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Forum topic by Mainiac Matt posted 08-20-2018 01:22 PM 562 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mainiac Matt

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08-20-2018 01:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: die press rigging heavy crane

I thought some of you LJs might get a kick out of this. We purchased a new die press for our foam fab shop at work. It’s an Italian made 220 ton hydraulic, retracting head beam press that weighs 22,000 lbs.

We had just one problem. Our largest fork truck can only lift 9,000 lbs. So we looked into leasing a larger fork truck to make the move, but the mast height on that lift was taller than the height of our only ground floor door (and way taller than our loading dock doors).

So we had to get creative and bring in this big boy….

When you see YouTube videos of tractor trailers going over a bridge into a deep ravine, this is the type of rig they send to pluck them back out.

So we dragged the skidded press out of the shipping container at an outdoor dock, plucked it onto a flat bed with the tow truck crane. Drove it up to the foam shop and again plucked it off the flat bed, then we used the tow truck boom to sneak it into the ground height door.

Once inside on smooth level concrete, we slid it across the shop floor and into position with two fork trucks working in tandem.

This press was a major investment for us, but we’ve been squeaking by with a 110 ton press and have needed a 200 ton plus press for years. So we’re really looking forward to upping our game and banging out both large footprint and complex parts. (the pressure required to die cut depends on both the material density and the total inches of rule in the cutting die).

Hope you enjoyed the pics.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 08-20-2018 01:39 PM

I love it thanks Matt :<)))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 08-20-2018 01:57 PM

Here’s a pic from the manufacturer of the press all set up with the safety guards and ready for action.

$160,000 of hydraulic goodness


-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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