Beckwood Press hydraulic ring expander systems are used to form strong, symmetrical, ring-shaped parts from various high-strength materials, including Inconel, Hastelloy and titanium, among others.

New Series of Hydraulic Ring Expanders

Dec. 10, 2014
Process helps minimize material thinning, eliminates stress-point issues associated with rolling and machining Precision programmability, recipe functionality Engineered for “infinite life” Remote connectivity

BECKWOOD PRESS CO., manufacturers of advanced hydraulic press technologies, expanded its product offering with a line of hydraulic ring expander systems, which are used to form strong, symmetrical, ring-shaped parts — products commonly used in aerospace and turbine engine manufacturing — to help minimize material thinning and stress-point issues common in traditional rolling and machining of rings in various high-strength materials, including Inconel, Hastelloy and titanium, among others.

The new machines can be customized to the individual user’s needs, including jaw diameter, jaw height, jaw travel, tonnage capacity, and other expander specifications. Drawing on its experience with industrial machine control, Beckwood’s ring expanders are provided with precision programmability and recipe functionality via an Allen Bradley control platform.

“Throughout the past decade, Beckwood has developed into a total solutions provider,” said Beckwood president, Jeffrey Debus. “Companies across the globe are benefiting from our 360-degree manufacturing capabilities, with the ability to single source a variety of quality manufacturing equipment including hydraulic presses, hot forming presses, stretch forming machines, sheet hydroforming presses and, now, ring expanders,” concluded Debus.

Each Beckwood ring expander structure is engineered for Infinite Life using the finite element design analysis software. The designs are built to withstand the high forming and surface forces generated during the ring-expansion process. Systems are provided with replaceable wear pads between the jaw segments and the jaw cone.

As is standard with every Beckwood-manufactured system, Beckwood’s ring expanders come equipped with Beckwood’s PressLink system for remote connectivity, for fast and efficient support from the factory via a standard Ethernet connection. Built-in redundancies, such as dual pressure transducers also minimize unexpected downtime.

Beckwood Press is a U.S.-based manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses for various industrial applications, including a line of high-temperature hot forming presses for forming aerospace structural parts.