The diaphragm of a Triform press is designed to perform for thousands of cycles and to last a full year or longer with proper use. Field studies have even shown bladders to last two to three years. To further extend your bladder life, "wear pads" can be used between the bladder and the part. The 'disposable' wear pads are typically 0.1"-0.5" thick rubber or urethane and cost approximately $25 to $100 each.
The Triform press was designed with serviceability in mind. A bladder change on 12" and 16" machines can be done by a single individual in approximately 30 minutes. Larger Triform systems require two people working for approximately 1-2 hours, with no special tools required.
Pryer Technology Group utilizes the latest in engineering technology and designs our equipment to exceed industry standards. All structural systems, including the containment chambers, are designed for "infinite life" using detailed FEA (Finite Element Analysis) Design testing.
All hydraulic, mechanical and electrical components, as well as CNC controls components, are standardized and considered "off the shelf" from the OEM suppliers, so they are readily available at supply houses worldwide. All critical components are sourced from top-of-the-line manufacturers such as Allen Bradley, Parker Hannifin, Bosch Rexroth, Oil Gear and others. We strive to design each system with serviceability in mind.
The cost of ownership is very low. Other than the electrical power required, the consumables are the bladder and wear pads. Of course, there are oil filters to change occasionally with routine maintenance. For operators who are new to sheet hydroforming, additional bladders may need to be replaced in the first year, during the "learning experience" of designing tooling, performing tooling setups and operating the press.