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The First Electric 2000 kN Multiplaten Press

The OPP 2000 is the is the first CNC multi-platen electric press for high press forces, in future ranging from 1,000–5,000 kN. Until now, presses for higher forces have only been available with hydraulic, mechanical drives.

The OPP 2000 will lead to a new benchmark in operational efficiency by providing:

  • 80% saving in energy consumption
  • Gain in productivity with 98% uptime
  • Increased net-shape performance that saves on secondary operations
  • Infrastructure savings as no pit or external die-set change is required, saving costs
  • Moving transfer of  the press easy
  • Higher Uptime due to less maintenance

Hydraulic drives have disadvantages, including long start-up times and variations in press operation, which impact process precision and repeatability. This type of drive also has a higher rate of ageing, leading to leakages with the potential to contaminate the tool room and production parts. Such technical disadvantages are detrimental to the productivity, availability and maintenance costs of hydraulic presses.

The OPP 2000 is said to be suitable for a wide range of parts and applications from automotive to power and kitchen tools, gardening and home appliances. It will replace, in the mid-term, Osterwalder’s successful KPP, CA-NC and UPP press series, used widely in the production of automotive components. Osterwalder’s HMI Impressive, presented at Ceramitec 2015, will also be introduced into the OPP series in future.

The switch to an electric drive will improve the precision, repeatability and accuracy of the production process, making it possible for presses to meet customers’ requirements for more complex geometries and net shape parts. Reject Part Rates will be optimised as well.

F.A.S.T. on board!

The OPP 2000 is equipped with Osterwalder’s patent-pending Fast Assembly System for Tools (F.A.S.T), enabling the rapid exchange of press tools. The multi-platen die-set remains installed in the press at all times, while the tools are held in exchangeable fixtures which are very compact and can be transferred and stored in a rack. The tools are always at hand for changes in production.

The novel architecture on the X axes, enables high press forces to be applied on individual axes. While previous electric presses have offered limited counterforce, on the OPP 2000, both the top and bottom plates of the press can be loaded with maximum press force. The motor wedge system also offers a large adjustment track, maximising tool flexibility.

Improving the operators environment!

The new press also improves the operator environment by minimising emissions, leakage and noise. It does not require a pit or high working platform for the operator, but features an integrated stair top to reduce expensive infrastructural costs. Its compact design and a new guide system are said to optimise the accessibility of the entire tool area, which could make the operator’s work easier. Several patent applications are in progress.