Beckwood to manufacture two custom hydraulic presses for WHK BioSystems
Beckwood Press Company was awarded a contract to design and build two custom hydraulic presses for medical contract manufacturer, WHK BioSystems.
The first press is a 110-ton four-post compression molding machine which will be used for R&D. It features 12”x12” heated platens with a bed shuttle that includes a heated mold. The second is a larger 1650-ton compression molding press which will be used for production of UHMW sheets. It features 36” x 60” heated platens and a hydraulically-actuated bed shuttle which includes a heated mold.
“Over the last five years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in demand for machinery to produce UHMW as its use expanded into the medical, aerospace, and defense sectors,” said Caleb Dixon, Sales Engineer, Beckwood. “In response to this need, Beckwood has developed multiple press systems that are optimal for manufacturing UHMW sheets.”
Both machines will feature hot oil heating systems with temperature capacities up to 500-degrees Fahrenheit and temperature tolerances to within plus/minus five degrees F.
“In order to mitigate lead times and contamination risks associated with the implant materials supply chain, we made the decision to bring UHMW sheet manufacturing in-house within our own Class 7 cleanroom environment,” said Robert Klingel, Jr., President, WHK BioSystems. “With so few manufacturers capable of creating UHMW components for implantable medical devices, we saw this as an opportunity to add to our list of growing capabilities for the medical and life science communities.”