H-Frame Press Series

H-FRAME SUMMARY

H-frame presses are so named for their H-like shape. They consist of a steel frame, posts, a press cylinder, and, optionally, a movable middle bolster. Since they can have two or four posts, which can serve as a guide for a moving platen, they are also sometimes referred to as two-column or four-column presses. 

These presses are primarily used for assembly and forming applications that require a pass-through design for part loading and unloading operations. Materials can be passed from front to back and/or left to right before and after force is applied. The force required for the operation influences both the frame design and the cylinder size of the unit. 

Benefits of an H-Frame Press

H-frame presses have several advantages over other types of presses, such as: 

  • Simple design. The design of H-frame presses is simple, which means these press units take less time to engineer. As a result, they are often available at lower price points than C-frame presses
  • Easy material pass-through. H-frame presses have an open front, back, left, and right side. This design enables workers to load and unload material in any direction.
  • Large tooling suitability. H-frame presses can accommodate tooling with large footprints, such as rule dies.
  • Effective operation. The accuracy and precision of H-frame presses make them an effective option for various pressing needs. 

H-Frame Press Applications

H-frame presses can meet high-quality standards in nearly any forming and assembly application. Typical operations for them include: 

  • Bending: creating angles in the material to form V, U, or channel shapes
  • Blanking: cutting the component out of sheet or strip stock
  • Forming: deforming the material into a 3D shape
  • Straightening: bending, stretching, or twisting the material into a straight form
  • Piercing: adding holes or slots to a component
  • Cutting: removing material from a stock piece to achieve the right size and shape
  • Stamping: using a tool and die set to form the material into the desired net shape
  • Assembly: joining two or individual components together

Some of the industries that regularly utilize H-frame presses for their operations include: 

–  Aerospace

– Appliance

–  Automotive

– Munitions/DoD

About HyperCyl’s H-Frame Presses

At Aries Engineering / HyperCyl (AEC), we specialize in the manufacture of hydra-pneumatic components and equipment for assembly and forming applications. We offer a variety of press systems, including H-frame presses. 

Our standard H-frame presses are available in 1-ton to 50-ton sizes with unguided, two-column, or four-column guided bolsters. They have cylinder mounting plates, upper and lower bolsters, and tooling plates that are constructed of A36 steel and Blanchard ground. The columns are made from 100,000 tensile, 1045 ground polished, and chromed steel. The frames can be disassembled for customer machining or modification. 

We can also create custom H-frame presses, up to 200 tons of force, to meet highly unique or specific customer needs. Custom finishing options include black oxide coating, nickel coating, and Polane painting. 

Our larger H-frame presses systems use Superbolts to secure the plates and main posts. This design element reduces the amount of torque required compared to conventional fasteners without sacrificing durability in the face of immense forces. They also undergo a rigorous finite element analysis (FEA) process to verify they exhibit minimal deflection. In doing so, we ensure our systems offer high accuracy and precision, long tooling life, and less downtime. 

To learn more about our H-frame presses and how they can benefit your operations, contact us or request a quote today.

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2-POST UNGUIDED H-FRAME (HD2-XX)

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2-POST GUIDED H-FRAME (HD2G-XX)

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4-POST UNGUIDED H-FRAME (HD4-XX)

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4-POST GUIDED H-FRAME (HD4G-XX)

CONTROL OPTIONS

PLC1 Pass/Fail Control Package

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 Options

 

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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