Everything you need to know about hydraulic press

A hydraulic press is a machine press that generate compressive force by the use of a hydraulic cylinder. It is a device that is used for lifting heavyweight with the application of much smaller force.

The hydraulic press was invented by Joseph Bramah in England. He accomplished the project in the 17th century (1795). Bramah who has also developed some toilet flushing material used in our daily life.

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The hydraulic press work based on pascal’s law. This law state that the intensity of pressure in a static fluid is transmitted equally in all direction.

automatic hydraulic machine press


Working principle

The working principle of hydraulic press is quite interesting and easy. Just as earlier mentioned, it uses pascal’s law for its working. There are two cylinders of different diameter. The first cylinder is of larger diameter and it carries the ram, the other small cylinder carries the plunger.

These two cylinders are connected by a pipe which contain a liquid through which liquid is transmitted. Whenever a little force is applied on the plunger in the downward direction, a pressure is produce. This pressure is produced on the liquid in contact with the plunger.

The pressure produce is equally transmitted to all directions and let the ram play it role by the upward direction. While the heavier weight placed on the ram move along with it.

You can the video below to have full understanding on how hydraulic press works:


Applications of Hydraulic press

Below are the applications of hydraulic press machine:

Due to the wide application of this presser machine, it is used for converting any metal block to sheet. The machine tool is used for blanking, forging, clinching, molding, deep drawing, punching, metal forming operations.

Some other applications include:

  • Thermoplastics
  • RTM (Resin Transfer Molding)
  • Composites
  • Carbon Fiber Molding
  • GMT (Glass Mat Transfer), and
  • SMC (Sheet Molded Composites)


There are major parts that the hydraulic press comprises of, these parts includes:

Safety door: the safety door is a correction gate that allow any workpiece to be fix when damage.

Limit switch: this part prevents the travel of an object in a mechanism. It is mechanically operated by the motion of the object.

Manual control valve: it aids the operation to be carryout manually using valve.

Relief valve: the relief valve is used to release or control the pressure whenever it exceeds the limit of the valve.

Pressure gauge: this part is used to measure the pressure.

Hydraulic cylinder: is a mechanical actuator that is used to give a unidirectional force through a unidirectional stroke.

Oil tank: this is the reservoir that is used to store and supply the hydraulic oil.

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Passing plate: this plate is of high strength used for exerting pressure to the workpiece.

Bailing compartment: the workpiece is placed this part so it can be pressed. It can be adjusted to any shape and size of the piece.

diagram and parts of hydraulic machine press


The hydraulic press is categorized into five different types that plays their effective role according to the feature. These include:

Four-column hydraulic press: this type is vast in its working, making it useful in most pressing operation like bending, punching etc.

Universal hydraulic press: this presser is used on almost all pressing process such as punching, forging, etc. Without any external attachment.

Single column hydraulic press: it is also known as C-type. It has only one column and a c-type frame just as it’s being named.

Horizontal hydraulic press: pressure is applied horizontally or parallels to the axis of the machine. The workpiece remains between the vertical plate.

Vertical hydraulic press: unlike the single column, this type has two column and there is an overarm connected to the columns. Yet, the pressure is applied vertically.

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Hydraulic press machine can be specified according to the followings:

  • Vertical or down stroking.
  • Frame they carry.
  • Maximum load of pressing.
  • The return capacity of the machine.
  • Number of cylinder inside the machine.
  • Stroke of the ram.
  • Cylinder types either single or double acting.
  • Speed of the ram in mm/sec.
  • Electrical power consumed by the machine in KW. Finally,
  • Operating method (automatic or semi-automatic).

Advantages and disadvantages of hydraulic pressing machine


Below are the benefits of hydraulic press:

  • It working is cool and quiet because there are less number of moving parts.
  • High amount of pressure is generated.
  • High tonnage capacity.
  • Greater versatility. That is ability to adapt.
  • Overloading or weight damage is not an issue.
  • Smooth pressing.
  • Simple design.
  • Small floor space is occupied.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Rigidity and strength of the workpiece is improved.
  • Longer tool life.


Despite the advantages of hydraulic press machine, some limitations still occur. The following are the disadvantages of this machine tool:

  • Maintenance requirement and cost is high.
  • Availability of carbon footprint.
  • Limited pressure.

That’s it for this article “Hydraulic Machine Press” where I’ve examined on its applications and working principle. Its types, specifications, advantages and disadvantages has also been explained. I hope the knowledge is attained, if so, kindly comment, share, and recommend this site to other technical students. Thanks!

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