The three-column slab press was introduced around 1967, this press being one of the earliest manufactured. A number of unique features were included. The triangular column configuration provided extra rigidity to enable duplex pressing of smaller slabs. The table was lifted hydraulically engaging a three-position dog mechanism (photos 1 & 2) prior to rotation via a chain/hydraulic cylinder/air-oil reservoir return mechanism, replacing the Fielding slewing cylinder and gearbox unit. This feature also reduced table wear. Vickers Sperry Rand pumps and some hydraulic components of proprietary manufacture were used replacing the Fielding A2 radial pump. Fielding air-operated control valves and interlock valves were retained and the air circuitry was simplified.
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