Over 90 years of expertise.

Oilgear is a world leader in the designing, installation, and commissioning of complex hydraulic control systems for the Forging, Extrusion, Wood, and Sheet Molded Composites industries.  Our electrical and hydraulic engineers work side-by-side to deliver the precision control and user interface that you require.

Oilgear Forging Press Hydraulic ControlA HISTORY OF SUCCESS

Since pioneering hydraulic press drives in the twenties, Oilgear and the later acquired Towler Company have gained a wealth of successful hydraulic and electronic control expertise servicing the diversified needs of a variety of press builders and users throughout the world.

Today, by integrating state-of-the-art system control with either Oilgear time-proven variable displacement pumps or the Towler line of high pressure fixed displacement pumps, open and closed die press operators enjoy increased productivity, reduced downtime and energy efficient plant operation.

Oilgear has over 1500 hydraulic systems installed in our core markets of Forging, Extrusion, Sheet Molded Composites (SMC) and Board Presses for the wood products industry.  Our electronic systems are well represented in our core industries as well, with well over 400 systems installed.



Forging systems are one of Oilgear’s specialties. We’ve been working on the biggest presses in the world for decades. Our experience and expertise will provide you with the best equipment possible.

Oilgear’s hydraulic forging systems feature fixed displacement and variable displacement pumps, and the specially developed, large capacity sinusoidal servo controlled “Fast Forge” valve assembly.

Oilgear offers the preferred fast forging systems, a press top mounted fast forge valve manifold with atmospheric prefilling tank. This design offers optimum performance due to the minimal oil volume required to be compressed and decompressed each stroke.

Oilgear offers an option to mount the fast forge valve system at floor level, or sub-floor level in combination with an air loaded prefilling tank. This system is mainly used for pull-down (inverted presses), although it can also be used for push-down presses.


Oilgear Electrical Press Control SystemEXTRUSION

Oilgear is one of the few companies in the world that can provide a complete array of services for any Extrusion application. We have pioneered advancements for all parts of your extrusion press: manifolds, die changing, manipulator arms, billet loaders, distributed manifolds, shears, and complete control systems. These custom-engineered solutions will increase efficiency while simultaneously reducing downtime.

If your extrusion operation has a relay logic system, a complete electronic system, or a mix of technologies, we have the ability to interface with it, and Oilgear can improve the function of your machine.

Learn about the S-Curve Ultra Speed Billet Loader. This replacement for the traditional solenoid valve with flow controls setup has an average time savings per installation for the Extend / Retract cycle of 1.2 seconds.



Oilgear SMC systems are used to produce everything from door skins and shower enclosures to body panels for jet skis, automobiles and semi truck cabs.

A wide range of products is available from Oilgear. Hydraulic equipment includes pumps, valves, manifolds and complete systems. Electronic controls can be supplied as retrofit components or as completely assembled systems to include the main control enclosure, motor control center, pushbutton stations and an operator station.

Auxiliary equipment such as Cams, Cores, Ejectors, Part handling equipment, Die shuttle tables, or other secondary operations can be incorporated into the press system. Multi-zone die temperature monitoring and control can also be included.


Oilgear Wood Press ControlWOOD

Oilgear provides electronic controls and hydraulic systems to create high performing board press plants for the production of Oriented Strand Board (OSB), Particle Board, Medium Density Fiber Board (MDF) and Plywood.

The goal in any upgrade project is to improve performance and reliability. Oilgear technical specialists will evaluate your current loader and press systems using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in order to decrease cycle time, eliminate shock and increase productive up-time. Preventative maintenance programs can be developed to insure optimum machine performance.

Oilgear can offer several standard system upgrades for those in the wood products industry, ranging from custom applications, simple AC to DC conversions, up to full plant-wide integration systems.