Hotforming feeder


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Feeder for hot forming presses

Our feeders for hot forming presses are speci­ally deve­loped for use in hydraulic hot forming presses and offer extre­mely fast, reliable and precise hand­ling of hot formed parts. The range of appli­ca­tions is the produc­tion of light­weight, safety-rele­vant compon­ents for automobiles.


The hot forming feeders are charac­te­rised by their high perfor­mance, relia­bi­lity and posi­tio­ning accu­racy, making them an important part of the produc­tion process for these compon­ents for our customers.


The systems are manu­fac­tured exclu­si­vely in Germany. Our employees have many years of expe­ri­ence in the deve­lo­p­ment and manu­fac­ture of auto­ma­tion solutions.


We have been a reliable partner for our custo­mers for decades. We offer not only high-quality products, but also excel­lent service and compre­hen­sive advice to ensure that our custo­mers receive the best solu­tions for their produc­tion processes. We work closely with our custo­mers to develop indi­vi­dual and custo­mised solu­tions that meet the specific requi­re­ments of each customer.









// Advan­tages are obvious

Hotforming feeder

The feeder has an extre­mely fast X‑axis to move the compon­ents into the mould after removal from the oven. The short cycle times for loading and unloa­ding the compon­ents increase the possible output.
The high rigi­dity of the mecha­nics guaran­tees precise place­ment of the compon­ents on the mould’s finder pins. Due to the high compo­nent tempe­ra­tures, an incor­rectly posi­tioned compo­nent results in considerable downtime.
Thanks to the combi­na­tion of speed and accu­racy, a signi­fi­cantly higher output is possible than with a robot.


Tooling change and parts ejection
The feeder has an addi­tional Y‑axis with which compon­ents that have already cooled down too much can be ejected to the side.
The trans­verse axis is also used for tooling changes.


Weight equa­li­sa­tion
The feeder has pneu­matic weight equa­li­sa­tion, which is auto­ma­ti­cally regu­lated accor­ding to the payload


Chasing func­tion
To reduce the auto­ma­tion time even further, the feeder has a so-called chasing func­tion, which regu­lates the approach of the feeder depen­ding on the compo­nent size.


Feeder systems can be retro­fitted quickly and easily so that they can also be used in exis­ting produc­tion systems.
Martin Hagel 
Head of Automation 
+49 751 56082 – 0 
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// Teles­copic hotforming feeder

Hotforming feeder

Hotforming feeder
The hot forming feeders are desi­gned for extre­mely high feed acce­le­ra­tion. Although the cooling process accounts for the largest propor­tion of the overall process, the output can be increased thanks to a very short auto­ma­tion time. Due to the linear move­ment from point to point and the higher acce­le­ra­tion, the feeder is signi­fi­cantly faster than a robot.
Another advan­tage is the higher payload and simpler programming, as only two axes need to be programmed at a time. The expected cycle times can be calcu­lated in advance, as all axes are path-controlled.
The precise posi­tio­ning of the compon­ents on the finder pins in the mould causes fewer faults. Parts that are not posi­tioned correctly in the mould have to be disposed of at great expense due to their temperature.

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Questions and answers

How long does it take to change the tooling on the feeder?

The tooling on the feeder can normally be changed manu­ally within a few minutes. The feeder has an addi­tional trans­verse axis that can be used to move the feeder into a special tooling change position.

What is a feeder system?

A feeder system is a specia­lised, auto­mated hand­ling device that moves sheet metal parts into or out of a press.

What does a feeder system do?

A feeder system trans­ports formed compon­ents from one press stage to the next.

Which parts are produced with hotforming feeder systems?

The compon­ents produced are hot-formed sheet metal parts that are manu­fac­tured in a single-stage forming process. The compon­ents are mostly high-strength, weight-opti­mised compon­ents for crash struc­tures in an automobile.

How does a hot forming feeder work?

The feeder moves into the mould and places the compo­nent, which is appro­xi­m­ately 600 to 800 degrees Celsius hot, there. After the forming and subse­quent cooling process, a second hot forming feeder removes the compo­nent from the press.

What are the advantages of a feeder?

Compared to a robot, a feeder can move a larger payload with higher acce­le­ra­tion. A feeder only has the number of axes required for the process.
A feeder can also place the compon­ents more precisely in the mould, resul­ting in less system downtime.

How fast is a feeder like this?

Depen­ding on the size of the press, several parts can be produced simul­ta­neously per cycle. The biggest time factor is the cooling time of the parts. With a five-cavity mould, the output can be 20 to 25 parts per minute.

Why a feeder from Hagel Automation?

A feeder from Hagel Auto­ma­tion is a good choice, as the company has many years of expe­ri­ence and exper­tise in the deve­lo­p­ment and manu­fac­ture of auto­ma­tion solu­tions. Hagel Auto­ma­tion specia­lises in the produc­tion of custo­mised auto­ma­tion systems.

Can a feeder be retrofitted to a hotforming press?

As a rule, a feeder can be retro­fitted to an exis­ting hotforming press rela­tively easily.

What weight can be moved with a feeder?

Depen­ding on the size of the feeder and the compon­ents, a hot forming feeder can move compon­ents weig­hing up to 150 kg with maximum acceleration.

Where are feeders used?

Feeders are used in the series produc­tion of sheet metal and formed parts in the auto­mo­tive industry or white goods.

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