A hydraulic press generally does not achieve the high cycling speeds of a similar-sized mechanical press but offers more versatility by providing variable stroke length, die space and pressure. The hydraulic press is often the best choice when producing parts that have deep, complex forms or that require a lot of material flow. Tanks, cylinders, bowls or any parts that require a dwell at the bottom of the stroke are often run on hydraulic presses.
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Why would I use a hydraulic instead of a servo or mechanical press?
A hydraulic press is ideal when you need full tonnage at any point in the stroke profile and full energy at any speed. With a lot of flexibility in die height and stroke length, a hydraulic press can achieve deeper draws and more complex forms.
Are there any disadvantages to a using a hydraulic vs. a servo or mechanical press?
The primary disadvantage of a hydraulic press is a relative reduction in production speed.
What is the cost of a hydraulic vs. a servo or mechanical press?
Typically, hydraulic presses are more cost effective, but the specific application requirements of each case should be assessed.