analysis through FEA (Finite Element Analysis) design testing. A heavy duty box beam design provides superior rigidity, and a modular tie rod assembly utilizing pre-tensioning nuts ensures optimum performance.  The 38” x 60” bed bolster can accommodate a variety of different parts in a single forming cycle.

Challenge: Reduce the amount of manual handwork required for each part. 

Solution: The fully encapsulated rubber pad box creates clean, crisp parts that are near net shape, virtually eliminating handwork. 

Challenge: Improve workplace safety. 

Solution: A 38” deep bed with a bed shuttle allows the operator to load and unload larger parts while remaining clear of the ram. Bolt-on expanded metal safety guards cover the side openings of the press. 


By virtually eliminating handwork and utilizing pre-programmed part “recipes” saved in the HMI, Milford has improved part production time by approximately 20%. 

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Unplanned Downtime Derailed with Beckwood’s On-Board Pre-Preventive Maintenance Technology

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An automotive industry supplier required a new 165-ton hydraulic trim press, for the manufacture of vehicle interior components. The critical-path position the press would take in the customer’s facility, and the significant impact the parts being trimmed by the press had on the customer’s business, demanded maximum press up-time.


Beckwood Press engineered and manufactured a custom hydraulic press to meet the specification and performance needs of the user’s application. To address the need for maximum up-time, Beckwood integrated into the press its on-board PPM (Pre-Preventive Maintenance) technology, engineered to monitor the press systems’ health and performance, and automatically relay critical data and components status. The press was also outfitted with multiple redundancies for further prevention of unplanned downtime. This included dual linear and pressure transducers, and the programming necessary for an automatic switch to the backup transducer, in the event of a failure.


The installed press system is operating with closed-loop monitoring of key systems, and built-in component redundancies. Beckwood’s integrated PPM technology scrutinizes the machine’s operation, analyzes the data, and sends critical updates via both the HMI and through an automatic email system. More than 40 different action items and notifications, such as alarms, warnings, pump efficiency, safety system status, oil health, filter status and valve performance are programmed to recognize acceptable operating parameters for each metric and notify the team should emerging patterns signal potential issues. 

Also built into the user’s 165-ton hydraulic press, is a safety check program, which verifies that each safety system on the press is working properly. This two-minute process, which intuitively prompts the operator through a series of on-HMI tasks, is triggered once per week, based on the press’ internal calendar. Through this safety check procedure, the press’ operators and the company’s management have gained a certain peace of mind that the press systems are operating in a safe condition. 

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Rapid Part Development

Rapid Prototyping Tools, Simulation Software, 3D Printing, Sheet Hydroforming and Rubber Pad Press Forming
The ability to react quickly to new part orders or new product development efforts is an integral component of modern manufacturing. Beckwood offers a suite of distinct, yet related, technologies which serve low volume / high mix forming operations, research & development groups and LEAN manufacturers alike.

Beckwood's arsenal of rapid part development tools includes:

Imagine the following Scenario: 

The Future is Now

It’s 2:30 in the afternoon and a new part order arrives in your company’s inbox with a delivery timeline of “ASAP.” 

You upload the supplied part drawing and material specifications into the Pam-Stamp 2G forming simulation software. Over the next 2 hours, the tooling design, blank design and forming process variables are simulated, refined and simulated again. The tendency for the material to tear is addressed by modifying and simulating a gentler tool radius, and the ideal pressure for preventing a problem wrinkle is found - without wasting a single blank. 

It’s 4:30 p.m. and you’re ready to make your tool, and cut your engineered blanks.

The tool design generated within Pam-Stamp is sent to your in-house 3d printer. The printer immediately goes to work, adding layer-after-layer of high-performance material, designed to withstand the high forming pressures associated with sheet hydroforming. The print job continues into the night and by the time you walk back into your facility the next morning, the finished tool is ready.

After removing the tool from the printer and gathering your new blanks, you walk to your Triform sheet hydroforming press. You load the tool and blank before programming the ideal forming pressure, which you learned during simulation. You cycle the press with the confidence of someone who has formed this part before. The tool and blank designs which were optimized during the simulation process perform as planned. 

You remove the net shape part from the press after a single cycle. It’s 8:30 a.m. and you're ready to send the finished parts to shipping, and out to your customer.   

Make this Scenario a Reality for Your Operation

Forming Simulation Software

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Beckwood is an official supplier of the Pam-Stamp 2G forming simulation software, by ESI. Pam-Stamp allows users to verify their forming process prior to tools being manufactured, blanks being cut or the press even being cycled. These simulations offer ‘experience in a box,’ giving users the ability to more quickly discover the ideal tool design, blank design and other process variables. The result is significantly reduced part development costs, and an expedited part development process. 

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Rubber Pad Forming

Hydraulic press rubber pad forming is the process of forming shallow parts with a rubber or urethane pad (or pads) which are confined within a pressure chamber attached to the press ram.  Rather than attaching the tooling to the ram, as in traditional hydraulic press forming, pad forming tools are placed, unsecured, onto the flat surface of the lower platen. This allows the downward pressure of the pad to form the material around the tool.  Multiple parts can be run in a single cycle, as long as the tools & blanks fit into the working area of the press. Beckwood’s rubber pad presses are uniquely designed for short run parts with low up front tooling costs.

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Sheet Hydroforming

The rapid part development characteristics of the rubber pad forming process are amplified in Beckwood’s line of Triform sheet hydroforming presses. Like rubber pad forming, sheet hydroforming is associated with inexpensive tooling and fast changeover times. But unlike the rubber pad forming process, which typically offers ~1,000 PSI of forming pressure on the part, Triform presses provide 5,000 – 10,000 PSI of evenly-distributed forming pressure. The result is net shape part production, which often eliminates the need for manual handwork, allowing parts to be formed more quickly and inexpensively when compared to other processes.

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3D Printing (Additive Manufactured Tooling)

3d printing is no longer a technology of the future. Manufacturers across the world are applying additive manufacturing for a variety of processes. One application that is closely related to Beckwood’s core product offerings is the 3d printing of pad forming or sheet hydroform tooling. Use of additive-manufactured tooling can help expedite new part development and greatly reduce expenses. The combination of Beckwood Presses and 3D printed tooling is game changing for those manufacturers looking for a competitive edge. 

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Beckwood Tough

Beckwood Press offers unprecedented qualityAll Beckwood presses are Made for You, Made to Last and Made in the USA.

Our machines are built to withstand the demanding conditions of a 24/7 manufacturing environment. 

Remarkably Durable Structures

Every machine we build is engineered for Infinite Life using rigorous FEA (Finite Element Analysis) simulation testing. These computer-aided simulations, which mirror real-world manufacturing stresses, ensure the design is robust enough to handle the most taxing applications.

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Beckwood structures are modular in design, featuring tie-rod assemblies with superbolts for ultimate performance. Our post-style presses are guided by replaceable, graphite-impregnated bronze bushings and chrome-plated posts, while the most demanding applications benefit from Beckwood’s robust 4 and 8-point gib-guided systems. 

Engineered for Unprecedented Up-Time

Beckwood uses top-of-the-line, catalogued components that have been field tested in a variety of critical applications. Beckwood exclusively uses Parker industrial grade hydraulic cylinders due to their demanding quality standards and ability to precision-engineer cylinders to meet any press application. Other hydraulic components are primarily Parker or Rexroth, with the majority of electrical / control components being Allen Bradley.

Engineered into Beckwood press systems are strategic redundancies to help maximize your press up-time. For example, Beckwood presses feature redundant linear and pressure transducers. Should a pressure transducer fail, Beckwood systems automatically switch over to the backup transducer, allowing your operation to continue while you source a replacement. Our philosophy is that a critical path piece of equipment should not be made inoperable due to a relatively inexpensive individual component.  

Dynamic Technology

Beckwood presses are offered with several on-board technologies to maximize up-time, and to extend the overall life of your press.

  • On-board diagnostic systems allow for the fast targeting of machine issues, reducing troubleshooting time.
  • Included WebPort communication devices allow Beckwood service technicians and engineers to remotely log onto the press system for fast & free machine support.
  • Pre-Preventive Maintenance packages use advanced closed-loop monitoring systems to intelligently track the press’ health, sending automatic notifications to both the operator and maintenance and/or management (via email).

Unmatched American Quality

At Beckwood, we pride ourselves on our strict quality control procedures. In addition to each project being assigned a dedicated Project Manager, Beckwood conducts inter-departmental reviews which take place at several stages throughout the engineering, manufacturing and testing processes.

After machine start-up on Beckwood’s floor, each press undergoes an extensive testing procedure, including an 8-hour minimum continuous runoff during which the maximum capabilities of the press are repeatedly tested. Beckwood’s pre-ship testing procedures ensure the equipment is immediately ready to tackle your manufacturing needs following installation.  

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Beckwood's On-Board Pre-Preventive Maintenance System

Screenshot of the iCount Preventive Maintenance System Showing Particulate CountModern manufacturers must employ the latest technology in order to stay competitive in the global marketplace. One such integral technology - with the goal of eliminating unplanned downtime - is Beckwood’s On-Board Pre-Preventive Maintenance (PPM) system. 

Beckwood’s Pre-Preventive Maintenance (PPM) system uses advanced closed-loop controls to perform real-time monitoring of the press’s health, including pump efficiency, safety system status, filter status, valve performance, oil condition and more.

When the early signs of required maintenance arise, the press can intelligently pinpoint the affected component or system. The press then sends automatic notifications to the operator at the press (via on-screen alerts), and to the maintenance or management team (via email), providing information on the situation along with a recommended course of action. 

This advance notice allows customers the ability to schedule machine downtime per their manufacturing schedules and current production requirements.

Beckwood’s PPM system also manages the standard Preventive Maintenance process by keeping track of Beckwood’s recommended PM schedule. When the PM is due, the press sends reminders to the appropriate people within the organization until the proper PM tasks are confirmed as complete via the press HMI.

Speak to a Beckwood Sales Engineer to learn more about how Beckwood’s PPM systems can positively impact your organization. 

Learn how PPM helped eliminate unplanned downtime for an auto manufacturer.

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Preventive Maintenance Packages

A Beckwood Service TruckHydraulic presses that receive regular, factory performed maintenance last longer and experience less unplanned downtime. 

At Beckwood we understand the critical role our machines play in your operation, and comprehend the ripple effect associated with unplanned press downtime. That’s why we offer Factory Preventive Maintenance Packages specifically designed to help maximize your Beckwood press’ performance. These packages, performed by factory-trained Beckwood Service Technicians, can be customized to your company’s specific needs, and range from one service visit per year, to quarterly on-site visits. 

While on-site at your location, Beckwood’s Service Technician(s) will complete an inspection for signs of wear, perform factory-suggested Preventive Maintenance tasks and make formal recommendations to help minimize unplanned downtime of the Beckwood equipment, while maximizing performance.

We have a 5-point inspection program which includes, as standard, a detailed analysis and PM of your press’ Safety Systems, Structure, Hydraulic System, Electrical/Controls Systems and Overall Performance.

After each Preventive Maintenance visit, Beckwood will submit a complete inspection report (including the oil sample analysis results) and any recommended actions for improving system performance or durability.

Beckwood also offers an On-Board Pre-Preventive Maintenance System which helps to further eliminate unplanned downtime. This system sends warnings, reminders and reports to the user of the press as well as other team members such as maintenance, plant managers, or operations staff. 

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Customer Service Technology

Beckwood Presses provide cutting edge technologies dedicated to maximizing efficiency while reducing unplanned downtime.

Webport connectivity for easy service

Remote Support

Beckwood presses are available with PressLink communication modules, which allow Beckwood engineers to connect remotely with presses in the field. This facilitates offsite troubleshooting, saving everyone involved time & money. It also allows for the remote installation of program updates and facilitates operator training without the expense and time associated with on-site travel.

Real-World Example:

Within two hours of a Beckwood customer determining the addition of a non-standard button to the HMI would improve process efficiency, they were operating with that change in place. After discussing the desired change with the customer, Beckwood Controls Engineers logged into the press via PressLink and made the change remotely – saving the time and expense associated with travel while positively impacting the customer’s operation immediately.

On-Board Diagnostic Systems

Also included on many Beckwood presses are diagnostic systems which act as ‘check engine’ lights for your press. If an issue occurs, this tool can cut troubleshooting time down considerably by giving the maintenance crew real-time information. For example, the status of press inputs & outputs – which ones are working as designed and which are not – can be reviewed through the HMI with a clearly-labeled Green Light/Red Light system. This takes you right to the source of the problem so you can address it quickly and resume production. 


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Parts and Components

Online parts catalogBeckwood understands the importance of quickly and cost-effectively sourcing replacement components for critical-path equipment. Consequently, we use high-quality, cataloged components whenever possible. We also match our component part numbers to those of the original component manufacturer, making it easy for our customers to get the parts they need.

So when a replacement filter is needed, for example, it can be ordered through Beckwood, or directly from your local supplier. The choice is yours. At Beckwood Press, after all, we are in the business of manufacturing quality hydraulic presses, not profiting from the sale of replacement components.

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Customer Service Philosophy

Beckwood's Customer Service Team OnSite at Customer FacilityAt Beckwood Press, our mission is to create a lasting partnership with our clients, which includes a commitment to industry-leading customer service & technical support.

Our machines are “Made for You. Made to Last.” But because we understand our machines’ critical role in your business, we want you to have peace of mind beyond a slogan. That’s why we have assembled the best dedicated Service & Support team in our industry, with experience and availability no competitor can match. 

When you purchase a hydraulic press from Beckwood, your relationship extends well beyond implementation. Beckwood not only manufactures presses that get the job done, but of equal importance, we manufacture presses that are easy to maintain, service & support.

Decades ago, the first custom hydraulic presses Beckwood engineered and built were for our own internal use. Because we were responsible for the service & support of those first hydraulic presses, we put a considerable amount of thought into engineering systems which facilitate simple service & routine maintenance tasks. To the benefit of our customers (and our service & support team), we've held on to that perspective.

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Beckwood Press Manufactures Triform Forming Solutions

Triform Aerospace Forming EquipmentTriform presses are engineered, manufactured, sold, serviced and supported by Beckwood Press Company, from our company headquarters in St. Louis, MO USA.

The Triform family of forming equipment includes a variety of specialized manufacturing machines; and due to their unique abilities, they are frequently used in the aerospace and defense sectors.

The Triform line of presses includes a mature line of the only Made in the USA Sheet Hydroforming presses, stretch forming machines, ring expanders and joggle forming presses.

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The Steelville Story: Tool Manufacturing Time Cut in Half


steelville aluminum partSteelville Manufacturing Co., located in Steelville, Missouri, USA, is an aerospace parts supplier specializing in milling, turning, waterjet cutting and metal forming. Founded in 1959, Steelville had been using traditional forming methods for decades, as they supplied parts to OEM's including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky. These methods included press brake forming, forming with the use of solid blocks of rubber and forming with matched, male/female die sets.

Steelville Manufacturing Co. wanted a modern forming solution that would give them net shape forming capability and reduced hand-finishing work. The engineering and machining time required for the production of their traditional, male/female die sets was significant, and the new forming solution needed to reduce Steelville's investment in terms of both engineering time and machining hours.


Steelville Manufacturing's Triform 24-5BDBeckwood helped evaluate Steelville's needs and recommended a Triform Sheet Hydroforming, 5000 PSI Fluid Cell Model, which features a 24 inch forming area. The new 24-5BD Triform accommodates the vast majority of Steelville's aerospace parts, yet the machine itself is compact enough to require minimal floor space. Operation of the press is straightforward, with new operators gaining machine fluency in a matter of minutes.

The nature of the Triform process results in tool changes that literally take seconds, and the tooling cost itself is greatly decreased over traditional forming processes due to the flexible bladder acting as a universal die half.


3D part with poured epoxy fillerWithin the first two weeks of having the 24-5BD press on their floor, Steelville has already transferred more than 10 parts to the Triform.

The press has also allowed them to utilize another modern manufacturing process for the creation of formed aerospace parts: 3D printing. Steelville had been an early adopter to the application of 3D printed tools for use within the metal forming process. By using additive manufactured tools, in combination with the Triform Sheet Hydroforming press, Steelville can bypass their machining centers all-together. This collaboration has dramatically shortened the turnaround time for new part production, while driving down Steelville's overall cost per part.

"We had been forming parts for years which we now know were tailor-made for the Triform," said Joseph Dust, Steelville engineer in charge of the Triform's implementation. "The addition of the 24-5BD definitely makes forming those parts much easier. With the Triform, the overall time required for the completion of our tools has been cut in half," he added.

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Beckwood Hydraulic Press Solutions

Beckwood manufactures hydraulic presses and machinery for more industries and applications than any other press builder in the world. If you need it, we have built it or can build it.

Nearly a half a century of engineering and manufacturing experience across dozens of industries and applications goes into every press we build.  No press is too big, too small, too simple or too abstract.

For your convenience we have compiled a catalog of some of the presses we have built which can be searched in a few different ways.  Click one of the links below to get started.    




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Osmundson's 150 Ton, 5-Post, Dual-Ram Press


Picture of the Dual RamOsmundson Manufacturing Company is a leading manufacturer of tillage tools in the agricultural industry, and the only U.S.manufacturer of disc, seeder and coulter blades. They have been in business for over 110 years and accredit that tenure to innovation and ability to uniquely serve their customers.

As a leader in the industry they export their parts across the world and increased demand uncovered the need to find a new hydraulic press that would allow them to increase production, decrease steps in their overall process and reduce waste. 


They contacted Beckwood Press and together they created a one of a kind 150 Ton, 5-Post, Dual-Ram Press with the ability to fixture quench the forged part while inside the press. Previously, parts were formed then placed in a quenching tank – which would often cause warping and required an extra round of quality checks and increased scrap rates. The newly designed press allows the part to be quenched as it is being formed – eliminating the individual quenching step, additional quality check, and scrap due to warping.

The press also features multiple valve configurations, three press speeds, and programmable tonnage control.


When asked about the press Doug Bruce, President and Owner, said “The size and configuration of the press requires less steps and less motion from the operators. The machine’s small size means an operator doesn't have to reach far to run both sides of the press. It’s been a nice upswing for us.” He also said “The ability to form and fixture-quench the part at the same time has eliminated three steps from our production cycle.”

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Piper Aircraft's Sheet Hydroforming Press


Operator forming parts in the Piper MachinePiper Aircraft, Inc., located in Vero Beach, FL manufactures general aviation aircraft. Founded in the 1920’s they have been using pad forming and sheet hydroforming for decades. The Piper team’s large-format, tray-style hydroforming press was associated with expensive bladder changes that could literally take weeks to complete.

Piper wanted a hydroforming press that could handle a significant percentage of their part-forming requirements while allowing for fast, inexpensive bladder changes that maximized up-time.


Beckwood helped evaluate Piper’s needs and recommended a Triform Sheet Hydroforming, 5000 PSI Fluid Cell Model, which features a 16 inch forming area. The new 16-5BD Triform allows for significantly decreased bladder changes – which take less than 30 minutes to complete at a fraction of the cost compared to Piper’s original hydroforming press.

The Triform also increased throughput, as their cycle time dropped from 90 seconds on the tray-style press to just 15 seconds on the more nimble Triform 16-5BD. Plus, tool changes on the smaller-format Triform are considerably less cumbersome than those performed on the larger machine.


Piper has transitioned over 500 parts from its line, approximately 20% of the overall production, to the new press. These parts are now formed faster on the Triform, and the life of their aging tray-style machine can be extended due to the workload sharing.

“We typically produce 10 to 30 parts per setup, then change tooling,” says James Priest, lead press operator. “We might change tools 15 times or more per shift. Tool changes literally take seconds. Conversely, changing tools on our larger hydroforming presses can take 30 min. or more.”

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Aerosud's Press Lowers Production Costs by 25%


Aerosud Holdings Pty., a manufacturer of wing components for commercial airliners located in Pretoria, South Africa, was experiencing a bottleneck in the production of aluminum canisters for the Airbus A320. The company’s traditional forming operations required 6 annealing steps to draw a 4.50" diameter canister 6.50" deep. Excessive thinning in the process — which resulted in high scrap rates — required a starting sheet thickness of .080". In addition, the high number of anneals affected the quality of the welding in the final assembly and made it difficult to meet demanding delivery schedules.

By moving production to a Triform Sheet Hydroforming Deep Draw press, manufactured by Beckwood Press Company, the canisters are now drawn consistently without having to go through the annealing processes. Plus, the steady, uniform pressure of the Triform press greatly reduced material thinning to only 10%, allowing the blank thickness to be reduced from a .080" sheet to a .063" sheet, offering significant material cost savings.

Thanks to Aerosud’s new 16-10-7BD Triform press, part production costs have been lowered by 25%, scrap rates have been reduced to less than 1%, weld quality has been greatly improved and the overall appearance of the final parts has been significantly enhanced. Aerosud’s Director of Technology, Dr. Deon Labuschagne states, “With the success we have had with the Triform press on the A320 program, Aerosud is now working on the design for the Airbus A350 Slat Track Cans using the Triform press.”

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Ducommun AeroStructures 75 Ton Hot Forming Press


Click to get the full articleDucommun AeroStructures engineers and manufactures contoured aerostructure components for commercial aircraft, regional and business jet aircraft, military aircraft, helicopters, and space launch vehicles.  Ducommun employs many unique processes for manufacturing molded composite parts and strong metal alloys such as titanium.

The hot forming press previously in-use at Ducommun was aging, and their work-load was growing. Ducommun hoped to find a new press that could efficiently handle the high temperatures associated with titanium forming, while maintaining energy efficiency and minimizing process waste.


Beckwood Press helped analyze Ducommun’s need and manufactured a 75 Ton Hot Forming Press capable of temperatures up to 1600°F. The heated platens used in this press provide multiple zones of temperature control for ultimate temperature uniformity – which is critical to Ducommun's titanium forming operation. Adding to the uniformity gained by the multiple zone heat control, the press is outfitted with an automatic, insulated door system which helps maximize heat efficiency by isolating the work area during forming.

The press also uses four-corner Active Leveling Control (ALC) which maintains precision bed-to-ram parallelism despite tool warpage or off-center loading.  Variable ram speed control, WebPort communications for remote troubleshooting and a programmable control system with recipe functionality all add to the machine's flexibility, allowing Ducommun to more efficiently form their current and future family of parts.


The technology in this new hot forming press gives Ducommun several process advantages over their previous operation. When asked how this machine has impacted Ducommun AeroStructures, Joshua Frank, Manufacturing Engineer, stated “Our new 1600°F hot forming press allows for increased versatility and capacity.”

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Meggitt Safety Systems' 500 Ton Hydraulic Press Is a Complete Forming Solution - Beckwood Press Company


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Meggitt Safety Systems' 500 Ton Hydraulic Press Is a Complete Forming Solution


Meggitt Press with formed partsCalifornia-based Meggitt Safety Systems, manufactures fire protection equipment, safety apparatuses, and other heat related sensors for the aerospace industry. While Meggitt’s product lines underwent a continual process of advancement, their aging 1963 hydraulic press was stuck in a bygone era. A modern press was needed that could offer more precise control of the cycle parameters, the ability to create and store part “recipes,” and which was designed with energy-efficiency in mind. 


Beckwood Press helped analyze Meggitt’s needs and developed a custom 500 Ton, 36” x 36” deep draw hydraulic press. This made-to-order press from Beckwood not only met all of the needs above but offered a programmable bed cushion providing dynamic control through four different zones of travel.  It also offered an intuitive HMI that makes using the machine a breeze. 

With Meggitt’s business constantly expanding, reliability was paramount. Beckwood incorporated several uptime-focused features such as an on-board diagnostics & press health monitoring system and a WebPort connectivity device which allows Beckwood engineers to remotely connect to the press for the installation of program updates and troubleshooting assistance.  


Meggitt is now using their new Beckwood press to take on their entire deep-drawn family of parts. With the increased capabilities offered by their Beckwood press, Meggitt’s deep drawing capabilities are no longer a concern as they push their product lines into the future. When asked how the increased capability & flexibility of the press has affected Meggitt’s business, John Krochmal commented “This is not just a hydraulic press, it is a complete forming solution.”

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Client Success Stories

To demonstrate how our experience can help solve the manufacturing challenges you face, we have listed a few success stories below, in which our customers discuss how their Beckwood and Triform presses have shaped their manufacturing operations.

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Composite Forming Press for LightweightingOak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), uses a Beckwood compression molding press for composites forming research for the lightweighting efforts of the automotive and aerospace industries  Read more...



Manufacturing the FutureBeckwood and Triform have been helping aerospace customers increase production, maximize efficiency and eliminate unplanned downtime for decades. Read about some of our greatest successes in the new aerospace-focused e-magazineManufacturing the Future.  Read more...


Milford Fabricating 400-ton rubber pad pressSikorsky Parts Supplier Improves Production Time by 20%.  Milford Fabricating was able to increase production and reduce costs by nearly 20% with a Beckwood Rubber Pad press.  Read more...




Sheet hydroforming presses, stretch forming press, joggle forming presses

Seven Press Package Helps Aerospace Manufacturer Minimize Sub-Tier Supplier Issues and Maximize Manufacturing Flexibility.  The client is expecting to take on new projects they were not equipped to handle and to turn around long standing jobs quicker with better profit margins.  Read more...



165 Ton Hydraulic Trim Press with Pre-Preventive Maintenance

Pre-Preventive Maintenance Technology Derails Downtime. The installed press system is operating with closed-loop monitoring of key systems, and built-in component redundancies. Beckwood’s integrated PPM technology scrutinizes the machine’s operation, analyzes the data, and sends critical updates.  Read more...



Steelville Open Triform Press

Compact Triform Offers Powerful Forming Capability and Tool Savings. “Now we can bypass the manufacture of matched, male/female tooling,” said Joseph Dust of Steelville Manufacturing.  Read more...



Meggitt Press

Deep Draw Hydraulic Press “Extinguishes” Waste. “This is more than a hydraulic press, it is a complete forming solution,” said John Krochmal of Meggitt Safety Systems.  Read more...




Ducommun Press

Titanium Hot Forming Press Adds Capability. Joshua Frank of Ducommun AeroStructures said “Our new 1600°F Hot Forming Press allows for increased versatility and capacity.” Read more... 



Osmundson's Press

Multi-Ram Forging Press Consolidates Manufacturing Processes.  Doug Bruce of Osmundson Mfg. Co. said "Equipment like the five-post, dual-ram press...has eliminated three steps from our production cycle." Read more...



Piper Press

Sheet Hydroforming Press Decreases Cycle Time. "Our new press is faster, more flexible and more productive than our other hydroform presses,” claims Chris See of Piper Aircraft, Inc. Read More...




Aerosud Parts

Press Eliminates Annealing, Lowers Production Cost. Aerosud’s Director of Technology, Dr. Deon Labuschagne states, “With the success we have had with the hydroforming press on the A320 program, Aerosud is now working on the design for the Airbus A350 Slat Track Cans using the press.” Read more...


Check back often, as we’ll be continually sharing more stories. You can also check out some stories from our archive and a few testimonials here.

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Financing Options

Beckwood offers financing optionsAt Beckwood, we’re manufacturers, like you. Not bankers. It is this shared experience that allows us to understand the financial realities of manufacturing operations so well.

Financing large equipment purchases can allow you to preserve your funds for other more immediate payables like payroll, raw materials or unexpected emergencies. Financing your equipment sometimes offers more flexibility in your cash flow so you can rest easier, and can also provide significant tax advantages.

Though we are not bankers, we do have a lot of experience with bankers and have selected a few choice partners with exclusive experience facilitating capital equipment purchases. Whether you need to finance a portion of the project, or an entire manufacturing line, we have a partner with the right options for you.

Let us know you are interested in learning more about our financing options and we’ll reply quickly with the information you need. You can even pick up the phone and call us directly if you would like to discuss more. 636.680.5891

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SSD Variable Frequency Drives

Beckwood custom hydraulic press systems can be integrated with Parker Hannifin’s SSD Variable Frequency Drive Technology, which provides greater benefits when compared to hydraulic press systems outfitted with traditional variable frequency drives. 

In addition to increased energy efficiency, Beckwood presses outfitted with Parker’s SSD Drives feature simplified hydraulic systems, programmable speed control and pump efficiency monitoring.

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A primary benefit to Beckwood presses integrated with SSD Technology, is dramatically increased energy efficiency.  This savings is available due to a hydraulic circuit which draws energy ‘on demand’ as opposed to the constant demand associated with traditional hydraulic circuits.  

Using prospective customers' press specifications, cycle profile & frequency information, and local energy rates for the installation site, an analysis can be conducted which offers a clear comparison between the SSD systems and those which feature a traditional hydraulic design, including a payback schedule.

Reduced Maintenance Requirements

An additional operational and maintenance benefit associated with Beckwood hydraulic presses equipped with SSD Drives is the elimination of complicated and inefficient Servo & Proportional valves, while maintaining a high degree of performance & control over the press cycle, including programmable ram speed.

Servo & Proportional valves are intolerant of contamination, are expensive to repair/replace and incur significant energy loss as the energy is transferred into heat from the pressure drops of oil across the spools.  Filtration, oil conditioning and maintenance requirements are also reduced.  Pressure filters required by Servo/Proportional valves can be eliminated and fluid cleanliness requirements can be significantly relaxed when going from Servo/Proportional systems to those featuring SSD Technology.

SSD Technology also allows the user to monitor pump efficiency directly through the HMI.  Signs of decreased efficiency and premature pump wear can be detected early, aiding in the prevention of unexpected pump failures and unscheduled downtime. This pump performance monitoring, in addition to Beckwood's On-Board Particle Detectors, contribute to Beckwood's 'Pre-Preventive Maintenance' initiatives, with the end-goal of eliminating unscheduled downtime.

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Press Safety

Beckwood is known for engineering & manufacturing hydraulic presses to the specific needs of their customers. This ability to customize includes press safety devices & systems. From a press which simply provides terminals for the connection of customer-provided safety devices, to one that, from the Beckwood factory, meets the higher-level safety requirements of North America (ANSI Hydraulic Power Press Safety Standard B11.2) and Canada (Canadian Safety Standard Z 142.02), Beckwood can engineer the press to conform to the safety standards of your specific organization.  



Safety First

Every custom press manufactured by Beckwood conforms to the United State’s OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Association) standards and includes redundant solenoids to control hazardous motion of the ram. Parker “Style 55” safety couplers for hydraulic cylinder-to-ram attachment are included, as are terminals on the main control panel for the connection of safety devices such as safety gates & light curtains.


Beckwood customers requiring a higher degree of safety can choose from the following options, which Beckwood will integrate into the press design:

  • Ram Safety Catcher System (RSCS):

The RSCS holds the ram in any position of the stroke and is designed for the static load of the ram and tooling. The RSCS is monitored via a safety PLC to ensure proper functionality. A typical RSCS brand used by Beckwood is SITEMA.

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A safety PLC is provided to monitor the performance of safety monitored valves and the RSCS, if applicable.

  • Light Cutrain:

A strip light transmitter and receiver are provided to guard the desired opening of the press without the use ofphysical obstructions, such as hard mesh guards. The transmitter sends a beam of light to the receiver either directly or by bouncing the light off mirrors for multi-sided access. When this ‘curtain’ of light is broken by an operator’s hand or other obstruction, the downward movement of the press stops and the ram retracts to the home position. Light curtains keep the point-of-operation free for loading and unloading while ensuring continued operator safety.

Presence Sensing Device Initiation (PSDI) is also available. PSDI affords the ability to use the removal of the operator’s hands from the curtain to automatically signal the next cycle. This increases throughput, prevents the operator from having to manually cycle the press, and ensures safety is maintained. PSDI can be set up for single break or double break depending on the customer’s specific requirements.

  • Physical Guards:

A variety of physical guards can be integrated into the press design to prevent access to the point-of-operation. These guards feature safety interlocks to ensure they are in place during press operation. Typical physical guards provided by Beckwood feature a metal-mesh material to maintain some degree of visibility with the working area. Other options include a variety of Plexiglas guards which provide a physical barrier without sacrificing visibility.

These can be offered as fixed guards, as doors with hinges, or as vertically sliding gates which open through a powered mechanism or via a counterbalance system.


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Beckwood Hot Forming Technologies

Beckwood's Compression MoldingHot Forming Presses/SPF, and hot sizing presses are designed to meet the needs of each individual customer's application. Press size, tonnage, cycle parameters, heat specifications, and the level of control sophistication are all designed to maximize the customer's manufacturing process. 

Control options include job storage & recipe handling capability. Operators have the ability to program and save pressure & position values, temperature specifications including controlled ramp-up and cool-down rates, desired dwell time and bump sequences for the timed release of gases which can build up during the thermoforming process.

Temperature accuracy can be controlled with a basic single-zone controller or a more accurate multiple zone system for increased temperature uniformity across the bed and ram.

Additional heated platen press features offered by Beckwood include:

  • Automatic, insulated door systems which facilitate loading/unloading while maintaining heat efficiency.
  • Pneumatic dwell systems which allow the primary electrical motor and pump to be turned off during the dwell portion of the cycle, significantly lowering energy consumption.
  • Multiple stacked platens, for increased productivity.
  • Active Leveling Control, which utilizes closed-loop control of each ram corner in order to keep the bed and ram parallel throughout the press cycle.
  • Data collection systems for capturing customer-defined cycle data for storage within the press' control system or on an external storage device or network. 

Forming Metals and Composites

Many components traditionally fabricated from metals are now being made from composites. Compression molding is a method for molding this type of material, often using controlled temperatures to cure the material while under pressure. The material can be placed within a pre-heated mold cavity before it is closed between the temperature-controlled platens - which can act as the primary heat source or as a supplement to heated molds. Once closed, temperature and pressure can be precisely controlled until the material is properly cured. 

Compression molding is the main process for thermoset resins in a partially cured stage. It is a high-pressure process for molding complex, high-strength fiberglass reinforcements, among many other composite materials. Advanced composite thermoplastics can also be compression molded, resulting in fewer knit lines and less fiber-length degradation than injection molding.

A large majority of compression molding applications require large bed sizes but comparatively low tonnage. Beckwood's ability to offer custom hydraulic press designs ensures that the customer purchases only the press capacity and specifications they require, versus settling for a standard press which comes 'close' to their required specifications.

Multiple Heating Methods

Several heating methods are available which vary according to the customer's application requirements. These methods include: electric heating rods, steam/hot water, or hot oil. The optimal choice is contingent upon each customer's specific application requirements. 

Electric Heating Rods

  • Fast heat-up/recovery times.
  • Operating temperatures up to ~2000°F dependent on press insulation space.
  • Single or variable watt heaters available.
  • Beckwood's Versa-Zone Controller Technology provides independent control of multiple temperature zones per platen for greater temperature uniformity.

Steam/Hot Water Systems

  • Accurate heating (+/- 5°F) to a maximum temperature of ~400°F.
  • Serpentine cooling circuits available with adjustable water valving for cooling following the heat cycle.
  • Corrosion prevention features reduce expedited corrosion due to environmental conditions. 

Hot Oil Systems

  • Comparable temperature distribution accuracy to Steam/Hot Water systems (+/- 5°F), with an increased maximum operating temperature of

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Preventive Maintenance for your Hydraulic Press

1. Follow the prescribed preventive-maintenance schedule supplied with your press. Different presses with varying capabilities require special maintenance. While most hydraulic presses share the same core needs for maintenance, start by following the specific schedule supplied in your machine manual.

2. Check hydraulic lines and fittings regularly for leaks. Small leaks can lead to large problems and large messes. If a leak is detected, tighten or replace the hose or fitting and then monitor the correction.

3. Check for proper oil level and operating temperature. Improper oil levels can lead to pump inefficiency due to cavitation, where air enters the liquid being pumped. Oil that runs too hot can lead to premature breakdown. Monitoring oil temperature also serves as a warning that some circuit components may not be performing adequately. Press systems traditionally running cool and then suddenly changing to run hot, may have a failing component that is passing oil and detracting from efficiency, not to mention adding heat to the system.

4. Ensure oil cleanliness. Contaminated oil can cause complete system failure and significant damage, and lead to extended downtime. Many basic hydraulic systems can run with simple return-line filtration circuits using 10-micron filters. Higher-performance systems utilizing proportional or servo valves will require more advanced or cleaner filtration (perhaps 6-micron filters) and the use of in-line pressure and return-line filters. The type of system and required cleanliness should be specified by the manufacturer. Periodic oil sampling is suggested, and can be analyzed by a third party or dedicated oil-testing service. Often, a local hydraulic-component distributor can perform this duty or suggest a reliable company.

5. Mind the fasteners. Whether the press is of all-welded construction or is a tie-rod model, it relies on numerous nuts and bolts for proper operation. Monitor cylinder attachment monthly. Once the bolts have been checked to the proper torque, baseline marks can serve as at-a-glance indicators for future monitoring. Many presses carry marks on all attachment bolts when the bolts have been certified to the proper torque. Also, monitor bolster-plate fasteners and tie-rod pre-tensioning nuts.

Light Curtain Test Custom Beckwood Hydraulic Press6. Monitor the safety system on a daily basis. Press systems with light curtains, gate interlocks, safety mats, etc., should be tested prior to operation. If a safety device has been found defective or unreliable, lockout the press and perform needed service immediately. Also, test the E-stop safety circuit daily.

7. Record press data. Data logging, though not often used, is one of the best tools for monitoring press-system performance. Recording items such as operating pressures during rapid-advance, pressing and rapid-retract portions of the press cycle can provide valuable data as to press-system efficiency. Your equipment manufacturer should capture this data during equipment testing and report it to you. Ideally, record this data when the press is commissioned and refer back to it periodically. If you start to see increases in operational pressures, components may have begun to fail or are performing below optimum levels.

8. Be proactive in replacing press components. Most presses are constructed of several hydraulic components either from a single manufacturer or from multiple companies. Each manufacturer has an expected service life for each component. Replacing components proactively before a failure saves unexpected downtime and costly repairs. A hydraulic component can fail and introduce contamination into a hydraulic system--especially true for pumps. It is far easier and less costly to change out components on a regular basis than to wait for a component to fail and possibly contaminate the system.

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Importance of Oil Cleanliness

Few preventive measures are so clear-cut with regard to their direct impact on a hydraulic system's uptime, as oil cleanliness. Contaminated oil leads to extended downtime at best, and major system failure if corrective actions are not taken.

Many basic hydraulic systems can run efficiently with simple return-line filtration circuits which utilize 10-micron filters. Higher performance systems utilizing proportional or servo valves will require more advanced filtration systems along with the use of in-line pressure and return-line filters. The type of system and required cleanliness should be specified by the manufacturer, and specific information on preventive maintenance, included in the press' manual documentation, should be followed closely in order to maximize uptime.

Oil Sample Analysis

Taking oil samples for analysis by a reputable lab is an excellent proactive tool for ensuring a systems oil condition is favorable for the prevention of downtime and component failure. Sample kits are available from a number of sources including your oil supplier, your local hydraulic filter distributor or your hydraulic press manufacturer. In most cases, the kits simply consist of a plastic bottle which is used to ship your fluid for analysis. And the cost of the kit regularly includes the cost of the analysis.

A sample analysis report should provide the following information regarding the condition of the oil:

  • Particle Levels: ISO codes for the level of particulate found in the oil will be provided. This ISO code should be reviewed against the type of components used on the press system to ensure the oil is clean enough for the most sensetive components. The particulate levels become extremely important in servo or proportional valve systems, but more basic systems are negatively impacted by particulates as well.  
  • Water Content: Perhaps more damaging than particulates, high water content can accelerate the effects of particulates through corrosion. Most pumps use the hydraulic fluid in the system to lubricate bearings. Traditionally, just .05% water content is enough to reduce bearing life by 50%, according to a study by Timken Bearing. Oil sample analyses identify actual water content within the system, allowing for corrective measures to be taken before major damage is incurred.   
  • Particulate Content: Quality sample reports will also offer details on the particulates' make-up. If given the brand and type of fluid in the system, the analysis can compare the wear metal additives of the oil to a base-line sample from the oil manufacturer. In addition to ensuring the condition of the oil additives, the particulate make-up can offer insight on which components might be showing signs of excessive wear.


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In addition to Oil Sample Analysis kits, alternative, higher-technologies are available for the prevention of issues caused by contaminated oil. One such technology offered by Beckwood is the 'Heartbeat' Online Fluid Health Monitor. This Heartbeat system, which offers 'Pre-Preventive Maintenance,' can be integrated into Beckwood's control system to facilitate constant fluid health monitoring.  

Particulate count, water content and fluid temperature are actively monitored through the Heartbeat system. The measurements taken are automatically referenced against a database of factory pre-sets, allowing for early-warning alerts to be generated when any aspect of the fluid health becomes unacceptable. Systems can even be set to generate automatic email notifications, alerting facility maintenance or management personnel when fluid health begins to deteriorate, allowing for machine service to be scheduled in advance, thereby minimizing unplanned downtime.      


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Active Leveling Control

Active Leveling Control Technology with Hydraulic Presses

In an attempt to offset decreasing margins and increased competition, today's manufacturers are driven to consolidate processes, minimize operator error and reduce material scrap. In order to thrive in these conditions, manufacturers must push for a greater emphasis in technology.   The hydraulic press market has grown with these challenging demands. One of the most popular advances is the utilization of Active Leveling Control.  This technology counteracts the negative effects of off-center loading, significant breakthrough shock with high strength steels and reverse shock loading associated with the use of nitrogen in dies.

1. What is Active Leveling Control?Activel Leveling Control Calibration Screen Custom Beckwood Hydraulic Press
Active Leveling Control (ALC) is a technologically advanced system that utilizes closed loop control for each corner of the press ram, keeping the press ram in parallel and reducing shock. Presses equipped with ALC utilize a high speed motion controller, linear transducers and proportional valves to synchronize the press actuators. The 32-bit multi-axis high-speed motion controller provides less than 1 msec control loop time

Active Leveling control for bed-to-ram parallelism is offered in either 2 or 4 axis depending on the application. Two-axis control provides either left to right, or front to rear parallelism.  For users requiring both left to right and front to rear parallelism, four-axis control is recommended.

2. How does Active Leveling Control benefit off-center loading?
Off-Center loading can be caused by many issues.  While Off-Center loading may be beneficial, or needed in the manufacturing process, it can cause unwanted issues to arise within the press, dies and overall application. Poor part quality & inconsistency, premature tool wear, and detrimental stress on the press structure are all likely to occur if the press has not been properly designed to handle an unbalanced load. 

Hydraulic Presses with Active Leveling Control Custom Hydraulic Presses BeckwoodThe most common cause of off-center loading is due to the geometry of the part formed not being conducive to an even load.  Many applications do not form evenly over the press bed and can wreak havoc on a press or tooling.  Other difficult Off-Center Loading processes many include progressive dies and the desire to consolidate multiple operations (and multiple dies) into a single machine.  In addition, many presses can be improperly loaded due to operator error, creating additional alignment problems.  This can especially be a problem for presses with big beds and/or small tooling. 

A properly engineered Active Leveling Control system will provide many capabilities to counteract the negative effects of off-center loading.  This improvement supplies protection for the press structure and tooling while decreasing maintenance costs.  Many processes that historically could not be unified in one press are now being efficiently combined and properly executed with the integration of the ALC system.  This feature enables companies to displace multiple presses and save valuable floor space, which in turn reduces labor costs and creates room for more capacity.  The ALC technology is paralleled by servo mechanical presses but offers more flexibility at a significantly reduced price.

3. How does Active Leveling Control decrease the effects of breakthrough shock?
Challenging issues often arise in blanking of advanced high-strength steels, causing tremendous breakthrough shock.  In these instances, the high-speed controller senses the acceleration of the ram during breakthrough and adjusts the axis control valves to restrain the ram all while remaining parallel. This greatly reduces the effects of the breakthrough shock in challenging applications and improves the life of the press and die.

4. How can Active Leveling Control be engineered to handle reverse shock loading?
Beckwood's Active Leveling Control system also features a unique solution for dies with nitrogen springs.  Nitrogen springs, although sometimes critical to the die, can cause issues that need to be compensated for in the press system. Nitrogen is typically engineered into dies for blank holding, shock control or compensation for load distribution. Traditional springs are dynamic and offer resistance to compression and constant extension force. New and much more expensive nitrogen systems can be engineered with dampening controls to minimize the affects of extension forces once compressed.

In traditional applications, as the press retracts, the up acting force from the Nitrogen springs can cause reverse loading shock in the press. In many applications nitrogen springs are used to balance off-center loads.  While this works well in the down motion of the press ram, it can wreak havoc in the retract motion of the ram. 

Beckwood's ALC system goes beyond controlling just the down or extend portion of the press cycle and controls the retract portion of the press cycle.  The controlled retraction maintains bed to ram parallelism in unbalanced nitrogen systems and allows for smoother decompression by utilizing programmable distance on the upstroke.  Once the ram has retracted past the nitrogen stroke, it can be placed safely into a traditional open loop fast-retract mode.

5. Summary
As hydraulic design technology advances, manufacturers will be presented with new capabilities to increase the efficiency of their production processes.  Active Leveling Control can be integrated into a new hydraulic press to increase part quality, reduced die wear, and reduce complex setup time.  This system provides the ideal solution for manufacturers who need to counteract the effects off-center loading, significant breakthrough shock, and reverse shock loading situations.

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  1. Pressing for a Better Hybrid
  2. Hydraulic Presses: Changing the Way We Utilize technology
  3. Spotlight on Customized Hydraulic Presses
  4. Hydraulic Press Propels Tube-Forming Productivity
  5. Metalworking Ages Gracefully
  6. Client Testimonial

1. Pressing for a Better Hybrid

Beckwood's Accu-Flex mixes electrical, hydraulic technologies

By Lincoln Brunner, Contributing Editor, FF Journal

As Seen in FF Journal, March 2006

Mixing features of servo and hydraulic press technology make Jeff Debus an alchemist of sorts. Getting engineers from both fields to understand one another in the process just might make him a miracle worker.

Labels aside, what Debus and his team at Beckwood Press Co. have come up with is an inexpensive way for small to medium-sized shops to use the best of both technologies in a maintenance-friendly format. Debus, Beckwood's vice president, says that the idea was to take advantage of wide-spread servo-motion technology-particularly vector drives, or VFD's and combine it with hydraulic actuators in a package that is far less costly than a true servo-hydraulic press.

Servo-hydraulics are expensive,Debus says. Their maintenance costs, their up-front costs and their complexity are all high. In response to that cost-versus-need problem, Beckwood wanted to answer the question, How can we do this more effectively and more efficiently for our customers?

The answer was the Accu-Flex press. Beckwood offers the Accu-Flex in tonnages ranging from 15 tons to 150 tons. That sweet spot marks the range where a ball screw machine can't keep up with the tonnage and a true servo-hydraulic can't compete with the prices. We're a customer press builder, so if somebody comes in and says they want a 300-ton version, we'll take a look at it, Debus says. You start to get to a certain point where your power-drive costs put you into a place where the servo-hydraulic price starts to match. Then you would go to a more traditional route.

Beckwood Custom Hydraulic PressAccu-Flex users can choose between position control with force override or the inverse, depending on whether precision force or position is more important for the application at hand. The system uses an Allen-Bradley VersaView interface and is completely programmable: Force, approach speed, distance and dwell time all can be changed instantly. There's no parameter in the cycle that you cannot program, Debus says. In addition, the control system provides real-time trending that allows users to plot process variables, such as position or pressure, and observe how they interact. An operator can store those scenarios and download them via Ethernet either to a computer database or a printer. For industries with strict certification requirements, such as aerospace, those capabilities provide the kind of traceability a shop needs.

The system also has built-in go/no-go gauges that can be programmed to accept or reject parts based on certain parameters that a user knows are needed to produce a part correctly. For instance, Debus says, if you know you need 6 tons of pressure to insert a rod into a bushing 3 in., the system will reject parts if the machine happened to use, say, 5 tons or 7 tons. It's all programming, Debus says. If it deviates from what you told it to do, it'll tell you.

It's really easy to tweak and change; you can change it on the fly, he says. When you change parameters, the parameter curve will actually change dynamically to match what you programmed.

The Accu-Flex has been on the market for less than a year. The blend of technologies might be easy to use, but getting the right mix engineered properly wasn't exactly automatic. Beckwood essentially had to bring two disciplines together that don't necessarily intersect in the real world. "When we would say force control, the hydraulic guy completely understood; the servo guy had no idea what we were talking about, Debus recalls with a laugh. Because in servo-motion, you are dealing with velocity and torque. In hydraulics, you're dealing with pressure and flow. So we had to work to integrate and blend those two technologies together so that they understood what each one correlated to. At the end of the day, they were all looking at each other saying, We get it! We understand. This is great. All the lights were coming on."

The result is a press that is highly applicable for R&D, production and assembly, provided you don't need mechanical press speeds, and you're in that traditional hydraulic press speed application, Debus says.

For more information on this product line, please see Beckwood's article in the March 2006 edition of FF Journal by selecting this link (or contact us for a free issue).

2. Hydraulic Presses: Changing the Way We Utilize Technology

Case History of Manufacturing Problem Solving

As Seen in Manufacturing Engineering, November 2005

Beckwood Custom Hydraulic PressFor The Boeing Company, a continual search for new technology has kept them thriving in the aerospace industry for almost 100 years. Through their many research facilities and manufacturing plants, they are able to stay ahead of the technology curve. Boeing Canada Technology in Winnipeg is an important composite manufacturing center for The Boeing Company, and the applied technology they develop is utilized to expand the horizons of worldwide flight. They have teamed up with the Beckwood Press Company to develop a customized press to reduce costs for their current product, and develop new parts for Boeing'­s cutting edge passenger plane technology.

Opening in 1971, Boeing Winnipeg began with 50 employees at their facility and has grown to be the largest aerospace composite manufacturer in Canada. The company has expanded to 940 employees with a manufacturing plant that covers roughly 600,000 square feet. Boeing Winnipeg designs, develops and fabricates complex composite structures and sub-assemblies for aerospace customers. They specialize in Wing to Body Fairings, Engine Strut Fairings, Thrust Reverser Blocker Doors as well as additional complex composites including Nacelle Chines, Landing Gear Doors and High Performance Ducts.

The Boeing Company is constantly developing new technologies to reduce cost and weight of their products. Often, the Winnipeg Division looks to replace components that were historically fabricated from metals, and substitutes them with cutting edge composites. In a recent application, Boeing Winnipeg needed a state of the art press to manufacture reinforced thermoplastic laminate (RTL) components. This was a new technology for this plant, and they needed a single responsible hydraulic press partner to work with the automation and integration of the production process. The flexibility of design was extremely important as we had to integrate a specialized, Winnipeg built, pre-heat oven with the press. We needed a Company that was willing to work with us on the integration with a tight timeline said Mark Shead, a leading Boeing Engineering Specialist.

This customized hydraulic press needed to be developed by a press manufacturer who would be flexible with their production, and work hand in hand with the Boeing Winnipeg engineers to integrate the product. They were looking for someone with experience in value engineered designs that would build a relationship with them while meeting their needs with reliability and durability.

Boeing found a press company who was application competent and able to work with their engineers to develop the project. Beckwood Press was chosen as they offered the best value and could meet our (Boeing Canada Technology Winnipeg) tight timelines. They were also willing to integrate the press and control system with the custom pre-heat processing oven that was being built here, said Shead.

The confluence of this relationship was a 230 ton capacity hydraulic press that utilizes an up-acting design with a highly precise 32 x 44 heated platens. Beckwood was able to combine a variety of engineering specifications from their experiences with different types of applications to create a press with a high level of control over position and speed. Hydraulic presses have evolved over the years and have made great advancements in controls and flexibility says Jeffrey Debus, Vice President of Beckwood Press Company. We utilize our own standard and proven designs from our vast experiences in a multitude of industries, to tailor the perfect press for each customer. Boeing was an interesting project for us, as it required many different performance criteria that we satisfied through previous systems that have been proven out over the years.

Feedback for the aforementioned position and speed is controlled through independent zones with linear and pressure transducers that work with an Allen Bradley control system for critical precision. The speed is variable throughout the stroke and the press is equipped for a variable dwell under pressure. Beckwood integrated the compression molding press with a pre heat oven and shuttle mechanism that moves the piece seamlessly through the press. The parts are heated with tight temperature control and a precision heated platen with a maximum heating temperature of 450o. The press was efficiently engineered with a 22 stroke and remote power.

The new press is currently being utilized for the fabrication of Boeing 737 and 777 slat track flex tabs, but the potential for future applications is where the excitement begins. This new manufacturing process will be expanding to larger and more complex applications over time.

RTL applications include flight hardware on the new 787, which will have almost 40% more composite materials than the 777. Lighter and faster than traditional planes, this new aircraft will have unsurpassed fuel economy for a cleaner environment. According to Boeing, the plane will have 20% more fuel efficiency and 20% fewer emissions than similar sized planes. The top speed of this airplane is the fastest in its class (.85 mach) and it can travel 8500 miles from point to point. The plane is designed with the passenger in mind, as the windows and cargo area have been expanded, and it has the potential to enable live e-mail and Internet for every passenger. Boeing has already accepted proposals from 20 airlines and expects to demand for this type of airplane to be over 3,500 units over the next 20 years. Major production of the new 787 airplane begins in 2006, first flight is scheduled for 2007, and the first delivery will be in 2008.

Through the entire process, the project has run smoothly and Boeing has been satisfied with the end product. Beckwood rigorously tests their equipment, and after putting the press in production, Boeing was able to accomplish their goals and they have had their expectations exceeded. The staff at Beckwood were very quick to respond (with the project) as our requirements and needs changed during the program. The most impressive aspect of the press is its reliability. It has been in production for over a year and we have had no break downs, said Shead.

Beckwood Press Company is a leading hydraulic press manufacturer located in St. Louis, MO. They utilize standard hydraulic press designs that are tailored to their customer's specific applications. Beckwood manufactures presses for a multitude of industries, from 2-2000+ tons, and they specialize in creating cost effective solutions for unique applications. Boeing and Beckwood forged a partnership for this project and were able to construct an innovative compression molding hydraulic press for the application.

For more information on this Case History, see Beckwood's article in the November 2005 edition of Manufacturing Engineering magazine by selecting this link (or contact Beckwood for a free issue).

3. Spotlight on Customized Hydraulic Presses

Beckwood Custom Hydraulic Press Fabricating IndustrySmaller footprint, exact capabilities, no wasted investment

By Sue Roberts, Executive Editor, FF Journal

As Seen in FF Journal, March 2007

Customized hydraulic presses have been dancing around the fabricating industry for many years. Tailored to specific needs, the features and options of each press are chosen by the user to perform a specific application such as blanking, coining, compression molding, forming, punching or stamping.

Each customer becomes part of the design team, working with the machine tool builder to incorporate the speeds, bed size, tonnage, stroke and any specialty options to best meet production goals.

Choosing hydraulics over mechanical operations provides the additional benefits of minimizing the footprint and reducing the overall investment. Hydraulics allow the generation of high forces in a compact area, reducing the overall structure and mechanism required for support of the force actuators. A mechanical press of the same tonnage is a larger machine requiring significantly more space and upping the initial investment.

The number and variety of custom-designed hydraulic presses available at any given time is virtually limitless. Each machine is the product of a fresh design, making the most recent machine shipped from the manufacturer virtually the newest model.

Cooperative creativity

In some cases, the customer brings more to the design table than his forming requirements. Acuity Brands Lighting'­s Indiana production facility, for example, worked with Beckwood Press Co. to integrate press bed rollers to minimize die setup time for its latest press.

Acuity, the world's largest manufacturer of lighting fixtures, has 24 manufacturing facilities throughout North America and Europe. Products include indoor and outdoor lighting for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure and residential applications. Architects, contractors, energy service companies and maintenance personnel alike are familiar with Acuity brands that include Lithonia Lighting, Hydrel, Peerless, MetalOptics and Carandini.

Corporate-wide emphasis at Acuity continually focuses on creating a leaner, more effective organization to support efficient production and new product development. Part of that focus is to make machine purchases and initiate processes that increase capacity without increasing headcount. In 2006, the companyís efforts were rewarded with a 12 percent increase in customer orders.

Production of reflectors that are incorporated into a myriad of Acuity lighting fixtures is done at all the Crawfordsville, Ind., facility. Anodizing, spinning, buffing, punching and hydroforming processes pump out a broad variety of the aluminum components. For many of the reflector designs, material moves from metal spinning operations to hydraulic presses, many of them custom, that punch sockets and side holes in the down-lighting pieces.

Progressive and lean

One of the lean initiative goals in the town of Crawfordsville facility is to reduce the setup time by 25 percent. Currently, dedicated setup people handle the die changeovers. A typical changeover takes from 10 min. to 20 min.; the goal is 12 min. to 15 min. With continuous adjustments and improvement, they expect to meet this goal before the end of 2009.

Ronald Knight, product manager at Acuity's Crawfordsville plant, explains that 15 of the company's newest presses have been fitted with computerized "smart die systems" to reduce die changeover time. The smart die systems stores job parameters for each die. Precise pressure and position, including pressure-holding, speed-control dynamic adjustments to real-time operating variances, can be controlled.

"We are currently running 200 to 300 dies," says Knight, "some of which run one to two orders. Quick die change is very important to our production process."

New machine tool purchases must fit into Acuity's lean equation, which is where working with customized hydraulic presses comes into play. Acuity defines the machine requirements for the specific application and includes its own ideas to improve the production process.

Newest is best

Features of the newest Beckwood press include a 35-ton capacity, a 30-in. press stroke and 36-in.-by 36-in. bolsters. Optimum speeds for the application were determined to be 440 ipm on approach, 36 ipm for press and 44 ipm for return.

Several design elements work toward time- and labor- saving goals. Bed rollers provided by Acuity were integrated into the design to assist with quick die change. A new safety light curtain incorporating a four-corner mirror system eliminates the guards with safety interlocks, increasing productivity while still safeguarding operators.

"We asked Beckwood for a larger control transformer for integration with our smart die system," Knight explains. "We had them change the swing-out pedestal to give the operator a little more usability. Operators love the quick die change and the light curtain. The setup men love this press."

Acuity also came up with an idea to add a bed bolster extension to retain clamping ability. Beckwood engineered a system to meet this request using Finite Element Analysis design testing to ensure structural integrity.

Acuity's presses have varying levels of customization and sophistication. Some applications may share the same Beckwood Custom Hydraulic Pressrequirements for speeds, bed size, tonnage stroke and other features, but they may vary depending on the system and product needs. The idea behind the customization is to provide the optimum system for each application at the right price.

Knight has seen value in investing in custom presses. "The benefits to customization are not buying what we don't need," he says. "With our last press purchase we didn't need the standard 100-ton press. We needed a 35-ton press with a 30-in. stroke and larger bed size. Why waste money on extra options or a higher capacity press?"

For more information on this process, please see Beckwood's article in the March 2007 edition of FF Journal (or contact us for a free issue).

Beckwood Custom Hydraulic Press4. Hydraulic Press Propels Tube-Forming Productivity

The ability of a press to handle off-center loading allows a manufacturer to load three dies onto one press bed and run the three stations independently or in tandem. One press, three dies, and no die changes.

By Brad Kuvin, Editor, Metalforming Magazine

As Seen in Metalforming Magazine, April 2007

Why invest in three low-tonnage presses, for three separate dies, or deal with time-consuming non-productive die changes, when you can purchase on large press to hold all three dies? That was precisely the reasoning at Hutchinson/Mayrath/TerraTrack, Clay Center, KS, late in 2005 as it sought to replace an aging and rather beat-up press.

The firm manufactures grain and material-handling equipment, including conveyors, unloading equipment and augers. Portable grain augers, in 20 models, are a key market for the manufacturer, and it boasts of the durability of the machines, in part due to their sturdy welded undercarriage.

Undercarriage assemblies are of welded tubular-steel construction. To feed welding booths with fabricated tube sections, Hutchinson/Mayrath/ TerraTrack employs a metalforming press to cut tubes, of hot-rolled steel, to length and crimp the tube ends. This tube-end preparation optimizes weld-joint design, improves fitup and, ultimately, maximizes joint strength.

The firm fabricates three diameters of tube 2 7/8-in. OD by 10-gauge wall thickness; 2 3/8-in. OD by 10-gauge wall; and 1.9-in. OD by 11-gauge wall. Each tube size calls for its own forming die to cut to length and end-crimp. To avoid die changes and still use only one press, off-center loading couldn't be avoided.
"We run the die for the largest OD tube in the middle of the press and then run the other two dies off center," explains industrial engineer Scott Rickley. "On our old mechanical press, which we converted over to hydraulic more than 20 years ago, this off-center loading took its toll. The press bed would twist and the ram would come down out of level, which ultimately destroyed the press. It also took a toll on our tooling, and made it difficult to keep up with production."
Designed for Off-Center Loading

When the old press became too war-torn for use, Hutchinson/Mayrath/TerraTrack turned to hydraulic-press builder Beckwood Press Co., St. Louis, MO, to design a new press specifically designed to balance the hydraulic system for multiple load requirements. The new 80-ton press, delivered in June 2006, can handle die requirements of 80 tons of force at its centerline, and 48 tons 21.5 in. to the right and left of press center. Each station can be operated independently of one another, or in tandem. The press has a 36-by-72-in. bolster, a 12-in. stroke and an automatic ram-slide lubrication system. Ram speeds: 115 in./min. approach, 24 in./min pressing and 120-in./min return.

"We fed tube in lengths of 20 to 40 ft. through the press by hand, manually setting stops to shear to length anywhere from 7 to 16 ft.," says Rickely. "In one hit in the die, we shear and crimp the end the ability of the hydraulic press to control forming speed provides the precise amount of tube-end deformation we need to optimize weld fitup and quality." Order size ranges from just a few pieces to as many as 20 parts.

Moving from the old press to new required only a routine sharpening of the tooling. With the poor ability of the old press to handle off-center loading, the firm had to pull the dies every three months, Rickley recalls, for resharpening.
"Since we took delivery of the new press," Rickley says, "we have yet to pull the dies for maintenance."

Beckwood Custom Hydraulic PressBeckwood Press Company recently interviewed Scott Rickley, an Industrial Engineer at Hutchinson/Mayrath/Terra Track in Clay Center Kansas, for an article with MetalForming Magazine. Rickley provided insight on his company, and how Beckwood was able to help him with his dedicated off-center loading application.
BW: What are the products and markets served by your plant? What is the process, and who are your customers?
SR: "We use the (Beckwood) Press to shear and flatten round tubing in preparation to be used in a weldment. The press performs the entire operation of preparing the tubing for the weldment. The end product is the undercarriage for our portable augers, which is vital for the safety of the auger and its operators. Parts must be of good quality or serious safety issues could arise.

Our primary product is grain handling equipment in an agricultural application. Our primary end users are farms and large grain storage facilities. Our product is distributed through a dealer/distributor network."
BW: What solutions did Beckwood solve by engineering this press system to your specific requirements?
SR: "Beckwood's design allowed us to load three different dies into the press at one time. We were doing this in the past with our old press, however, it was not designed for that application and when we used the dies that were off-center, the ram would come down out of level.

By designing a press with off-center loading capabilities Beckwood made it possible to load all three of the dies at one time and the press would compensate pressure to keep the ram level no matter which die we used."
BW: Did the sales engineers answer all of your questions and make things as smooth as possible for your company?
SR: "Beckwood made the entire process very easy, from initial ordering to final approval and training, right up through delivery."
BW: What example, in particular, have you been most satisfied with your Beckwood Press?
SR: "The press is very maintenance friendly with its automatic lubrication system. By not having to change dies on this press, our set-up times have basically become zero."

For more information on this testimonial, please see Beckwood'­s article in the April 2007 edition of Metalforming Magazine by selecting this link (or contact us for a free issue).

5. Metalworking Ages Gracefully

Metalworking equipment suppliers keep up with the times by offering more flexibility and quick changeover.

By David Simpson, Contributing Editor, Appliance Magazine

As Seen in Appliance Magazine, February 2007

Michael W. Riehn, director of marketing at The Beckwood Corporation (St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.), sees significant advantages in the advancement and integration of electrical and hydraulic control technologies. Capitalizing on the inherent benefits of hydraulic presses (speed, force and position control) has proven to add considerable cost savings by decreasing setup time and minimizing scrap material costs in the way of bad parts, he says. Up-front costs associated with programmable control systems that include job storage and recipe handling have continued to be more attractive. The costs of adding these control features to new presses at the time of order can often be recouped in as little as 4 to 6 months. The hydraulic flexibility provided by these controls can be used to further increase the presses ability to quickly make good quality parts immediately after die set-up. Being able to quickly dial in speed, force and position variables to compensate for material inconsistencies saves set-up costs in terms of labor as well as material.

For more information on this testimonial, please see Beckwood's article in the February 2007 edition of Appliance Magazine (or contact us for a free issue).

6. Client Testimonials

"I am pleasantly surprised with your inquiry related to my recent dealings with Beckwood's service department. Your company's assistance goes over well in my arena. We rarely receive that kind of support from OEM's. Your staff was most helpful, even with the back-to-back phone calls and requests for next-day parts."

- Mark Bohn, Bohn's Sales & Service, Inc.


"We had [Beckwood] give the operators a little more usability.  Operators love the quick die change and light curtain.  The setup men love this press."

- Ron Knight, Acuity Brands Lighting


"Beckwood Press was chosen as they offered the best value and could meet our tight timelines.  They were also willing to integrate the press and control system with the custom pre-heat processing oven that was being built here."

- Mark Shead, Boeing


"The benefits to customization are not buying what we don't need.  With our last press purchase we didn't need the standard 100-ton press.  We needed a 35-ton press with a 30 in. stroke and larger bed size.  Why waste money on extra options or a higher capacity press?"

- Ron Knight, Acuity Brands Lighting


"On our mechanical press...off-center loading took its toll.  The press bed would twist and the ram would come down out of level, which ultimately destroyed the press.  It also took a toll on our tooling, and made it difficult to keep up with production.  Since we took delivery of the new [Beckwood] press, we have yet to pull the dies for maintenance."

- Scott Rickley, Hutchinson/Mayrath/TerraTrack

"Everything arrived in perfect condition.  It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with the Beckwood Press Company.  All of my conversations, whether by phone or e-mail, were dealt with promptly and accurately.  Customer service is everything when dealing over the phone and internet.  I would give your company a "10"."

-Michael R. Vetter, Weasler Engineering Inc.





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Choosing the Right Benchtop Press

How-To Choose the Right Benchtop Press for Your Application

Whether your process is light manufacturing or assembly, choosing the right benchtop press for your application is crucial. The options vary from simple hand-operated arbor presses, to more advanced hydraulic & electromechanical models that can be integrated with PLC control modules. A company in the market for a benchtop press must consider several factors before making an informed purchase. Identifying the right press capability up front can eliminate additional costs and start up delays for the future.

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Beckwood Benchtop PressBy answering the following questions, you can easily determine the right benchtop press for your application:

1. Is your application a high-volume application?
2. What type of power supply, if any, is available for this press system?
3. Does this application require a high-level of flexibility and/or control?
4. Does your application require a high-level of precision?

The answers to these questions will determine which type of benchtop press is ideal for your application.

Arbor Press

The most basic form of benchtop presses are hand-operated arbor presses. These machines are ideal for lower tonnage applications and have the benefit of not requiring an external power source. Because arbor presses generate their force through leverage and manpower, they tend to work best in low volume situations.

Air/Oil or Booster Press

A second type of benchtop press is the air/oil or booster press. These machines are ideal for low to mid-level production volume applications and have an approximate maximum force output of 10 tons.

Booster presses use an air over oil intensifier system to achieve the force comparable to traditional hydraulics, but are not equipped with a hydraulic power unit. Because a hydraulic power system is not required, most booster presses can operate using standard 110V, single phase power systems and a shop air connection.

Air/oil presses offer a more user friendly system than arbor presses, as well as the ability to incorporate safety equipment such as light curtain guarding and two hand anti-tie down controls. Even with its advantages, certain applications may not be well suited to the booster press option. The "power" part of the stroke on a booster press is usually limited to less than 1" for full force. Maintenance can be challenging on a booster press: if all of the air is not properly bled, the air inside the oil portion of the system will compress and limit force output. Additionally, most booster presses are limited to a two hand control module and a few simple relays for logic, making integration of ancillary equipment such as feed systems and die sensors difficult.

More information on Beckwood's air/oil presses can be found by visiting the DBP booster press page.

Straight Hydraulic Press

A third type of benchtop press is the straight hydraulic press. Because hydraulic presses utilize traditional hydraulic systems to generate the desired force, they have the ability to deliver full pressing force anywhere in the range of stroke and can vary the shut height to utilize multiple dies. These features make the hydraulic benchtop press suitable for a wide variety of applications. 

Below you will find a video detailing our DJ Press features.  The video walks viewers through the aspects of the bench top hydraulic press, showing the functions of the various buttons included on the press:

The hydraulic press can be controlled in a variety of ways, ranging from basic relays to more sophisticated PLC or PC control systems. Operator interfaces can be added to press systems to facilitate the ease of job setup and recipe storage. PLC's also offer easy integration of ancillary equipment such as feed systems and in-die sensors.  For a review of our standard benchtop controls, check out the below video on our standard Allen Bradley Panelview system.  The video walks viewers through the aspects of the hydraulic press control system, showing the functions of the various buttons included on the PanelView interface:

Ram force and speed can be controlled in any direction with various levels of precision. In many cases, modern hydraulics allow for control rivaling Electromechanical presses.

More information on Beckwood's straight hydraulic benchtop presses can be found by visiting the DJ Series press page and selecting the DHS (Full welded steel frame with shank tool holder from 3-20 tons), DHS-R (Full welded steel frame with guide ram from 5-40+ tons), and DHC (Cast iron frame with shank tool holder from 3-5 tons) product links.

Electromechanical Press

The electromechanical press may be the ideal option for end users requiring an extremely high level of precision. Using advanced control systems, these presses feature precision closed loop position and force control for optimum performance. Often used in production as well as R&D or laboratory environments, electromechanical presses can be equipped to handle numerous motion profiles, each with the ability to infinitely adjust to the end user's requirements.

Production volume, precision requirements, and ancillary equipment integration are all critical factors to consider when shopping for a benchtop press. Whether it is a simple, hand operated arbor press, a mid-level production booster press, or a more technologically advanced hydraulic or electromechanical press, benchtop machines continue to be a mainstay in the light manufacturing and assembly processes, for a variety of industries and organizations.


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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.)

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Standard Features and Available Options


Available Options

  • Stroke, Shut Height to Spec.
  • Daylight to Spec.
  • Ram Guide Bellows
  • Bolsters Machined to Spec.
  • Bed Cushion/Ejector Cylinder
  • Quick Die Change System
  • Designed for Minimal Deflection
  • Light Curtains
  • Allen Bradley PLC Controls
  • E-Stop Safety Relays
  • Operator Interface with Productivity Package
  • Dual Anti-Tie Down, Anti-Repeat Zero Force Palm Buttons
  • Lockable Disconnect
  • Guarding to Spec.
  • Bolt On Metal Guards/Gates
  • Digital Pressure Switch
  • Built in Overload Protection
  • Off-The-Shelf JIC/NFPA Components
  • Dwell Control
  • NEMA Rated Encolsures
  • Integrated Press Safety Circuit
  • Ram Slide Positioning Monitoring
  • Auto-Slide Lubrication System
  • Heavy Duty All-Welded Frame
  • Pressure Lock Valves
  • Parker Hannifin Cylinders
  • Oil Cooler
  • Regenerative Hydraulic Circuit
  • Kidney Loop Filtration System
  • Oversized Guide Posts & Bushings
  • Ram Speeds to Spec.

  • Up-Acting or Side-Acting Rams
  • Multi-Action Rams
  • Rotary Index Table Integration
  • Bed Shuttle and/or Booking Ram
  • Vibration and Leveling Mounts
  • Heated/Cooled Platens
  • Closed Loop Servo Press Control
  • Fixed Stops
  • Feather Touch Hand Lever w/ Safety Palm Button
  • Intrinsically Safe Capability
  • Foot Pedal Control
  • Modular Tie Rod Construction
  • Bi-Lingual Operation Features
  • Rubber Pad or Guerin Box
  • Remote Power Station
  • Custom Paint
  • Turnkey Automation and Integration
  • Tooling, Transfer/Feed System Integration
  • Vickers/Bosch Rexroth Hydraulics
  • High Speed Pre-Fill Systems
  • Die Roller Systems
  • Plus Much More...


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Ram Speed & Cycle Profiles

What Ram Speeds Do You Need?

Hydraulic presses are frequently offered with multiple ram speeds such as; Fast Approach, Pressing and Fast Retract. Typically, these speeds are expressed in Inches Per Minute (IPM).

  • Fast Approach Speed is designed to lower the ram quickly during the portion of the stroke that does not require any force.
  • Pressing speed is commonly referred to as the 'working portion' of the stroke where force is required & speed is slower. 
  • After the Pressing portion of the stroke is completed, the ram retracts at a Fast Retract speed which affords little force. This Retract Force is commonly referred to as the "Stripping Force".

Many customers with mechanical press experience refer to press speed in cycles per minute. Hydraulic presses can be designed to provide a certain number of cycles per minute once the cycle profile has been determined. The cycle profile consists of an accurate description of the physical aspects of the cycle, which include:

1. Distance of ram travel under no load (Fast Approach)
2. Distance of actual working stroke (Pressing)
3. Distance of Fast Retract (usually the combination of the previous two distances)
4. Any Dwell Time at the bottom of the stroke or while under pressure

Once these parameters have been established, the appropriate ram speeds can be developed in conjunction with the right cylinder configuration & power system in order to provide the necessary cycles per minute.

Variable ram speeds are also available through the use of flow controls, variable volume pump systems and SSD/VFD drives.

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New Vs. Used Presses

While Beckwood doesn’t sell used machinery, we do understand the appeal used equipment has to certain manufacturers. The short lead times and lower up-front purchase prices of used hydraulic presses can be attractive…at least initially. But committing to a used hydraulic press can have significant drawbacks, which often don’t show themselves at the point of purchase.

When shopping for a hydraulic press, new or used, it’s important to ask yourself these questions in order to ensure you’re maximizing your company’s capital equipment dollars. 


Application Needs: How important is a press designed around your specific application?

A custom hydraulic press will provide you everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Size, speed, tonnage, safety, controls, accuracy, etc. will be engineered to your specific situation. A used hydraulic press purchase, however, will undoubtedly require certain sacrifices. In some instances, those sacrifices might be acceptable. But multiplied over time, those concessions can significantly impact productivity, safety and overall profitability. 

Service and Support

Service & SupportWhat is your plan to handle unexpected down-time due to unsupported equipment?

In addition to matching your application needs, custom (Beckwood) hydraulic presses are also associated with a warranty, new components and robust factory service & support, including the training of maintenance & operator personnel. While there are obviously some exceptions, the majority of used presses are sold ‘as-is,’ featuring questionable components and non-existent support.

Budgetary restrictions

BudgetIs your budget more tolerant of a larger up-front investment, or bleeding cash over time?

Custom doesn’t mean more expensive, and capital expense budgets should factor in long-term costs of the various options available. Used equipment can have costs which are clearly evident, including retrofitting, facility modifications and delivery & installation requirements not offered by the seller. Over time, additional ‘hidden’ costs can begin to impact the overall cost of the project, such as maintenance & repair and efficiency-loss due to the adoption of equipment initially designed for a different application.


Timeline: When must you have a fully functional press on your shop floor?

It is often assumed that custom hydraulic presses require long lead-times, and feature ‘custom’ parts with obscure availability. In fact, many custom presses are associated with expedited lead times, and Beckwood’s presses feature catalogued components readily available from local suppliers. Plus, taking into consideration certain adjustments which must be made to fit the ‘square’ used press into the ‘round’ application hole, the overall time-to-operation between the two scenarios can be closer than is initially believed. 

Don’t settle for a press that falls outside of your ideal specifications. You can have a hydraulic press engineered to your exact requirements for a surprising value when the long-term view of the project is taken. The positive impact of equipment that’s made for you can affect the quality of your products, the size of your profit margins, the efficient use of your facility space, the safety of your team members and much more.

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Industry Terms

Hydraulic Press TerminologyStroke
The amount of possible ram travel. Stroke is the total distance that the ram can travel, from full extension to full retraction.

Shut Height
The distance between the bed bolster and the ram bolster when the ram is fully extended. This is also commonly known as the Closed Height. As standard, this dimension is usually within "0.25" due to assembly processes. For precision shut height requirements, consult the factory.

The distance between the bed bolster and the ram bolster when the ram is fully retracted. This is also commonly known as the Open Height.

The removable plate that serves as the working surface for the bed and ram. The plate is typically bolted to the bed and ram substructures. The bolsters can be machined with a variety of work holding features such as; T-Slots, Drilled and Tapped Holes, Lift Rails for Quick Die Change, etc...

Stroke Control
The ram travel of the press may be controlled in a variety of ways. Most hydraulic presses are standard with Adjustable Retract Limit Switches to limit the retract distance of the ram (also know as the Up Limit Position). This can shorten cycle times by only utilizing the required stroke for part loading and unloading. Other adjustable limits may include: Slow Down Limit for deceleration from Fast Speed to Slow Speed; Bottom Stop Position and/or Bottom Stop Pressure, etc...

Bottom Stop
By Pressure:
- The press may be designed to 'return on pressure'. This method utilizes a pressure sensing device which is adjustable and is set to determine the desired maximum pressure to be achieved by the ram. Once this pressure is achieved, the ram typically completes the cycle by returning to the home position or Up Limit position.
By Position:
- The press may be designed to 'return on position'. This method utilizes either a position sensing device or a limit or proximity switch that can be set to signal that the desired ram extension has been achieved.

Bed Height
Bed Height is the distance from the bottom of the hydraulic press structure to the working height or top of the bed bolster.

Hydraulic presses are capable of maintaining force on the work for extended periods of time. This is typically accomplished by using pressure lock valves or variable volume pumps that are remotely controlled for precise and long periods of pressure holding.

Bed Cushion
A bed cushion is a commonly required for draw tooling and is a system that applies resistance when pushed upon. This resistance can be dynamic or statically controlled throughout the stroke. Bed cushions have a "pusher pin plate" that is located just beneath the bed bolster. The bed bolster is provided with multiple through holes where "pusher pins" are inserted. These pins are used by the tooling to generate resistive force as the hydraulic press ram pushes down. The cushion can also be configured for multiple control zones for on-the-fly dynamic control.

Remote Power Skid
Some press applications may require that the hydraulics be located remotely from the press itself. Other applications may preclude the power system from being able to be installed at the top around the crown structure of the press. In these cases, the power system and even the controls may be designed into a separate unit capable of being placed adjacent to the press or away from the press.

Heated Platens
These are plates that have heating capabilities. They can be heated using electric rods, steam, oil, water or other medium. These systems usually require thermal breaks between the heated plates and the hydraulic press structure. Heating controls can be separate or fully integrated into the press control system.

Throat Clearance - In c-frame, or gap frame presses, throat clearance is defined as the distance from the vertical centerline of the ram to the back of the press behind the bed. This distance allows you to determine the diameter of blanks and tools that can be positioned within the press.

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Hydraulic Press Benefits

Hydraulic Press Benefits - Gib-Guided Press, 4 Post Press, 2 Post Press, C-Frame Press Benchtop PressThe hydraulic press continues to be the press of choice for today's modern manufacturer. Beckwood hydraulic presses provide; Performance, Reliability, and Unlimited Versatility. This unrivaled versatility makes hydraulic presses ideal for Compression Molding, Hot Forming, Stamping, Punching, Blanking, Drawing, Bending, and more.

A hydraulic press is powered by a hydraulic pump to a hydraulic cylinder or cylinders that drive the ram or slide. Hydraulic presses allow for job parameters such as travel distance or force and return position to be easily programmed. This allows a single press to effecitvely handle multiple tools across multiple applications. This flexibility yields a hydraulic press's greatest advantage.

The following is a list of the greatest benefits a hydraulic press can deliver. 

  1. Full Tonnage Throughout The Stroke - The hydraulic press has the ability to deliver full pressing force anywhere in the range of stroke, unlike mechanical presses which can only develop full force at close to bottom of stroke. This significantly adds to the inherent flexibility of hydraulic presses.
  2. Customization - Whereas most mechanical presses are offered in standardized bed size and tonnage relationships, it is easy to design the hydraulic press to meet the customers' specific requirements. Users that require large bed sizes but little tonnage can get just that. Conversely, customers that require high tonnage be applied to a small work area, can get a machine that is designed to handle point loading and reduced deflection for the concentrated load.
  3. Flexibility - With a hydraulic press, you are able to adjust tonnage and maximize cycle time for each job. You can be more efficient with your application by eliminating excessive ram movement, changing pressure and/or varying or maintaining ram speeds throughout the cycle. This can maximize cycle time when you customize the options for each job.
  4. Dedicated or Multi-Functional - The hydraulic presses can be designed to any level of sophistication. Whether the need be a simple dedicated cell press or a fully integrated multi-purpose system, hydraulics are cost effective and easily modified for the task at hand. Their flexibility is further enhanced by additional stroke capability for simplifying die changes and reducing set-up time. Multiple dies with varying shut heights can be run efficiently in a single press.
  5. Lower Up Front Costs / Fast ROI - In regard to presses, hydraulic presses are the most simple in basic design and often utilize standardized, proven hydraulic components that are readily available. The basic components to mechanical presses, such as crankshafts, clutch and brake systems, etc., are expensive and often custom built components which serve to add machine cost. Hydraulic presses are often much less expensive up-front and in long term operation.
  6. No Design Limitations - The principles of hydraulic force allow for creative engineering. Presses can be designed for traditional down-acting, up-acting, side-acting and multi-action operation. Power systems can be placed above, below or remote from the press and force actuators. Large bed presses can be designed for low tonnage applications and small bed presses can be designed for high tonnage requirements.
  7. Over-Pressure Protection - The incorporation of hydraulic relief valves into hydraulic circuits provide built-in overload protection. A press' force cannot exceed the pressure that it is allowed to build, thereby limiting the maximum pressure attainable controls maximum force.
  8. Unlimited Control Options - The hydraulic press can be controlled in a variety of ways ranging from basic relays to more sophisticated PLC or PC control systems. Operator interfaces can be added to press systems to facilitate ease of job set by storing individual job parameters for each die. Presses can be controlled for precise pressure and position; including pressure holding, speed control and dynamic adjustments to realtime operating variances. Ram force and speed can be controlled in any direction with various levels of precision.
  9. Condensed Footprint - Hydraulics allow for generation of high pressure over small surface area. This ability reduces the overall structure required for support of the force actuators. When compared to mechanical presses, hydraulic presses consume almost 50% less space for the same tonnage capability. This size advantage results in lower manufacturing costs and a faster return on investment by requiring less long term overhead expense.
  10. Part Accuracy - A hydraulic press's control over forces and motions empowers the press to provide greater overall quality of a manufactured part than many other types of presses. Control of lateral slide movement caused by off-center or unbalanced loads helps achieve tight tolerances and improves part quality.


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Off-Center Load App

Choosing the Right Press for Running Off-Center Loaded Dies

In a perfect world, all tooling and dies would create perfectly balanced loads across the bed of a press. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world and many manufacturers are required to design production Beckwood Custom Hydraulic Press Off Center Loadsystems that require off-center loading in their presses. The reality is that symmetrical loading is sometimes inefficient, and sometimes impractical to achieve.  Often, no matter what type of structural measures are taken, off-center loads can be problematic.

There are a variety of reasons for off center loading. The most obvious is the geometry of the part being formed is not conducive to an even load. However, the trend to improve production efficiency and reduce costs is spurring an increase in off-center applications as manufacturers consolidate multiple dies or processes into single machines.

3 Simple Questions

By answering the following questions, you can easily determine the right press solution for your application:

1. Is the application going to be evenly loaded?

2. Is the off-center load going to be dedicated?

3. If it is dedicated, will it be the same for every cycle of the press?

The answers to these questions will determine which type of press is ideal for the job.

Beckwood Custom Hydraulic Press Off Center Load

Dynamic Loading

Manufacturers that are looking for a multiple purpose machine to run multiple processes with varying load configurations are going to experience Dynamic Loading. This type of off-center loading is best accommodated by an Active Leveling System. These presses are equipped with a multi-axis high-speed motion controller, linear transducers to monitor ram position and sophisticated proportional hydraulics. The motion controller provides closed loop servo control of each individual press cylinder to maintain bed to ram parallelism.

Active Leveling control is offered in either 2 or 4 axis depending on the specific application. Two Axis control provides parallelism from left to right or front to rear, while Four Axis control provides control of both left to right and front to rear.

Dedicated Loading

In dedicated applications, the tooling and loading is known at the time of press design and compensation for the off-center loading is engineered into the structure and hydraulic design. To further define dedicated loading, we can subdivide into selective and non-selective applications.

Non-Selective Loading

In applications such as progressive die applications, multiple dies or stations are present in the press at the same time and are actuated simultaneously during each cycle of the press. This is referred to as Dedicated Non-Selective Loading. The press can be designed to handle the specific off-center load through hydraulic and/or structural modifications. This type of system usually results in lower up front costs but results in a press system that is dedicated to and limited to the specific application.

Selective Loading

Selective off-center loading is ideal for manufacturers that want to consolidate multiple processes into a single press system whereby 2, 3, 4 or more dies are always present in a press but only one die set is loaded and actuated per cycle. By utilizing traditional on/off valving and structural balancing, the press manufacturer can electronically shift the press force to center over different locations on the press bed. The operator then "selects" a specific die to be "active" during a given cycle. In addition to decreasing or eliminating die set up time selective off-center loading is an effective solution to save floor space by displacing multiple presses.

Whether the end user's application requires dedicated off-center loading, or a more advanced active level control, emerging technologies in the field of hydraulics are being implemented to insure part quality, reduce die wear and reduce complex setup time. This technology is transforming what was once considered an obstacle, into a reliable method for meeting our customer's off-center loading needs.

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Prensas Hidráulicas


Acerca de Nosotros

Beckwood utiliza diseños estandar ya probados que estan hechos a la medida de los requerimientos de nuestros clientes. Ofrecemos una variedad de Prensas Beckwood Custom Hydraulic PressHidraulicas de alta calidad y bajo costo que van desde 2 hasta más de 2000 toneladas y que proporcionan duración, confiabilidad, valor y eficiencia a su producción. Estas prensas pueden ser fabricadas para casi cualquier industria con una cantidad ilimitada de funciones y opciones. Beckwood ha estado en el negocio de fabricación por casi 30 años y se ha creado un nombre de confianza entre la comunidad de fabricantes. Proveeremos una analisis y evalución sin costo de cualquier aplicación para lograr una solución simple y costeable para cualquier industria.

Nuestra filosofí­a de trabajo es la de hacer las cosas de la manera mas simple y eso nos ha permitido servir mejor a nuestros clientes, ahorrando tiempo y dinero con nuestro enfoque y sistema de trabajo orientado a la ingenierí­a de valor agregado. Nuestro manufactura integrado, nos ha proporcionado experiencia invaluable, en el diseño del producto, diseño y fabricación de herramientas, construcción de maquinaria para fabricación, manufactura de componentes, ensamble y empaque. Esta experiencia en manufactura nos da una ventaja competitiva sobre otros fabricantes y nos ayuda a llevar a cabo el proceso sin demoras.

Nuestro Nicho de Mercado

Las prensas Beckwood estan fabricadas de acuerdo a sus necesidades y pensando el la aplicación especifica. Nos aseguraremos de entender perfectamente sus requerimientos y construiremos la mejor maquina para sus necesidades. Los materiales usados para fabricar nuestros componentes tienen una durabilidad comprobada, estan libres de defectos y han sido producidos por fabricantes altamente reconocidos y respetados en su ramo, como Parcker Hannafin y Allen Bradley. Beckwood produce prensas durables y con la mejor construcción, con el mejor tiempo de entrega y ensambladas totalmente en nuestra planta. Nuestro sistema de cotización es el mejor de la industria ya que cuenta con tres características clave, experiencia, enfoque hacia la economía y una excelente velocidad de respuesta en las cotizaciones. Esta razones aunadas a un grupo de ingeniería y ventas cortés y bien capacitado, nos lleva a ser la mejor opción en prensas hidráulicas de 2, 4, 6 columnas, tipo C y prensas de doblado.

Ingeniería de Diseño en nuestras instalaciones

El ensamblar nuestras prensas totalmente en nuestra fabrica, nos da una ventaja de diseño y economía. Nuestro experimentado grupo de ingenieros en diseño hidráulico, mecánicos, electricistas y soldadores han sido entrenados en habilidades, así que la calidad y el valor agregado en nuestros productos estan garantizados. Fabricamos prensas con una defleccion mínima con estructura de larga duración y el mejor sistema de guiado de la industria.

Tipos de Prensas

Nuestras prensas fabricadas de acuerdo a sus necesidades, vienen en los modelos de 2, 4, 6 columnas: Tipo C y para doblado en casi cualquier tonelaje. Cualquier combinación de tamaño, tonelaje, velocidad y controles estan disponibles y las configuraciones son inferior, superior, lateral y de acción múltiple. Algunas de sus aplicaciones son:

• Insertado • Embutido • Formado • Estampado• Acuñado • Suajado • Perforado • Repujado • Marmoleado • Formación de materiales en polvo Sinterizado • Realzado • Platina con calefacción • Cojín • Moldeado por compression • Carga no concéntrica Carga excentrica• Prueba de herramental• Formación de "blanks" u hojas • Y muchas más


En Beckwood, buscamos constantemente nuevos desafíos para proveer soluciones innovadoras a las aplicaciones de nuestros clientes. Hemos refinado nuestras técnicas de Automatización e Integración para que podamos ser un proveedor único a todas las necesidades de equipos de prensado de nuestros clientes. Todas nuestras soluciones ofrecen lo último en tecnología hidráulica y de control, usando la mejor calidad, en componentes estándar y disponibles en el mercado.

En respuesta a la demanda de nuestros clientes de una prensa de un diseño único para las aplicaciones más dificiles, Beckwood esta ofreciendo ahora prensas de la serie SSE. Estas prensas proporcionan la rigidez de las prensas de doble montante con las ventajas del guiado cilindrico. El diseño del doble montante servirá para que la estructura funcione como una unidad y ofrezca una integridad estructural superior. Esto junto con los largos bujes de guia incrementara su desempeño en casi cualquier operación dificil.

Mejoramientos en Ventas y Atención a Clientes.

Beckwood está consiguiendo grandes avances en nuestras áreas de ventas y atención a clientes para el mercado Mexicano. A través de relaciones sólidas con la compañía Samat S.A. de C.V. la cual cuenta con 30 años de experiencia en maquinas-herramientas ofreciendo soporte y personal capacitado para la venta y servicio en el mercado Mexicano. Esta expansión refuerza el ya excelente historial de servicio de Beckwood y nos ayuda a expandirnos en este creciente mercado.


Beckwood está seguro que el futuro de la manufactura no tiene que ser caro y complicado. Para encontrar una solución inteligente a su necesidad de prensado, busque a Beckwood, contactando a Ryan Pendleton (Director de Ventas y Mercadotecnia en los EUA) y él indicara a su distribuidor más cercano. Nuestro número telefónico es 001-636-343-4100 y nuestra dirección de correo es (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Company Employees


Jeffrey Debus Beckwood Press PresidentJeffrey E. Debus: President & CEO
Debus began his career with Beckwood in 1992 and has served as Engineering Manager, Plant Manager and most recently as General Manager and Vice President. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Illinois University. As Vice President & General Manager, Debus is responsible for overseeing all company operations including providing financial services and control for all company departments and the management of daily operations. In addition to his management duties, Debus is an experienced design engineer, and a member of Beckwood's sales team. He is involved with company and product development and leads the company's successfull growth campaign.


Ryan Pendleton Beckwood Press Sales and Marketing ManagerRyan M. Pendleton: Director of Manufacturing
Pendleton joined the Beckwood team in 2006 after graduating from Webster University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.  His primary responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day operation of all areas of manufacturing, including engineering, production, quality assurance, customer service, purchasing, inventory and shipping/receiving. Additionally, he is responsible for developing operational systems, processes and policies across these departments to produce cost effective products that meet high quality standards, on schedule delivery, and operational profitability.


Darrell Harrelson Beckwood Press Technology Director

Darrell B. Harrelson: Engineering Manager
Harrelson has over a decade of experience in industrial manufacturing and possesses a practical working knowledge of modern hydraulics. He is a Certified Fluid Power Specialist and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Harrelson was formerly employed at HTE Technologies of St. Louis, a full-line Parker Hannifin distributor, where he served as their primary hydraulics application engineer. Harrelson serves Beckwood as the Engineering Manager, coordinating the individual efforts of Beckwood's structural, hydraulic and electrical/controls engineering departments.


Josh Schroeder Beckwood Press Operations ManagerJosh Schroeder: Project Manager
Schroeder has 15+ years experience in industrial manufacturing as well as a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Missouri State University. He has completed certification programs in Project Management, Industrial Buying, Design of Experiments and Industrial Ergonomics. Schroeder joined Beckwood from St. Clair Die Casting where he held the position of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager. At Beckwood, Schroeder has the primary responsibility of managing all aspects of sold projects, with particular emphasis on ensuring communication is upheld between internal departments and with the customer.


Josh Dixon Beckwood Press Sales EngineerJosh Dixon: Director of Sales and Marketing
Dixon joined the Beckwood team in 2011 after graduating from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Business Management. As part of the Beckwood team, Dixon manages all activities, departments and personnel associated with the Sales & Marketing of company products and services.   




Don J. Jarzeneck Beckwood Press Design EngineerDon J. Jarzenbeck: Technical Support Manager
Jarzenbeck began his career with Beckwood in 1993 and has held positions of Press Fabrication Specialist and Design Engineer. He has been certified as a CNC programmer and has over 10 year of experience in hydraulic press design and support. Jarzenbeck has been trained and certified in Bosch Rexroth proportional and servo circuit design, as well as Delta Computer Systems. His current responsibilities include manifold and hydraulic system design and support, quality improvement and testing and inspection of system functionality for hydraulic quality control.


Zach Stranz Beckwood Press Structural EngineerZach Stranz: Technical Sales Engineer
Stranz has over 7 years of experience in mechanical engineering. He joined Beckwood in 2005 after gaining experience as a Project Engineer with BBC Industries, and a Certified SolidWorks Technical Support Specialist & Instructor for Fisher UniTech (a leading reseller of SolidWorks manufacturing software). Stranz's current duties involve the creation and coordination of structural drawings and approvals. He is a certified CNC programmer and oversees the quality control for Beckwood's machining department. He also manages Beckwood's intensive FEA (Finite Element Analysis) program which utilizes COSMOS design testing software to monitor each press' structural integrity.


Dan Steinkamp Beckwood Press Production ManagerDan Steinkamp: Production Manager

Steinkamp began his career with Beckwood in 2009 and has over a decade of experience in the hot stamping and heat transfer industries, working his way up as a silicone specialist, making dies and rollers. As Production Manager, Steinkamp is involved with the planning, coordination and control of the manufacturing process. He will also ensure that the Beckwood team is working efficiently to provide the highest quality equipment to customers.


Adam Strein Beckwood Press Structural Engineer

Adam Strein: Structural Engineer
Strein joined the Beckwood team in 2012 as a structural engineer. He received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Sceince and Technology (formerly University of Missouri- Rolla). Strein also received extensive SolidWorks training and certification. As part of the Beckwood Structural Engineer team, Strein will provide innovative, structurally sound designs to uphold the rigorous integrity standards associated with Beckwood presses and assist with product run-offs and technical support.















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Beckwood Custom Hydraulic Press Manufacturing

From 270, take Westbound 1-44 to the Bowles Avenue exit #274. The Bowles exit is approximately 0.5 miles west of 1-270.

Turn left at the light at the top of the exit ramp and go straight through the next two lights (second and third lights). Take a left at the fourth light, which is Horan Drive. There is a firehouse at the left corner of the intersection of Bowles and Horan.

Continue on Horan and drive approximately 1/4 mile to 901 Horan, which is on your left.

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The Beckwood Corporation was founded in 1976 by Charles P. Becker, Jr. Over 35 years of real life problem solving experience has influenced our modern-day custom hydraulic press designs. Beckwood's in-house manufacturing capability has given us valuable experience in: application analysis, product design, production equipment manufacturing, component manufacturing, assembly and packaging. This well-rounded manufacturing experience gives us a competitive edge over our competition as we help you through the entire process.

Today, Beckwood utilizes proven hydraulic press designs that are tailored to our customers' specific applications. We offer a variety of high-quality custom hydraulic presses from 2-2000+ tons that provide value, durability, and reliability.

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What We Do

Beckwood weldment in progressBeckwood manufactures quality hydraulic presses, automation systems and machines that are engineered to our customers' specific application requirements.

Our presses are built for infinite life.

Made for you. Made to last. Made in the USA.  

Who We Service

Beckwood systems are engineered for customers in a variety of industries including aerospace & defense, energy / oil & gas, automotive, construction, agricultural and more. Beckwood customer companies range from small, independent manufacturers to multi-national corporations with global footprints.

Beckwood is an industry leader and has a global presence in the hydraulic press marketplace, with installations across the globe (United States, Mexico/South America, Canada, Europe, India, China, the Middle East and Southeast Asia). 

Map of Beckwood global installations

How Our Equipment is Used

Beckwood custom presses are used for a variety of applications including hot forming, compression molding, sheet hydroforming, punching, assembly, deep drawing, coining, powder compacting and more.

What's Important to Us

Engineering presses for infinite lifeOur customers’ overall satisfaction with Beckwood’s people, processes & products is our top priority.

Beckwood manufactures the entire press in-house. We take pride in our ability to quickly convert your press requirements into a well-defined end product. Our just-in-time philosophy always leaves us at the cutting edge of technology because we are able to improve our hydraulic presses each time a new system is manufactured. These reasons, coupled with a responsive and highly trained sales and engineering staff, make us the choice for quality, made-to-order Gib-Guided, 4-Post, 2-Post, C-Frame and Benchtop hydraulic presses. 

With a custom Beckwood hydraulic press, the possibilities are endless because we design systems that are "Made for you. Made to last. Made in the USA." As a result, our customers are able to shift focus away from the press and onto other aspects of their manufacturing process, confident in the knowledge that their press design & performance matches the application requirement.


Who We Are

Beckwood foundersBeckwood was founded in 1976 by Charles P. Becker, Jr. In the nearly four decades since, it has been Beckwood’s people who have continually set us apart.  Our team’s belief in Beckwood’s Core Values serves as an anchor in everything we do, both internally and for our customers:

  • Honesty: Employing truth to govern personal actions
  • Integrity: Earning the trust of others by doing what is right, even when it’s inconvenient
  • Responsibility: Assuming ownership for personal actions, assigned tasks and duties
  • Respect: Our actions will demonstrate that every person is important and appreciated
  • Excellence: Striving to perform every job or action in a superior way
  • Perception: Being accountable for the way our actions and communications are given and received


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