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Changing Of The Guard

The electricity industry is looking at major changes over the next 20 years the like of which has been compared to the impact of cell phones on fixed land lines. Consumer demand for safe, reliable, affordable energy that meets tough environmental standards is also pushing the need for clean energy and renewable power sources.  Companies scrambling to enter these market segments with application specific parts are turning to cost-effective processing equipment like roll forming.

A large number of fabricators are specifying AIRAM pneumatic presses to bookend these lines. Cost efficient, flexible and eco-friendly, the low-maintenance pneumatic press can pre-punch, pre-notch or pre-form parts prior to rollforming then provide cut-off operations on the other end.

Unlike hydraulic or mechanical press options, the pneumatic press can move in and out of material three times faster without interrupting or slowing production.

AIRAM has a well-established track record in the rollforming industry, and like any true classic, the machine’s intrinsic value is illustrated by companies that are taking this sturdy workhorse and applying its technology in new ways to form high-performance, tight tolerance parts for emerging markets.

A Cut Above

Fabricators processing materials like paper, rubber, plastic and light steel trim need presses that deliver higher acceleration for a cleaner cut, yet are cost-effective and flexible. Airam’s pneumatic press is easy to set up, yet supports a versatile range of single stroke, hand-fed operations for processes that include forming, holding, steel rule die cutting, basic punching, press fitting and clamping.

Speed is the biggest challenge says John Bornhorst, vice-president of engineering. “We typically provide pneumatic presses in the 3 to 7 ton-range but can go higher. Our first step is to find out what a customer needs. We build our machines to specification so customers aren’t purchasing and maintaining more press than they need.” Quick die change allows the air press to accommodate different part types. Airam also provides a simple yet cost-effective anti-tie down pneumatic push button control.

With no electrical circuit, the fully pneumatic Airam press offers near-zero maintenance.  In today’s business landscape, a machine that can handle a variety of different parts and materials versus a single press dedicated to the production of a single part just makes good economic sense.