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Mainly used to manufacture composite materials, one of the most common applications for platen presses is in the forestry industry to condense wood material and forest products, producing composites like particle board and plywood. Read More…

Platen Presses Platen presses are large, industrial hydraulic presses that use two large, heated steel plates to crush, condense, mold and form different products.
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Concord, ON  |  905-669-2253

The hydraulic press industry is competitive, but in a sea of competitors, we are among the best! We offer ISO 9000:2000 certification, and we work with customers to create the ideal designs for their unique circumstances.

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Macrodyne Hydraulic Presses & Automation $$$

Paterson, NJ  |  973-345-0660

When it comes to the hydraulic press industry, you want nothing but the very best! We have over 50 years of experience in the industry manufacturing quality products for our customers.

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Grimco Presses Inc. $$$

Garfield Heights, OH  |  216-587-2885

Our hydraulic press designs are one-of-a-kind. We work with our customers to determine the best hydraulic presses for their applications. Here at Savage Engineering & Sales, Inc. we take customer satisfaction very seriously.

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Savage Engineering & Sales, Inc. $$$

De Pere, WI  |  920-347-1983

Trinks is a leader in the hydraulic press and plastic processing industry and has over 80 years of experience developing solutions for the most challenging applications. We specialize in designing and engineering custom hydraulic presses for compression, transfer, and vacuum molding. All equipment is designed, manufactured, assembled, and tested in-house and can be delivered to any place in the world. We also provide various after-sale services such as training and maintenance.

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Trinks Inc. $$$

Malibu, CA  |  800-437-7377

At Sutherland Presses, you will find a complete line of hydraulic presses, power presses and mechanical power presses, plus superior after sales service and support. Our world-class innovative press frame and drive designs will bring you success. You can call Team Sutherland ANY time for new press installation, preventative maintenance or urgent service issues.

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Sutherland Presses $$$

Piqua, OH  |  937-773-3420

French®, founded in 1900, is an ISO-certified, family-owned U. S. company that designs, manufactures and supports process equipment for the molding, oilseed, pulping and synthetic rubber industries. Our hydraulic presses and other machines provide integrated solutions to improve productivity and lower overall production costs.

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French Oil Mill Machinery Company $$$
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Platen presses form a vast variety of products, including rubber and plastic products such as mats and sheets. Additionally, the aircraft and aerospace industries use platen presses for airplane components like noses, nacelles, doors and seating structures.

Conveyor belts, bullet-proof helmets and body armor, car bodies, ship components, some furniture, tires, stainless steel kitchen sinks, appliance parts, laminate, freeway signs, honeycomb panels and other structural components are also formed by platen presses because they are able to easily form even the toughest materials by using so much force in combination with heat.

Research and testing facilities use platen presses for impact testing by crushing the test object between two platens. In plastic packaging, the vacuum molding machines that seal the plastic around the product are considered platen presses, since the plastic edges are crushed and melted between two heated metal plates.

Platen presses are hydraulically powered and use extreme amounts of pressure to compact different materials together to form a new product or reduce the size of scraps. This type of hydraulic press is defined by the large, heavy, flat metal plates that crush and condense materials between them.

The design of these plates features a bottom and top platen, stacked upon each other and while the bottom platen usually remains stationary, the top one moves up and down.

Molded products like kitchen sinks and tires are formed by platen presses that have molds attached to the platens. Each platen weighs several tons, and is considered the heaviest and strongest component of the press.

The platens are heated by oil, steam, water or electricity, and raise the temperature enough so that the material is malleable, but not molten.

In order to produce a quality product, platen presses must have temperature uniformity throughout each platen, even load distribution, temperature range and platen stability under high pressure.

Every component in a platen press is made of structural steel; the platens are most often stainless steel. They are often equipped with rapid cooling systems to quicken the forming process by decreasing the product's cure and dry time.

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