Metal Form Products Co. Ltd. -

Located in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, Metal Form Products Co. Ltd is a leading manufacturer and distributor specializing in Clutch/Brake & Punch Press Control Systems since 1992 and is a leading supplier to many large manufacturing facilities across North America.

With years of experience in the safety control industry, we understand our customer's needs and industry requirements. Extensive research and development has enabled us to supply state of the art control systems.

Metal Form Products Co. Ltd. specializes in:

  • Industrial machine guarding systems (safety light curtains & safety mat systems)
  • Clutch/Brake, Punch Press Controls (Cam and Resolver based)
  • Hydraulic Brake Press Controls
  • Mechanical Brake Press Controls
  • Hydraulic Ram arrest systems
  • Ergonomic products for carpal tunnel syndrome control
  • Press Automation
  • Brake monitors
  • Die Protection
  • Tonnage Control
  • Custom applications
  • Data acquisitions
  • Long Warranties

 

 

OUR MENU

Clutch/Brake Controls

Press Accessories

Brake Press Controls

Machine Guarding & Safety Systems

Punch Presses Mechanical

Punch Presses Hydraulic

Press Feeding Equipment

Press Automation

OUR SERVICES

Clutch/Brake Controls
Metal Form Products Co. Ltd. offers a wide range of clutch/brake controls, which are used throughout the manufacturing and processing industries. These controls employ modern solid-state technology to provide optimum clutch/brake performance and ease of installation.

Press Accessories
Metal Form Products Co. Ltd. offers a wide range of press accessories, which are used throughout the manufacturing and processing industries. These accessories employ modern solid-state technology to provide optimum clutch/brake performance and ease of installation.

Brake Press Controls
Metal Form Products Co. Ltd. offers a wide range of hydraulic and mechanical press brake controls, which are used throughout the manufacturing and processing industries. These controls employ modern solid-state technology to provide optimum performance and ease of installation.

Machine Guarding & Safety Systems
Moving machine parts have the potential for causing severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, blindness or even death. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these needless and preventable injuries. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine or accidental contact with it can injure the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be either eliminated or controlled.

Punch Presses Mechanical
Although the punching of holes is often accomplished with die sets that also perform bending and forming, a punch press is designed specifically for the making of various shaped holes and cutouts on sheet metal and plate material. The punch press is fitted with punches and dies of the size and shape of the hole required.

For irregular and non-standard holes, the modern punch press is capable of nibbling. This refers to a series of successive “hits” following a predetermined pattern that creates the cutout. The punching action is accomplished by a vertical moving ram that forces the punch through the material and into a die through which the resulting slug is ejected. Additionally, a device to hold the material in place as the punch is withdrawn, call a stripper, is often an integral part of the punch tool.

The press ram may be activated manually, mechanically, or hydraulically. Mechanical punch presses use a system of flywheels, gears, and eccentrics to stroke the ram. This can generate from 8 to 60 tons of force with some larger models creating over 150 tons. Mechanical presses can operate faster than hydraulic models. Press Capacity is determined by not only available tonnage, but also by effective throat depth. This determines how large a workpiece the press can accommodate. Throat depth is measured from the center of the punching tool to the rear of the press. Other capacities are the movement of the carriage on which the work is mounted and the weight of the workpiece.

A press may have a single tool mounting station or multiple stations mounted in a revolving turret. Very heavy punching in plate structurals is done in the “ironworker.” These perform cutting and parting in addition to punching. Turret punches can hold from 12 to 70 punch assemblies and can be rotated depending on the press type, manually or automatically with a CNC system.

Tool changing can also be done in semi- and full automatic modes. By rapidly revolving and presenting a specific punch to the work, the punching speed is then determined by how fast the workpiece can be moved and positioned under the turret. CNC punching stations can achieve 500 strokes per minute.

Punch Presses Hydraulic
Hydraulic presses are available in a basic program with deep-drawing presses and large bed presses in the 1.000-120.000 kN force range. We use optimal concepts for presses for different types of press operations depending on the area of use. The concepts are based on technically advanced modules of hydraulics, control systems and frames.

The presses can be delivered as individual machines or as components of a complete production line. Our partner AP&T also manufactures and markets hydroforming presses with locking forces of up to 200.000 kN.

This production solution is suited for operation with cut blanks, circular or rectangular, where high production speed is required.

The hydraulic presses are equipped with large openings on each short side, which is of great advantage during tool changes. The number of presses in this type of production line is unlimited.

Tool set-up in this type of installation consists of one tool per press, and tool changes are performed quickly and easily on the short sides of the presses.

The distance between the presses can be made very short by using our compact press robots equipped with four-piece transfer beams. The 2-axis press robots move details directly from press to press.

Finished details are handled by an automatic coordinate stacking system. A 3-axis press robot stacks the details, and filled pallets are automatically transported out of the plant. The plant is equipped with an operator's panel for optimal control and supervision of the entire press line. All the machines in the line are controlled and monitored from this panel.

Press Feeding Equipment
In the majority of cases, a press feed must meet three criteria to be successful. First, it must be flexible in terms of set up. Second, it must deliver the material with sufficient precision into the tool, and third, it must feed at the correct time. In addition, there are many other important considerations that will ultimately determine just how effective the feed will be. Some of those considerations are the amount of time and skill required for job set up, the cost of energy to operate it, and how the feed interfaces with the system as a whole.

The feed needs to be flexible enough in its set up adjustment to accommodate the full range of applications that will ever be run on the line. It must allow adjustment to cover all set ups respective to feed length, material width and gauge, feed and pilot release timing as well as die heights. If the feed is for a dedicated system these variables will be fairly limited but, more often than not, it must address a wide range of applications.

The second requirement, that the feed must deliver the material with sufficient precision into the tool, means that it must not only move the desired amount of material into the tool, but it must place it precisely in the die in terms of front to back, side to side, and be square with the tool. Misalignment results in binding and short feeds due to slippage and strip buckling. Short feeding results in bad parts and broken dies. When they are new, nearly any feed, if properly installed and set up, is capable of delivering a level of length accuracy that is acceptable for most applications. They will generally retain that accuracy if properly maintained, but the amount of maintenance and set up time required will vary dramatically from one type of feed to the next.

Regardless of the feed that is chosen, when installed it must be positioned on center, square to the tool, and be rigidly mounted so that no movement can take place between the tool and the feed, for it to be able to deliver material correctly without binding and mis-feeding. In addition to proper feed installation, the tooling must be placed precisely on each set up as well. It is recommended that some sort of registration device, such as positive stops on the bolster, be used to insure consistent placement of the tooling. Without good quality material, proper straightening, and precise alignment there will be problems regardless of what feed is ultimately selected.

The third requirement, that the feed deliver material at the proper time, means that it must be capable of keeping up with the speed of the operation. The time that a feed actually has to deliver material is the result of the amount of time for one complete press or shear cycle, minus the time that the tooling is engaged, minus the time required to detect a mis-feed and stop the press. This means that the longer the die engagement, or the faster the speed of operation, the less time there is to feed.

Press Automation
Metal Form is working with automotive suppliers worldwide in an effort to find new and innovative ways to improve their current metal forming operations. These suppliers are under ever-increasing pressure to boost productivity, reduce waste, and increase profits. Our partner AP&T’s conventional stamping and hydro forming solutions, along with its complete line of press automation, provide its customers with the latest technology with the reliability and safety of proven designs.

Our people are very knowledgeable about the products we provide and how to apply them to improve your production processes. We work with companies to improve their competitiveness in today's global market. Whether it is a complete new press line or automating an existing press, Metal Form can help you from part design to complete turn-key delivery.