Custom Industrial Press Solutions
Advanced Systems and Controls specializes in the engineering and development of turnkey industrial press solutions. Our advanced press systems are designed, built and optimized to accommodate the specific needs of your unique commercial or industrial assembly line application.
Advantages of Our Turnkey Industrial Press Solutions
A Wide Range of Machine Sizes and Press Loads
We build presses ranging from low-force, interference-fit assembly systems, to presses capable of generating over 100 tons of load.
Custom Tooling Flexibility
Our custom presses are always designed with flexibility in mind for future manufacturing projects. A single press, for example, is capable of assembling multiple components (during a single machine cycle if necessary) through the use of interchangeable tooling. Press rams may be oriented in any direction (horizontal or vertical).
Hardware Flexibility for Streamlined Installation
You can specify the type of custom hardware used (cylinders, valves, controls hardware, etc) to ensure our turnkey press system integrates seamlessly with your existing equipment.
Numerous Press Power Source Options
Apart from traditional hydraulic systems, we also develop and manufacture pneumatic-based systems, air-over-oil presses, and servo-based electric presses.
We can provide a stand-alone, offline press, or we can integrate a machine into an existing process, including process tracking and data collection.
Retrofitted System Upgrades
To save cost, we are capable of retrofitting existing, out-of-date machines with new controls and press hardware, preserving the value of the original machine’s frame. Alternatively, we can provide one of our standard frames as the base for a new press system.
Robust Data Collection and Analysis
Press-fit assembly of components is often overlooked as a potential source of data. Important information about the quality of an assembly (such as the amount of interference between components) can be measured: this information can improve downstream first time through and may even detect potential failures in the field.
IN DEPTH: A Dynamic Analysis of Force and Distance
ASC’s custom industrial presses utilize rugged, reliable PLC units for control. The PLC monitors force and distance in real time. It is capable of differentiating between a successful press and an invalid press (such as a slip-fit component). In addition, a record of all press data can be downloaded from the PLC into Excel using a simple tool (included with the press). This data can be used to produce an analysis of the press procedure.
The successful press operation (in blue) shows the ram (approaching from the right) sense an increase in force as the bearing and pinion are fitted together (starting at about 97mm). This increase in force continues until the two components are bottomed-out, after which force spikes (at about 70mm).
The first failed press operation (in red) uses a slip-fit bearing (in which there is no interference between the bearing and pinion). There is no significant force sensed until bottom-out is reached. The PLC is capable of sensing when a moderate amount of force is expected, and because this moderate amount of force is not seen when expected, the assembly operation is rejected.
Finally, the last failed press operation (in green) illustrates a ‘double’ press: a bearing has already been installed on the pinion, and another bearing is placed on the pinion. The ram bottoms out almost immediately due to the increased component stack height, and as an emergency measure, the PLC automatically shuts off hydraulic power (gross failure).