Our customer, an automotive brake parts supplier, needed another 100 ton C-frame press for trimming the flash from the casting. This customer bought a similar press from Neff a few years earlier for the same application. Hand grinding of castings was a problem due to the amount of labor needed and the inconsistency related to operator change over.
Neff supplied a DF100-50M hydraulic C-frame press with several unique features. First of all Neff increased the standard frame dimensions to 50â€ daylight (net with a guided platen), 22â€ throat, an oversized bottom bolster (42â€ L-R x 33â€ F-B x 4â€ thick), and several cut-outs for part escapement.
The customer required a special Ram Control System with job recipe storage capabilities. Neff included servo-valves for position control, a proportional valve for tonnage control, and our standard linear transducer/pressure transducer included in this specific package. Each of these components and their functionality were programmable via the Allen Bradley PanelView 1000 Plus Operator Interface (Ethernet compatible). The press used an Allen Bradley SLC 5/03 PLC as a control platform. Neff supplied a detailed pictorial for maintenance purposes, due to 24 hour operation and the â€œno downtimeâ€ required on this press. Neff Press included safety light curtains with mirrors to guard the entire C-frame of the press.