Top Equipment Upgrades for Industrial Presses in 2024

Industrial presses continue to play a vital role in manufacturing. As new technologies expand across manufacturing and assembly, the abilities of presses continue to expand as well. Looking forward, we can make a few predictions for the top equipment upgrades for industrial presses in 2024.

Top Equipment Upgrades for Industrial Presses in 2024

There are a wide variety of equipment upgrades possible for industrial and factory presses. Which ones are right for you will depend on your industry and goals. In this blog post, we’ll explore a few equipment upgrades which are likely to be most impactful or common, and why this might be so.

Our prediction is that 2024 will see the following upgrades across manufacturing industries and sectors:

  • Energy-Efficient Presses
  • Added Automations
  • Smart/Data Monitoring Technology

Let’s dive into each of these and see what kind of equipment that might entail and why these are the main upgrades we’ll be seeing over the year and farther into the future.

Energy-Efficient Presses

Energy-efficiency is becoming a larger and larger priority for manufacturers of all sizes. Energy prices are likely to fluctuate under impacts from multinational conflicts and regulatory pressure to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and future-minded manufacturers will be looking for energy-efficient machinery. Energy-efficient presses can help manufacturers reduce energy costs long-term.

There are many different ways to make presses more energy-efficient. Here are a few ways to improve energy efficiency for your presses.

  • Right-sized press: One of the easiest ways to improve energy efficiency is to simply get the right-sized press for the job. Then, your press is not using excessive force each time it operates.
  • Maintain repairs: Old or broken seals, valves, or other components will cause the press to work harder, without providing better results. Keeping your press in good condition will help to maintain performance and energy efficiency.
  • Type of press: Hydraulic presses are among the most common types of presses, but they also demand a lot of energy. Pneumatic and hydropneumatic presses have a much lower footprint, and can still meet or even exceed production goal requirements. Servo electric presses are efficient, but come at a pretty penny and may not be necessary for each operation.

Automation

Automation is another equipment upgrade for industrial presses that cannot be overlooked. Automated presses and processes are attainable for a wider variety of manufacturers and industries, from large-scale factories producing hundreds of units a day, to smaller manufacturers focused on specialty products. As this technology continues to be more accessible and versatile, it will become a larger and larger part of many operations.

Automation does not necessarily mean every task is completed by the machine. Automation technology is varied; in many cases, a few tasks may be automated, while others require human guidance. For example, a machine may be able to complete a process on its own, but a person may need to move a component or workpiece from one station to another.

Automated technology generally works best when the process is simple and repetitive, or dangerous and thus worth the expense to remove an operator from it. This makes automations ideal for many simple pressing or assembly jobs, especially when producing multiple units.

Monitoring Technology

In general, more data allows you to make better decisions. This principle applies to press technology as well. Monitoring technology, like force and distance monitoring, gives you more insights into how your press is working, and whether or not you’re making conforming parts or assemblies.

There are many different types of sensors and monitoring devices that can provide a wide range of data throughout your factory. Here’s a few reasons why monitoring technology and data collection is expected to be an important and increasingly common equipment upgrade for industrial presses in 2024 and beyond:

  • Reduce defects: Monitoring technology can show how a machine completed a task, including whether or not it reached its expected force requirements, or made a full cycle. If it didn’t, the task might not have been completed properly, which can show whether or not a defect is likely.
  • Reduce unexpected downtime: By monitoring the machine’s performance, force output, energy output, production rate, and other factors, operators can see when the machine needs maintenance, which can avoid unexpected breakdowns.
  • Full visibility: With more data about different machine’s operations, energy usage, production, and more, you have more complete information about your entire facility. This allows you to pinpoint and solve issues more easily, and monitor production more effectively.

We predict that late adapters to high-efficiency and/or “smart” manufacturing will begin to get on board with one or more likely, a combination of these features. People looking to upgrade equipment will increasingly opt for presses that factor in lower energy consumption and the inclusion of automation and data processing technology, or the ability to integrate that technology in the future.

Take a look at this 2.5 ton press equipped with force and distance monitoring and a Cognex Insight Vision Camera and Sensor to error-proof a pin insertion process.

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force and distance monitoring case study

Technology changes fast, and making predictions can be a challenge. However, these technologies continue to grow and produce better and better results. If you’re considering upgrading your press with new technology in 2024, contact us. We can help you find the best new press technology to meet your needs, including new presses, upgrades, and refurbishment on our older AHI press equipment.