The Added Value of Radius Engineering Press Technology
All presses designed and fabricated
by Radius Engineering consist of three main structural
parts: upper bolster, lower bolster and platen base.
The upper and lower bolsters are connected together
in a near parallel position. Pneumatic hoses running
the length of the press support the platen base. Tooling
is then positioned on the platen base. The pneumatic
hoses are filled with air, forcing the platen base and
tooling against the upper bolster. This creates the
"Daylight", or the space between
the platens which accepts the tooling can be adjusted
two ways, manually, by hand, or mechanically, by use
of motor-driven screw jack actuators. Manual Daylight
Adjustment is used for high production applications,
where daylight is not changed often. Mechanically Adjusted
Daylight is used for applications with short run production
or development, where Daylight is frequently changed.
Presses usually include handling equipment
for transferring tools into or out of a press, ("tool
transfer"), and can optionally be fitted with equipment
for opening and closing tools. Shuttle carts for moving
tools (or molds) around a manufacturing facility can
also be provided.
A control system is included with each
press, this creates a workstation. The control system
will monitor and control the heat zones, as well as
monitor the clamping pressure. Data acquisition can
optionally be included in a control system as well as
an interface to a customer's computer network.