New innovation from AP&T

Above: The new servo hydraulic press was presented to customers and other stakeholders for the first time at an event in Ulricehamn, Sweden on October 4 and 5.

November 2, 2017 - It is much quicker, twice as energy efficient and only requires a third as much maintenance as a conventional hydraulic press. AP&T’s new servo hydraulic press creates entirely new conditions for increased productivity within both cold forming and hot forming.

“The technology unites the best of two worlds by combining the consistently high press force offered by hydraulic presses with the energy efficiency and excellent speed control possibilities offered by servo mechanical presses,” says AP&T Director Business Development and Marketing Per Josefsson.

The pressing process can be controlled with a great deal of precision and a high degree of parallelism between the press table and slide. The force is consistently high during the entire press cycle, and it can be distributed with great precision, even over small surfaces. The cushion can be pre-accelerated when forming sensitive materials. The high degree of parallelism also promotes reduced tooling wear.

“In terms of performance, the new press is extremely effective. Acceleration force and deceleration force are up to 250% higher than that of a conventional hydraulic press, which enables substantially increased production capacity. Process and machine data are controlled via future-proofed Internet-based solutions.”

The new servo hydraulic press only consumes half as much energy as a conventional hydraulic press. Energy can be stored internally in the machine, which enables higher output with lower installed effect. The need for cooling is greatly reduced and when the press is idle, it does not consume any energy at all.

In addition to low energy consumption, the servo hydraulic press also offers several other environmental advantages. The noise level is very low and the press is designed to be easily recyclable. The utilized hydraulic fluid is environmentally friendly, and the amount of fluid required is significantly lower than that required by a conventional hydraulic press.

“Through modular design and a high degree of shared components, we have also extended service intervals significantly. The need for maintenance is approximately 30 percent lower than for a conventional hydraulic press,” says Per Josefsson.

AP&T’s new servo hydraulic press was presented for the first time on October 4 and 5 in Ulricehamn, Sweden in conjunction with the market launch of the company’s new press line for forming high-strength aluminum, which includes the new press.


Globally unique production solution from AP&T paving the way to lighter, safer and more energy-efficient cars

AP&T has produced an entirely new manufacturing method for car body parts made of high-strength aluminum. The method could become an important contribution to the development of lighter, safer and more energy-efficient cars that have a lower climate and environmental impact.

“Our research and development of new materials and production processes helps our customers produce increasingly lighter, safer and more energy-efficient products. This is an important aspect of the transition towards sustainability that is currently underway in the car industry,” says AP&T CEO and Managing Director Magnus Baarman.

AP&T’s solution allows structural parts that have previously been manufactured from sheet steel or cold-formed aluminum to instead be produced from hot-formed high-strength aluminum. This means material thickness can be reduced and component weight can be lowered by between 30 and 50 percent, at the same time that the strength of the material and impact safety are improved.

“Our process technology considerably increases the material’s formability, which means we can also use high-strength aluminum for complex-shaped parts and integrate more functions and properties into one single component,” says AP&T CTO, Technology Development Christian Koroschetz.

Among other things, this means that components that are currently manufactured from several joined parts can now be produced in far fewer steps, and a more rational process also results in cost advantages.

“Fewer parts, fewer manufacturing steps and fewer required tools, combined with more efficient handling, logistics and assembly result in a decidedly lower production cost than the current level — despite higher costs for production equipment and materials,” says Christian Koroschetz.

AP&T’s solution recently won the prestigious 2017 Altair Enlighten Award competition in the Enabling Technology category. The competition recognizes important innovations that can contribute to lighter and more energy-efficient cars. Among the 29 finalists, FCA, Toyota and Faurecia were also named winners in other categories.

A complete production line based on AP&T’s process technology was unveiled for customers and other stakeholders in Ulricehamn, Sweden on October 4 and 5.


AP&T presents its latest sensation for the first time at well-attended event in Ulricehamn

On October 4 and 5, around 70 representatives from different parts of the global car industry gathered at AP&T in Ulricehamn. The program included the unveiling of two new sensations that enable lighter, safer and more energy efficient cars to be manufactured. Both of AP&T’s new innovations — process technology for forming high-strength aluminum and the company’s new servo hydraulic press — are setting a new standard in the industry.

“Many car manufacturers have already implemented the first wave of weight-saving measures. New designs, new materials and new manufacturing methods are needed in order to take the next step along the path of development. This is where our solution for hot forming parts out of high-strength aluminum comes in,” says AP&T’s Director Business Development and Marketing Per Josefsson.

Among other things, visitors learned that AP&T’s process can provide weight savings of between 30 and 50 percent compared to the current technology, at the same time that the material is stronger and crashworthiness improves — aspects that aroused a great deal of interest among car manufacturers (OEM) and subcontractors.

One of the components included in AP&T’s production solution is a newly developed servo hydraulic press, which is significantly faster and up to 50 percent more energy efficient than today’s hydraulic presses.

“The new servo hydraulic press allows our customers to increase their production, while also lowering both their operating costs and their environmental impact.”

In addition to AP&T’s guests and the company’s experts, several materials and application specialists from AP&T’s partners around the world attended the event. The new products are being launched on the global market during the autumn.

AP&T’s solution for forming high-strength aluminum recently won the prestigious 2017 Altair Enlighten Award in the Enabling Technology category. The competition recognizes important innovations that can contribute to lighter and more energy-efficient cars.

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