Understanding Hydraulic Presses
Hydraulic presses can be utilized to produce glass or plastic products. However, since the press utilizes power that comes from the flow of water and/or hydraulic pressure, most people are familiar with what hydraulic presses do.
As mentioned, the press utilizes water or another medium to force a liquid through a “cylinder”. Presses typically use water or other fluids in some form for lubrication or other functions. A piston is used to force fluid into the cylinder, which causes the fluid to move along a chute of some sort before reaching the end of the cylinder.
Presses are used to both produce things that need to be handled by other machinery, and also to press or grind other materials. For example, a plumber might use a press to press a pipe or drain clean of grime. To obtain the desired material out of the pipe, the plumber would attach a hose to the press and release the pressure.
Hydraulic presses also have the ability to perform simple, repetitive tasks. For example, a machinist might have a press that he uses to build parts or assemble a machine. These jobs could involve hot-rolled steel components, stainless steel pieces, plastics, or any other material that can be formed. The press could also be used to apply pressure, which allows the machinist to weld different materials together.
Hydraulics can be used to create precision machines, but their use is often limited to more complex industrial settings. These machines are very expensive, often starting at hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Hydraulics are also used to clean up oil spills or any other large chemical spill. They can be used to remove toxic substances from groundwater, oceans, lakes, or rivers. Some of these systems can be very expensive and can require several hundred tons of seawater to be used.
The hydraulic press is still considered a relatively new technology, although it has been around for many years. Its uses are not only limited to industries such as mining and manufacturing, but can also be used for non-industrial purposes such as cleaning up oil spills.