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What Is A Hydraulic Press, And How Are They Used?

A hydraulic press is a machine that has a bed or plate, within which an item (usually composed of metal) is placed so that it can be easily crushed, straightened or moulded. The original concept of the hydraulic press is based on Blaise Pascal’s law. The law states that, when pressure is applied within an enclosed system, it remains constant throughout the system.

A hydraulic press can basically be explained as a large machine that makes use of a hydraulic system, including hydraulic motors and cylinders, to crush something. Hydraulic presses are also known as machine presses and, occasionally, as Bramah presses after their inventor, Joseph Bramah.

How Does A Hydraulic Press Work?

The workings of a hydraulic press are very similar to those of a standard hydraulic system. A hydraulic press consists of the same components used in a hydraulic system, including hydraulic motors, cylinders, pistons and pipes.

The system of a press consists of two cylinders. The fluid is poured into one cylinder which has a much smaller diameter than its companions; this smaller cylinder is known as the slave cylinder. The piston in this cylinder is pushed in such a way that it compresses the fluid, which then flows through a pipe and into the larger cylinder. The Master cylinder (larger) then pushes the fluid back into the original cylinder.

What Are The Uses Of A Hydraulic Press?

The force which is applied on the fluids by the hydraulic motor and the slave cylinder results in a much larger force when compressed into the master cylinder. The hydraulic press itself is mostly used for industrial purposes, where a large pressure is required for the compression of materials, typically metal, into large sheet.

The basic description of a hydraulic press is that it transforms metallic objects into sheets of metal. In certain industries, it is used to thin glass, make powders for cosmetic uses and for tablets for medical use.

A hydraulic press caters to a wide range of industries. For example, in the junkyard industry. A hydraulic press is the heart of any car crushing system. In this process, the hydraulic motor applies a great deal of pressure onto the fluids already in the cylinders. The pressure makes the plates rise and, with such a large force behind it, the plate is driven onto the car, which crushes it.

The hydraulic press is also used in the creation of fat-free cocoa powder and even for modern blacksmithing. They are available in both automatic and manually operated designs, and are often equipped with a wide range of safety measures including interlocking and barrier guards.

High-Performing Hydraulic Motors For Your Hydraulic Press, From Flowfit Online

Here at Flowfit Online, we are proud to offer a wide range of hydraulic motors to match the specifications of any hydraulic system that you desire. A hydraulic system has a huge range of applications in a wide range of industries and even in domestic setting. For high-quality and reliable hydraulic system components, including check valves and hydraulic motors, feel free to browse our extensive range.

You can contact our specialist hydraulics team directly on 01584 876 033, or email us at If you have any questions about the suitability of one of our hydraulic motors for your system, feel free to use our customer-friendly contact form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

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