Four Column Hydraulic Press Operation Manual


  1. Application and Features
  2. Structure Overview
  3. Hydraulic System Brief Description
  4. Electric System Overview
  5. Installation and Testing Running
  6. Common faults and Solution
  7. Maintenance, Safety Operation Rules
  8. Vulnerable Components List

1. Hydraulic press application & features:

This hydraulic press machine is suitable for all kinds of metal material suppression process, such as punching, bending, flanging, and so on. Can also be engaged in the calibration, press and press forming of metal products

The hydraulic press has independent power organization and electrical system, and uses the button common control, Process action is controlled by PLC programmable controller, and can be adjusted and semi – automatic operation.

This hydraulic press working pressure, pressing speed, travel range can be adjusted according to technology needs.

2. Hydraulic press structure overview:

This hydraulic press machine consists of master motor and control mechanism, integrated together through pipelines and electric devices. Main motor includes: machine frame, master cylinder, stroke limiting device etc. Control mechanism includes: hydraulic pump station (power system), electric cabinet. Structure and functions of aforementioned parts are as follows:

2.1 Hydraulic press machine frame

Machine frame mainly consists of beam, workbench, hydraulic pad, and slider, and vertical columns, and tight nut and the regulation nut, four basic columns, upper beam and workbench are tightly fixed on its ends through locking nuts with slider on its center, machine accuracy is adjusted by regulation nut and locking nut fixed on the beam, slider and piston rod of master cylinder are connected by locking nuts and relies on four columns for oriented up and down movement, slider and moveable workbench all are equipped with T channel, which is convenient for die installation, its dimensions see drawing.

2.2 Master Cylinder

Master cylinder is fastened on the upper beam through cylinder shoulders and large locking nuts. Piston bottom ends connection adopts flange, screw and slider, piston heads are made from cast iron and equipped with reverse sealing ring  outside and “O” shape sealing ring  inside to form two oil chambers, cylinder opening is equipped with sealing rings  as well and fastened by flanges to ensure the sealing of lower chambers. Upside and lower side of flange are also equipped with sealing ring.

2.3 Hydraulic pad

Hydraulic pad is installed in the workbench, fixed with top cylinder by locking nut, making up and down movement; the structure of top cylinder is same with that of master cylinder.

2.4 Electric cabinet

The electric cabinet can be moved randomly and with buttons, time relay and auto switch on the surface.

2.5 Stroke limiting device

Strike limiting device is located on the right side of the machine, consisting of bracket, ram, limit switch etc, slider can be adjusted by adjusting the ram position.

2.6 Hydraulic pump station (power system)

Hydraulic pump station consists of oil tank, high-pressure pump, motor, and cartridge valve etc, welded tank with filter screen inside.

3. Hydraulic system theory

Hydraulic system theory sees as attached drawing-hydro theory drawing- and action sequence list, here now we take semi-auto working cycle as example to demonstrate the hydraulic theory:

First, connect with power, press down SB3、SB5 to start the motor, At present, due to all electric valves still be on idle states, the oil flowing out form high-pressure pump will reflow back to oil tank, the system is be on no-load cycling circulation state.

With both hands press down the SB6、SB7, at the time, solenoids YA1、YA5 will be powered on, and oil coming from high-pressure pump flows into upper chamber of master pump, YA5 powered on will make valve 11 connect together with P and B, A and T, oil in the lower chamber will flow back to oil tank through valve 11 and slider on no-supporting state will quickly move downward due to its self weight. At this time, oil in pump is incompetent to supplement the upper chamber of master cylinder and form negative pressure which will suck the oil-infusing valve open, making oil in oil-supplying drum infuse into master cylinder upper chamber heavily. Therefore slider will quickly run down.

When the slider run down and approaching SQ2 switch, the switch will release signals for continuing power YA1,and cut off YA5, then the oil must overcome supporting valve pressure before return back to oil tank, and lower chamber forming reverse pressure reducing the descending speed, therefore, slider cannot decent relying on its self weight and slow down.

When slider run down and touch the workpieces and the system pressure increase up to prescribed pressure in pressure gauge SPI, the system will give out signal to discharge solenoid, the pump will enter into no-load circulation state, time relay KT1 connected and enter into press-holding time-delay condition.

When time-delay increases up to pre-setting time, delay contacts KT1 release signal to power YA2 and YA6, and low-pressure valve adjusts the system oil and generates pressure, and the system will be on low-pressure state, meanwhile pump oil will open the unloading valve on infusing valve, unloading the high-pressure oil in upper chamber. During the time, put through the time relay KT2 and begin time-delay unloading.

When KT2 pre-setting time for pressure relief comes to end, KT2 give out signal for charging YA2 and cutting off YA6.then all oil from pump will flow into master cylinder lower chamber to increase the back stroke pressure. Upper chamber oil flows back to infusing drum through master valve of infusing valve to drive slider back.

When back stroke approaching near SQ1 prescribed position, system will give out signals to discharge YA2 and stop back stroke. Meanwhile, YA3 will be charged, system flow into lower chamber of top cylinder, its pressure can be adjusted by overflow valve, and realize automatically kick-out the work pieces until touch the SQ5.

When press down the SB13 button, the YA4 and YA6 will be charged, P and A of valve will be connected, T and B connection will open 20b valve, and enter into upper chamber of top cylinder, realizing top cylinder retreat action, YA6 charged can decrease the oil pressure in lower chamber of master cylinder, making preparation for next working cycle.

Come to here, a complete circulation have been finished.

4. Electric system overview

  4.1 Brief introduction of hydraulic press

The hydraulic press machine suits for 380V、50Hz power, control circuit voltage is 220V supplying by transformer.

The hydraulic press is equipped with dedicated electric cabinet which can be placed randomly; on the door: switch, control buttons and signal lamps, in the cabinet are various controller, such as power switch, programmable controller, thermal relay, AV contactor, time relay, transformer and intermediate relay and so on. According to the pressing technology requirements, the machine can be classified into two kinds of manipulation ways: manual and semi-automation, mainly used to adjust the machine and die and carry out slider down, back stroke, ejecting and retreat piston etc, pressing corresponding buttons to start its action, releasing for stop working.

Under semi-auto condition, once pressing forming can be done only by pressing the”work”button.

    4.2 Technical parameters for driving device and electrics

The hydraulic press pump uses three-phase squirrel-cage asynchronous motor, its model and specification as follows:

Y180L-6     22KW     ~380V      1470rpm     two sets

Solenoid directional control valve of the machine hydraulic system is driven by wet-type electromagnet, the number of electromagnet is 16, operating voltage is DC 24V.

Main technical parameters displayed on electrical data tag are as follows:

Total power: 44kW

Voltage: ~380V

Phase No: 3

Frequency: 50Hz

Rated Current of general fuse: 100A

Protection Rate: IP54

    4.3 Stroke signaling components

Each limit switch functions:

SQ1—Slider back stroke limit switch

SQ2—signl switch of slider back stroke

SQ3—limit switch of limiter

SQ4—upper limit switch on the hydraulic pad

SQ5—lower limit switch on the hydraulic pad

Electric operation method

Brief introduction of current technology procedures:

First initiate the motor, the rotating direction of motor shall be consistent with pump direction, otherwise, the system cannot work, even breakdown.

  • Initial position: use inching action to make the slider back to extreme position, then the SQ1 limit switch begin to work and eject the piston to the low position and trigger the SQ5 limit switch;
  • Operation procedures:

First turn the SA1 switch to “semi-auto” position.

Properly adjust the limit SQ1-SQ10,SP1-SP2 limit switch according to the technology requirements.

After completing the aforementioned steps, press down the “both hand pressing” button, then the machine begin to work according prescribed processing procedure until finishing the following actions:

  • SQ1 signaling, slider quickly run down
  • SQ2 signaling, slider slowly run down
  • SP1 signaling, slider prolongs pressure-holding time.
  • KT1 signaling, slider pressure relief
  • KT2 signaling, slider back stroke

By to now, a complete semi-auto circulation action has been finished, other actions implement need to press corresponding buttons.

  4.4 Other actions

  • “Emergency stop”: when the machine encounters some emergency needing stop all work immediately, can press down the SB1 button, and the machine will stop working at once.
  • “Emergency stroke”: when the machine encounters some emergency, the slider need return stroke at once, can press down the SB1 button, then the machine will stop working immediately.
  • Cut off power: when need to use the machine, the first step you need do is to turn the rotary switch to “turn on power” position, when finish work, turn the rotary switch to “turn off power” position.

    4.5 Electric interlocking and electric protection device

6.1 The master circuit shall adopts automatic switch for short circuit protection, the motor shall use thermal overheat relay in case of overload protection; control circuit adopts small-sized high breaking circuit breaker in case of circuit short.

6.2 Photoelectric alarm: the hydraulic press is equipped with photoelectric protection program, users can prepare photoelectric protector, its interface: 220V power, wire No. “0,12”; Hold-open signal wire No. “60,84”.

6.3 All electric equipments shall equipped with special grounding devices for safety.

  4.6 Electric components list of hydraulic press:

QF1Small high-breaking circuit breakerDZ47-6313P30A
QF2Small high-breaking circuit breakerDZ47-6312P3A
QF3Small high-breaking circuit breakerDZ47-6311P3A
QF4,5Small high-breaking circuit breakerDZ47-6321P1A
QF6,7Small high-breaking circuit breakerDZ47-6321P6A
KA1-19Intermediate relayRE-407AL1924V


SQ1-10Limit switchGB0524NA10

Belt lamp

SB6,7Mushroom-head buttonLAY7-11/M2
SB20Mushroom-head buttonLAY7-11/M1
KM1-6AC contactor3TF46/220V6
KM7AC contractor3TB43/220V1
PLCProgrammable controllerFXON-60MR1
KT1,2Time relayJSS20/~220V2
KT3,4Time relayJSZ0/~220V2
QSAir switchDZ20-100/341
TCControl transformerJBK3-4001
VCDC power1
YA1-19Electromagnet17Follow with hydraulic
HL1Signal lampLAY7-XD/251~6V White
HL4,5Signal lampLAY7-XD/212~6Vd Red

5. Installation and testing of hydraulic press

When the hydraulic press machine unloaded on destination first carefully wipe away the antirust oil. Pay attention to gravity center selection when hanging, and put protection pad on contact position, avoiding use thin sheet for loading in case of damaging the meters and components.

The hydraulic press shall be installed on concrete foundation, the foundation design see attaching drawing, as for other waterproof measures and safety lighting device etc shall be designed by user according to actual conditions.

Hydraulic press installation steps as follows:

  1. First, put the hydraulic pad in the workbench, and then put the movable workbench on the workbench. Inset the columns into the four holes on slider and workbench, then install the power mechanism and electric cabinet and make level, finally, use foundation screws fasten on the ground.
  2. Hang and put the master cylinder and upper beam into the column during the period, block the piston of master cylinder to prevent the piston falling down and have an accident, when finish installing work, screw up the nut, and remove the fastener.
  3. Connect the pipeline, electric circuit, stroke limit device etc according to outline drawing, hydraulic theory drawing, electric theory drawing etc, infuse suitable amount oil into clean tank, recommended oil amount is approx.1200L
  4. Twist open the oil valve of pump, infuse oil to full to eliminate the air in the pump, and loose the handle of pressure-adjusting valve( safety valve), by to now, almost all machine testing preparation have put into place.
  5. Power on and start the motor, its turning direction shall be line with specification, otherwise, exchange the power connectors, then officially start the motor, let the oil pump run without load.
  6. Turn the switch to “adjustment” position, press down the button SB8,let the master piston run down, the piston head must properly lead into the positioning hole of slider, then install the connecting nut between piston and slider and leave 3-5mm gap to connecting flange, adjust the pressure valve to increase the pressure in master cylinder up to 5MPa,fasten the connecting nut with wrench on pressure-holding condition.
  7. Press down SB9 button to let the slider back stroke, put two pressure-test plate on the workbench, the center of the plate shall be under the piston rod; testing plate size f320x650(mm),top and bottom shall parallel, parallelism error shall less than 0.02/500mm,and the plate shall can bear 500T or more pressure, then adjust parallelism and verticality between slider and workbench, finally, fix the upper beam and fastening nut.
  8. Testing under loading condition
  • See hydraulic theory drawing, adjust the back valve pressure until the slider will not slip on any position, and also notice that the pressure shall not be too large, upper chamber pressure of master cylinder less than 1MPa is preferable when slowly run down.
  • Pressure range shall be controlled within 5MPa-25MPa,namely, divided into three times from 80t to 500t.

6. Common faults and troubleshooting solutions

1 Action failure1.Electric connecting wire become loose or connecting wrong1.Inspect the electric
2.Control oil tank pressure is insufficient2.Properly increase the oil pressure up to 1.5MPa
3.Oil volume too little3.Add more oil
2Slider crawl1.Some air accumulated in the system or pump suck air1.Inspect whether some air come into the oil pipe, then move times and increase pressure
2.Improper accuracy adjustment or vertical column lacks oil2.Add some oil into the vertical column, readjusting the accuracy
3Slider holds some pressure when slowly run downBearing pressure too large Adjusting back valve to fully release pressure in the upper chamber, Max. pressure shall less than 1 MPa
4Slider slips heavily when stop the machine1.Sealing ring on the cylinder mouth leakage1.Inspec the cylinder brim, if leaks, replace it
2.Pressure is too small or leakage2.Adjust the pressure and check the cylinder brim
5Pressure gauge pointer swing heavily1.There are some air in the oil pipe of pressure gauge1.Slightly loose the connector to release air when increase pressure
2.Pipeline mechanical vibration2.Firmly fasten the pipeline
3.The pressure gauge have been broke down3.Exchange the pressure gauge
6High-pressure stroke speed is not enough, increase pressure slow1.Flow of high-pressure  is too small1. Adjust according to the pump instruction, and eccentric can adjust to 5 steps when 25MPa
2.Pump wears or burns2. If oil back mouth is heavily damaged, dismount for inspect
3.System inter leakage heavily3. First, inspect whether the infusing valve have been closed, then inspect other components respectively
7Pressure relief is too quick under pressure-holding condition1. Valve mouth concerned pressure holding is not fully sealed or pipeline leakage1. Inspect the infusing valve, and pressure holding& relief condition
2. The sealing rings are damaged2.Replace new sealing rings

All aforementioned faults only can sum up the common faults, and just for your reference, as for actual faults meet daily use, first analyze the possible reasons, then shoot the problems one by one.

7. Maintenance & safety operation rules

Rightly use the hydraulic press machine; seriously abide by maintenance and safety operation rules is premise for prolonging the service life and safety production. Therefore, familiar with the machine structural performance and operation procedure shall take priority over all other considerations, furthermore, here we offer some tips for maintenance and safety operation based on the general condition for user reference.

7.1 Maintenance

  1. we recommend adopts N46 hydraulic oil, if, machine oil or turbine oil shall be subject to the temperature, when the room temperature is less than 20°C, 20# machine oil or 22# turbine oil are acceptable, when the room temperature is higher than 30°C, 30# or 40# machine oil are acceptable, and the oil temperature shall be controlled within 15°C~60°
  2. Oil must be strictly filtered before infused into oil tank.
  3. Working oil shall be replaced every year; the first replace interval time shall not exceed three months.
  4. Regularly infuse some lubricating oil on the slider, the exposed surfaces of column and piston shall keep clean, and infused with machine oil each time before working.
  5. Acceptable eccentricity is 75mm under concentrated load nominal pressure of 500t;
  6. Inspect and calibrate the pressure gauge per half year.
  7. If the hydraulic press have lied idle for long time, all machined surfaces shall be clean and coated with antirust oil.

7.2 Safety operation rules of hydraulic press

  1. Operators who are unfamiliar with the hydraulic press structural properties or operation procedure can not start the hydraulic press without permission.
  2. All overhaul and die-adjustment work shall not be done during working.
  3. If any severe leakage or abnormal situation occur, such as unreliable action, noise too large, or vibration etc, shall stop the machine and analyses the reasons any machine with faults cannot be put into use.
  4. Exceeding the maximum eccentricity distance and maximum load use is forbidden.
  5. Exceeding the maximum stroke is forbidden, closed height of the die shall be not less than 500mm
  6. Electric grounding device must be reliable and solid.

8. Vulnerable components list of hydraulic press

Vulnerable components of master motor, master cylinder and top cylinder.

Part NameDrawing No.& CodeComponent NameMaterialQuantityRemarks
Master MotorGuide SleeveHT2008Attached drawings
Master cylinderTDM-YA320Sealing ringPU3
TDM-YA295  Sealing ringPU1
D320x5.7 “O” shaped ringOil resistant rubber2GB1235-76
D220x5.7 “O” shaped ringOil resistant rubber2GB1235-76
Piston headHT2001Attached drawings
Cylinder brim guide sleeve


HT2001Attached drawings
CylinderD140x3.1 “O” shaped ringOil resistant rubber2×4GB1235-76
D70x3.1 “O” shaped ringOil resistant rubber2×4GB1235-76
TDM-YA100Sealing ringPU2×4
TDM-YA140Sealing ringPU3×4
Cylinder guide sleeveHT2001×4Attached drawing
Piston headHT2001×4Attached drawing

2017-12-07T11:42:29+00:00 Punching|

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