French Oil Mill Machinery and TMP recently developed a hydraulic press system to improve the part quality of critical composite aerospace components while dramatically reducing production cost, energy consumption and noise emissions.
The downacting, sideplate hydraulic press system is designed with an Integrated RTM Package and Precision Control Motion Package. Also included in the rugged design are French’s patented tapered keys which extend the life of the headblock, sideplates and main cylinder. The reservoir and hydraulic power are mounted on top of the headblock, reducing the overall footprint of the press. A platform with ladder is provided to allow access and serviceability. The energy efficient hydraulic has been designed to reduce horsepower and noise throughout the moulding cycle.
According to French Oil, the press comes standard with steel, multi-zone electrically heated platens that are rated to 500º F and have nickel plated water cooling passages for corrosion resistance. Each platen includes edge insulation for enhanced temperature uniformity and provides three stages of cooling. Customers may choose to upgrade to our specialised Uni-Temp platens foreven more advanced temperature control for both heating and cooling phases.
It says that customers may also elect to include the Edge II Control System, a specialised recipe and data collection system programmed to monitor critical processing data, insuring consistent results. Customers can create and store process recipes, then capture and retrieve data with chart and display graphs on a colour touchscreen interface. The system has an Ethernet communication port, allowing integration into the customer’s plant system. Further, French engineers can log into the permission-based control system remotely to make electrical upgrades or for troubleshooting.
A mould cart with casters is available to allow easy tooling transport from the layup or tooling room to the press room. Guides are provided to insure proper alignment between the cart and the press. Low friction rollers or bearings allow the tooling to be manually loaded and unloaded between the cart and the press.
French Oil explains that it provides technical assistance to re-assemble and start-up the press once it arrives at the customer’s facility. In addition, the French Oil technician will facilitate basic operation training to help the customer start moulding their critical components soon after delivery.