Nidec Minster – First in Press Design

Our reputation for reliable, rugged and innovative machinery is built on our continual dedication to product engineering and innovation. More than 180 U.S. Patents line the walls of Nidec Minster Corporation, signifying a century-long commitment to innovation, in addition to many product attributes created specifically to increase product quality.

See how we’ve led the way. 

1927

First use of straight side single crank press design, patented in 1934.

1930

First use of a separate multiple disc air friction clutch and separate multiple disc air friction brake on the same shaft.

1936

World’s first transfer-type mechanical press built.

1937

First press company to offer full box-type crown and press construction.

Began use of patented Air Operated Friction Clutch and Brake Unit (AFC).

1938

First press company to offer box construction in large “C” frames and slides.

Began incorporating barrel-type slide adjustment in press designs.

1940

First to offer recirculating oil lubrication on presses.

1946

First use of patented Combination Air Friction Clutch and Brake (CFC) mounted on crankshaft in either flywheel or main gear and having controlled torque.

1947

Began use of patented Minster rotor-type rotary limit switch.

1948

First press company to offer replaceable bronze-lined wear surfaces throughout a press.

First P2 Piece-Maker press built for automatic progressive die applications.

1949

First use of clutch-in-gear application.

1951

First MS2 press built with clutch on intermediate shaft near the intermediate gear.

1954

First to offer motorized inclining of very large gap frame presses.

1955

First G1 Series presses are built.

1959

First E2 press built. First presses in the industry to work with large progressive dies, providing greater geared press speeds.

1960

First press company to offer special crown with front and back cabinets to enclose electrical and air systems.

1962

First tear-top can end press built.

First can draw press built.

1965

First press company to offer a quick die change system — The Die-Namic Process.

1969

First F2 (Fin-Maker) press built for stamping of heat transfer fins.

1970

MonitorFlow lubrication system is patented.

The Stamping Center is first displayed — the world’s first totally automated stamping production system.

1972

The first Hummingbird press is built capable of speeds up to 1,600 strokes-per-minute — more than four times faster than the fastest press at that time.

Developed and patented a line of ultra high speed cam feeds along with material handling system which included a reel, straightener, and patented “S” loop.

1973

Developed and patented rotary balancers to retrofit with P2 presses, which increased maximum running speed.

1974

Development of PM2 lamination press began. This included hydrostatic gibs for which patents were granted.

1977

First Piece-Maker II (PM2) built with reciprocating balancers.

First programmable Logic Controller used in press controls.

1978

First line of rack and pinion feeds were developed and patented.

First servo-driven electronic high speed feed.

1980

First electronic servo feed.

1981

First TR2 (Pulsar) built.

1982

First use of Minster/Orii robotic handling system for OBI presses.

1984

First piston-driven cupper press developed with flexdisc hydraulic clutch and auxiliary belt-driven flywheel.

1985

First material handling reel built.

First die cart built.

1986

First color (CRT) operation interface fully automated press control.

1987

Developed and patented ECH-125 end conversion press which included piston drive, quick lift slide, micro-adjustable bolster and disc brake.

1988

Developed and built a granulator system for rubber tire recycling.

First Minster/Tranemo hydraulic presses with robotic Flexarm built.

1990

Developed and patented a dynamic balanced double action shell and cupper press.

1991

First P2H press built with patented adjustable stroke mechanism.

1993

Developed PM3 press series with patented adjustable-in-motion (AIM) slide.

1996

Introduction of Production Management Control, fully integrating press, tool and coil line functions.

1997

Developed CRH underdrive opposed ram press for production of beverage cans made from laminated film material.

First Allen-Bradly PMC (Production Management Control) with gray scale screen.

1999

Developed and pateneted vibration severity, load monitoring and die process technology.

Developed first vari-slide infinitely adjustable slide motion mechanism.

2000

First TwinTec forming/assembly machine developed in cooperation with the Otto Bihler Company.

Developed PMConnect software for production monitoring and system reporting.

2001

Intoduction of “new” Hummingbird Series of press, designed for high speed motor lamination production.

First press manufacturer in the world to offer infinitely adjustable stroke feature.

Began remote access to controls in the field.

2002

Developed PM4-600 press — largest motor lamination press at the time.

2005

Developed E2B-1000 (HeviBlanker) press for high speed blanking of extremely high strength material.

Developed eccentric link driven E4H large tonnage/big bed press line. World’s first four-point press with quick lift feature.

2006

Developed HB-60 (Hummingbird) model.

2007

Developed E2H-1100.

2008

Developed World’s first “Dual Energy Drive System” for mechanical presses.

Developed EFAC clutch brake, first zero backlash air clutch designed for high reverse torque loads, utilizing two sets of flex discs.

2009

Developed high speed servo lamination notching press and system.

2011

First PMC-based servo press control.

2012
Minster DAC-H165 Press

The DAC-H165 cupper press launches, significantly improving productivity for customers in the container industry.

2018
FieldHawk screenshots

FieldHawk becomes a standard press control feature.

2019
Siemens logo Mitsubishi logo

First use of Mitsubishi PMC and Siemens PMC.

2020
ECH-140 rendering

The ECH-140 press launches, significantly improving productivity. This press is the first to offer Adjust in Motion (AIM) capabilities in the container market.

2021
control panel

Servo press control is branded GPC (Global Production Control).

2024

Developed APMACS Beckhoff IPC-based control