Forming presses are an integral part of metal forming and global production processes.
From simple fittings and frames to energy and aerospace, you’d struggle to find an industry that hasn’t benefitted from products produced by forming press machines.
Their high precision and extensive range make them one of the most important elements of the metal production process.
But because they’re so widely used today, it’s easy to forget the impact they’ve had on modern life.
Essential industries that have made huge contributions to the progression of society wouldn’t have been able to expand at such a revolutionary rate without the forming press.
Everything, from the way we transport goods to the way we produce food, would be significantly impacted without forming presses.
So here are just a few of the essential industries that have benefited from forming press machines.
What is a metal forming press?
A metal forming press is a machine designed to manipulate metals into a wide array of shapes, often using high pressure, to produce pieces for a variety of applications.
These can be simple shapes, or the forming process can become much more in-depth.
For example, a stamping press pins sheet metal between a die and a punch to stamp out a specific shape.
Whereas turning, which involves spinning a piece of metal and cutting away at it as it turns, is more intricate.
Forming press machines can also be distinguished by their powering mechanism. For example, they may operate with a hydraulic press.
There are many versions of metal forming presses, each with their own uses and advantages. But most methods behind metal fabrication processes have changed drastically as a result of CNC forming, which uses computer numerical control technology to automate the process.
Producing metallic items by hand was once a costly and time-consuming process. Forming presses, with the added element of automation, are able to produce items and products at lightning speed compared to human workers.
This process has saved countless businesses time and money, as well as boosted productivity and revenue to massive levels.
Which industries use forming presses?
1 – The automotive industry
Car parts can be shaped using forming presses for mass production.
Prior to the introduction of forming presses, all car parts were cast by hand. The forming press removed some of the human element, allowing internal and external parts to be produced quickly and accurately.
The introduction of the automated forming press made the process even faster, with presses now able to produce car parts hundreds of time faster than their human counterparts.
The automotive stamping industry is expected to reach a value of £133 billion by 2027, according to global newswire.
The most obvious use of forming presses in the construction of cars is the moulding of the car body to produce the desired shape. Cars come in countless shapes and sizes, differing in style from manufacturer to manufacturer.
But automated forming presses can produce these complex shapes out of metal with ease, which may be one of the reasons car companies have become more unusual in their stylistic choices in recent years.
With over 66 million cars sold worldwide in 2022, you can be sure forming presses played a massive part in their production.
2 – The construction industry
Tools and metals for the construction industry, both large and small, can be forged by forming presses.
Before forming presses and automated forming presses, the creation of these tools and metals was, once again, left in the hands of human workers.
Whether in the production of construction vehicles – like diggers and cranes – or smaller yet equally essential elements – like hand tools and screwdrivers – forming presses have a huge part to play.
But it goes beyond the tools used in construction; Forming presses can also manipulate the metals that make up the framework of most modern buildings.
Thanks to the added speed, forming presses undoubtedly contribute to the rate at which we see new buildings appear.
3 – Electronic components
Many modern electrical components are so small, you may think it’s impossible to produce them by hand. While it might not be impossible, it’s certainly difficult. Which is why forming presses are often utilised.
The time and dedication required for a human worker to produce such parts by hand is an intense thought. But forming presses can produce these parts with ease, perfectly accurate every single time.
The accuracy afforded by forming technology, when matched with the automation of CNC forming, can produce incredibly specific results. These include many of the unseen electrical components we all take for granted.
Producing components this way, by removing the human element, drastically decreases the risk of production error.
4 – Currency production
Coins have been pressed in some form for centuries.
Hundreds of years ago, pressing coins by hand was the only way to imprint them with the appropriate imagery of the time.
These printing tools will have been carved by hand, and wouldn’t have been very impressive, as we can see from some of the surviving coins of eras gone by.
But today, coins can be stamped in high volumes thanks to forming press technology, and feature far more impressive designs than would have been possible without it.
5 – Home appliance production
We’ve already discussed the importance of forming presses in producing electrical components.
But many of those electrical components will be present in your household appliances – which are also produced using forming press machines.
Forming press technology can be used to craft metal parts for any appliance – from washing machines to fridge freezers and beyond, there won’t be many appliances under your roof that won’t have benefitted from forming presses in some way.
Naturally, the added speed forming presses afforded the production of home appliances resulted in booming production numbers to match demand.
By 2024, home appliance sales are expected to exceed 772 million globally per year, compared to 635 million in 2015.
These gargantuan numbers would never have been possible without the help of the forming press.
Forming press solutions from Cambridge Dynamics
Through its many forms and functions, forming press technology has changed the way we produce countless essential items.
At Cambridge Dynamics, our team is skilled and experienced in designing and manufacturing forming machine presses for a variety of industries.
If you need a machine press or need to know more about other metal fabrication processes, get in touch today and we’ll help find the best solution for you.