C-Frame Press Series

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C-frame presses are some of the most widely used presses. Their efficient designs make adjusting and maintaining these presses easier than other presses, and many applications depend on them. Also referred to as gap-frame presses, C-frame presses get their name thanks to the press’s C-like shape. C-frame presses are frequently used in manufacturing processes because they facilitate easy part loading and unloading for manual workers and automated solutions. 

The basic C-frame press design consists of three components: a welded steel framework, a hydra-pneumatic cylinder or servo actuator, and upper and lower platens. Frames are available in either unguided and guided designs, depending on the application’s specific tooling considerations.

What are the Benefits of a C-Frame Press?

C-frame presses provide numerous advantages compared to other presses. Some of these benefits include:

  • Easy access. A C-frame press has three access points to the working area, allowing for easier die maintenance and adjustments. The multiple access points also allow part loading from the left, right, or front of the cell.
  • Affordable. C-frame presses are more cost-effective than straight-side presses, helping reduce the production line’s overall cost. 
  • Optimized space. With a narrow frame, C-frame presses take up less floor space and provide minimal stroke deflection.

C-Frame Press Applications

C-frame presses offer ideal performance in applications that require small bed sizes and tonnages ranging from 1-100 tons. C-frame presses can handle numerous operations including, but not limited to:

  • Punching: Piercing or cutting openings, including holes in sheet material, plates, or other parts
  • Blanking: Removing a piece of metal and retaining it while disposing of the rest as scrap
  • Coining: Compression of all workpiece surfaces throughout closed-die systems
  • Straightening: Stretching, twisting, or bending metal to straighten it, common for creating bars and tubes
  • Forming: Transforming flat sheet metal parts into 3D parts
  • Bending: Applying force to create angles in flat metal sheets or stock
  • Drawing: Pulling metal through a tapered die to convert it into a thinner part
  • Assembly: Fastening multiple parts together

C-frame presses support operations across an expansive range of industries, such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Ceramics
  • Consumer appliances
  • Industrial
  • Marine
  • Medical
  • Military and defense
  • Packaging
  • Pulp and paper

About HyperCyl’s C-Frame Presses

C-frame presses from HyperCyl typically support forming and assembly applications that require open fronts for simplified part loading and unloading. All of our frame designs are bead-blasted, normalized, primed, painted, and hold a very minimal deflection at full load, which is critical in assembly operations. We offer frames from 1-50 tons, including two-column unguided and four-column guided upper bolsters. We also offer custom sizes as high as 100 tons, and all of our C-frame presses meet current safety requirements.

In addition to other types of C-frame presses, we also offer CGB presses, a specific type of small-form C-frame press. As the most compact press offered by HyperCyl, our CGB presses are available from 2-30 tons with vertical guidance for anti-rotation and tool alignment. They consist of a one-piece, flame-cut, Blanchard ground steel frame, with HyperCyl hydra-pneumatic or HyperCyl-EMA drive units. Unlike larger C-frame presses, the CGB fits in tighter spaces to facilitate the stacking of multiple units side-by-side or where space is limited.

Regardless of application requirements and specifications, we have the right C-frame presses for your production line. To learn more about the presses we offer, contact us or request a quote today.


CONTROL OPTIONS

PLC1 Pass/Fail Control Package (shown with optional Hyperview-SC)

The PLC1 press control package is the most versatile control system for all HyperCyl presses. Easily upgradeable with various options, the PLC1 control package permits an unlimited amount of press functionality and program changes to accommodate different applications.

  • PLC Controller with 24 VDC Power Supply
  • Control Redundancey Relay
  • Optical Opto-Touch Two Handed Non-Tiedown-Anti-Repeat Press Initiate
  • E-Stop, Power On/Off Push Buttons
  • Auto Run/Jog Push Buttons
  • User Adjustable Pressure Achieved Ram Retract Control
  • Compete Pneumatic Controls with Main Air Filter, Regulator, Lubricator and Lock-Out/Tag-Out Valve
  • Ram Speed Flow Control

PLC1 Option

 


EC1 Control Package

The EC1 press control package provides basic, dedicated electric press control for all HyperCyl press systems. All control logic operator push buttons are contained within the two-hand control enclosure.

  • Self-contained, Dedicated Logic Control with 110VAC Power Cord
  • Photo-Optic Sensors for Press Initiate (insert finger(s) within .3 sec). Non-Tie Down, Anti-Repeat
  • **User Adjustable PRESSURE ACHIEVED Ram Retract Control**
  • Complete Pneumatic Controls with Main Air Filter, Regulator, Lubricator and Lock-Out/Tag-Out Valve
  • Part Contact (tooling closed) Power Stroke Sequence Sensor
  • Ram Speed Flow Control

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PN1 Control Package

The PN1 press control package provides basic, dedicated pneumatic press control for HyperCyl press systems. All control logic and operator push buttons are contained within the two-hand control enclosure.

  • Self-contained, Dedicated Logic Control
  • Light Actuation, Recessed Push Buttons for Press Initiate (insert finger(s) within .3 sec).
  • Non-Tie Down, Anti-Repeat
  • **User Adjustable TIME ACHIEVED Ram Retract Control**
  • Complete Pneumatic Controls with Main Air Filter, Regulator, Lubricator and Lock-Out/Tag-Out Valve
  • Part Contact (tooling closed) Power Stroke Sequence Sensor
  • Ram Speed Flow Control

Remote Operation Station

Where assembly processes, part size or operator safety and ergonomics do not permit the operator control to be located on the press, the remote operator station option places the operator two-hand control and E-Stop function controls on a remote stand. The stand can be positioned anywhere within 6 ft. of the press and is height adjustable from 30.00″ to 40.00″ All control lines are protected by heavy nylon sleeve, strain relieved. Connection by single plug-in to back of main control panel.

  • Multiple station operation – two operators required for press actuation
  • Ergonomically designed
  • Height adjustable, easily positioned for various applications

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