Metal Presswork

Metal Fabrication Company

Metal presswork and fabrication company Hydram offers the full range of subcontract sheet metal profiling and metal forming services, tube laser cutting and bending, welding and fabrication services, powder coating and assembly services.

In addition to its core subcontract sheet metal fabrication services, Hydram offers CNC machining (4 axis CNC milling and 2 axis CNC turning) and presswork (with up to 200 tonne capacity).

Hydram manufactures high volume metal components for the HVAC equipment industry and earth-moving vehicle sector.  With 9 presses available, including coil feeding, mechanical and hydraulic presses, and tonnages up to 200 tonnes, Hydram offers considerable capacity, flexibility and efficiency as your manufacturing partner.

Metal Presswork

Subcontract sheet metalworking company Hydram has invested in a number of mechanical presses (with up to 200 tonne capacity) and hydraulic presses (with up to 80 tonne capacity) to cope with increasing demand for high volume powder coated metal components, a full service that Hydram can provide in-house.  Press machines are supplied by Amada, Aida and Hare.

Hydram has tool making facilities for in-house manufacture of jigs, fixtures and basic tools, and engages with customers and press tool manufacturers to work on cost effective press tool design.

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Presswork Efficiency

Hydram offers metal presswork facilities for manufacturing larger batch quantities of components where the initial expenditure on tooling can be justified.  With a suitable press tool, components can be blanked (profiled), pierced (holes cut out) and formed with strengthening ribs, flanges or upforms, all in a single press cycle.  Depending on the part’s complexity, some tools can perform these operations all in one hit.  With larger more complex parts, multiple hits with different tool stages may be required.  With sufficient press capacity, and a multi-stage/multi-gang progression tool – where components are transferred from stage to stage – a completed part can be obtained from every press cycle.  This makes the pressing process particularly efficient and cost effective, once the tooling investment has been made.

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Press Tooling

With high volume production quantites, the investment in press tooling can be worthwhile.  The metal press process is very efficient, and with quick changeover techniques (such as SMED) employed, maximum productivity can be achieved.  Hydram works with customers and press tool manufacturers to ensure that new press tool investment is as cost effective as possible.

For lower quantities and increased flexibility, Hydram’s CNC metalworking machinery can produce the same parts using multiple processes, such as CNC punching and CNC folding.  Cycle times per part are longer, but there is no up-front investment in tooling, and the consequences of engineering changes on the design are very easy to implement.

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Presswork Capacity

4 Hydraulic presses

  • up to 80 tonne
  • max bed size 900x580mm
  • 150mm stroke

5 Mechanical presses

  • up to 200 tonne
  • max bed size 2040x760mm
  • 200mm stroke
powder coated presswork

Powder Coated Metal Presswork

With four paint plant facilities at its site in County Durham, Hydram Sheet Metalwork has capacity to powder coat metal pressings for its subcontract metal component customers.  With overhead conveyors, automatic spray booths and efficient powder reclaim systems, Hydram’s facilities are ideal for handling high volume production work.  With over 23 years’ experience in powder coating sheet metal products, and numerous ISO accreditations, customers can be assured that Hydram has an eye for quality and has your presswork production requirements covered – perfectly.

Hydram Engineering Ltd

Hydram is one of the largest subcontract sheet metalwork companies in the UK, founded in 1977, and employing over 200 people in its 135,000 square foot facility in County Durham.

The experienced sheet metal manufacturer has been supplying metal products, metal components and precision sheet metal fabrications to many market leading companies in industries such as the UK’s railways, public transport, earth-moving machinery, HVAC equipment and power generation.

With customers in many sectors, Hydram has a broad range of experience and expertise to offer, including in CNC Machining and presswork, on a subcontract basis.  Contact our team and discover how Hydram can assist with your custom sheet metal fabrication project.