Is Your Factory Press Outdated?

is your factory press outdated?

Factory presses are critical across a wide range of assembly and manufacturing operations. For many operations, it’s tempting to keep your press working for as long as it can. However, if your factory press is outdated, it might be running slower and less efficiently than your competitors. That means leaving money on the table. If you think your factory press is outdated, here’s what to look for.

Is Your Factory Press Outdated? 5 Signs to Look For

New doesn’t always mean better, but outdated often means competitors are working faster. It can be hard to know when your press is outdated, and hard to justify an upgrade. Looking at these signs can help you make a decision.

1. Critical Data is Lacking

Today’s press improvements and modifications, like force and distance monitoring, can give factory managers and engineers important data that can improve press performance, remove bottlenecks, detect and contain product defects, detect maintenance issues, and much more. If other parts of your factory are using data monitoring tools, but your press has become a blind spot, this is a clear sign that your press is outdated.

In most cases, breaks in the data chain weaken the data overall, making your other investments in new technology less valuable and less useful. Integrating force and distance monitoring on your press with your existing data-gathering tools can give you full visibility across the various processes within your production.

If you are not sure whether data monitoring tools are worth investing in, consider the impact this information could have on your process. Have you struggled with product defects, and uncovering where they originated or how they occurred? Has unscheduled maintenance and downtime become an expensive problem? Are you unsure how to make process improvements or add features to your products in the most efficient way? The data and data simulation capabilities provided by force and distance monitoring can help you solve each of these problems more efficiently.

2. Safety Features Are Behind

Safety features for factory presses have improved substantially over the past several years. Not only do these safety features better protect employees and reduce your company’s liability, but they can also make the press’s operation more efficient and reliable. Keeping your safety features up-to-date can also make safety inspections much less stressful.

3. Surrounding Machines Improved

In some instances, the improvements throughout the rest of the factory can indicate when some machines are falling behind. If the other machines around your factory press have recently been replaced or upgraded, it’s a good sign that the remaining factory press is outdated. Consider how long it’s been since you’ve upgraded or updated your press. Have other tools in your manufacturing process gained features or capabilities that your press is lacking?

4. Energy Use is Unusually High

Energy use has become an increasingly large cost for most manufacturers, and this is likely to continue. New factory presses are designed with production efficiency and energy efficiency in mind. The US Department of Energy estimates that improving the efficiency of pneumatic presses, for example, can reduce energy consumption by as much as 35%.

It can be difficult to benchmark the appropriate energy use or costs of your press, especially if the machine is not equipped with modern data-gathering functions. However, if your energy costs have climbed to levels that don’t make sense with production, your most energy-intensive machines, like your press, may be to blame. Optimizing pneumatic systems, in particular, can yield high energy savings. Hydraulic systems with high-voltage energy requirements, as well as high demands for hydraulic fluid, also use high amounts of energy, and changing to an optimized hydropneumatic system can reduce energy bills substantially.

Take a look at our C-Series Air Over Oil Presses or SIG-Series Force and Distance Monitoring Presses, which are perfect energy-efficient upgrades from Hydraulic.

5. Maintenance is Frequent

High maintenance demands are often a symptom that the machine is not working as well as it could be, or was before. This is especially true for unscheduled maintenance and unexpected shutdowns. Sudden downtime can be extremely expensive, and frequent downtime is a good sign that your factory press is outdated.

Modern presses can prevent unexpected maintenance conditions in a variety of ways. The data-gathering tools previously mentioned can show when the press is not performing as expected, and these conditions can issue an alert to engineers. Regularly monitoring data trends can show signs of a problem, and give engineers the information they need to fix it, before it becomes a serious problem.

There’s no absolute guidelines or conditions to show your factory press is outdated. These are a few signs that your press may be outdated, and that you can benefit from modifications, or a new model. To learn more about press modifications or the benefits a new press can give you, contact our press experts. We can answer your questions about any new press or modifications, and help you make an informed decision.