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Oklahoma-based company, Pryer Technology Group (PTG) has been instrumental in returning the manufacturing of high-tonnage, deep draw hydroform presses to the US.

From the 1950s to the early 1980s, Cincinnati and Verson deep draw sheet metal hydroform presses dominated forming parts for aerospace, lighting, prototype development and other industries.

In the late 1970s, Cincinnati sold its company to Verson and in a few years these presses were no longer available from a US-based manufacturer.

The need was still there, the same parts are still being produced, but the presses are 40 to 50 years old.

Replacement parts are hard to find, maintenance costs are high, experienced operators with knowledge on producing parts with manual controls are retiring, plus levers and dial controls are obsolete.

These presses were designed using the pressure containment engineering of that era, they were large and required special buildings and foundations.

Since there has not been a marketing presence by the manufacturer since the early 1980s, the awareness of deep draw hydroforming principles has declined significantly.

Companies are at a disadvantage without the production advantages of deep draw hydroforming.

In 2006 a member of PTG had a need for a 24in hydroform press to fill a void in hydroforming capability.

New Cincinnati presses were no longer available and were seldom available in the used market.

Other large problems existed with the option of buying a used Cincinnati hydroform, for example, the above floor height requirement of 16ft and a special pit foundation to support the weight.

After considering the options, a decision was made to look for a manufacturer that could build a press using a completely different engineering approach.

In the spring of 2008, PTG and the Beckwood Press Company entered into an agreement to produce a product line of deep draw sheet metal hydroform presses.

Beckwood Press Company of Fenton, Missouri, has been manufacturing presses for over 30 years.

The Triform 24-10-5, the first in the line of the modern replacements for aging hydroform presses, was featured in the Beckwood Press booth in Las Vegas, NV at Fabtech 2008 producing parts.

Additional Triform models from 16in to 42in have also been developed.

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