What Is A Gap Frame Press & What Can It Be Used For?

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What Is A Gap Frame Press?

If you are looking for a hydraulic press machine, you’ve probably heard of the term “gap frame press”. But what is a gap framed press? Often referred to as a C-frame press, a gap frame press is a type of hydraulic press machine that gets its name from the “C” shaped press. Here at Workshop Press, as a leading hydraulic press supplier in the UK, we have a wide range of press machines choose from, including a gap frame press. Read our blog below to learn more about C-frame press machines.

The Design

What does a c-frame press look like? The design of a c-frame press is easily distinguishable by its “C” frame around the bolster and slide plate. Floor-type model C-frame presses can deliver large tonnages while maintaining a footprint that is small and compact. C-Frame Presses come in standard configurations but are also customisable to specifically suit the customer’s needs. Our Profi C Frame Presses are manufactured in the EU according to the latest CE Regulations and Directives. They are made with top-quality steel and components and include a standard 2-Year Warranty.

What Is A C-Frame Press Used For? 

So what is a c-frame press used for? C-frame press machines (or gap frame presses) are one of the most common types of hydraulic presses. They have been designed to take up less floor space than other types of metal fabrication equipment. A common application c-frame presses can accommodate is metal stamping. During this process, the press tool (known as a die) shapes the parts that are made from pieces of sheet metal. A ram then pushes the metal through the die itself, and as a result, creates the desired shape.

Other metal forming processes that can be achieved with a gap frame press include:

  • Assembly
  • Bending
  • Blanking
  • Coining
  • Compaction
  • Crimping
  • Draw work
  • Embossing
  • Forming
  • Piercing
  • Press fitting
  • Staking
  • Straightening
  • Trimming

C-frame presses are useful in almost every factory and workshop. They are not only ideal for mild steel, but also other materials such as copper, brass, stainless steel, and carbide.

The RHTC C Frame presses come equipped with standard tools, but custom tools are also available from Workshop Press. For anything bespoke, we can use our in-house 3D manufacturing capabilities to assist in the design of custom press tools to suit your application.


Due to the many metal work processes that the press machine can perform, C-frame hydraulic presses can be used in a wealth of industries. The most common ones include:

  • Aerospace manufacturing
  • Appliances
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • Ceramics
  • Food and beverage industries
  • Marine
  • Medical
  • Military and defence
  • Packing
  • Marine

Where Can You Buy A C-Frame Press? 

Here at Workshop Press we are a proud supplier of a range of metal fabrication machinery, including gap frame/ C-frame presses. If you would like to find out more about our hydraulic press machines, then explore our website today. Alternatively, you can call +44 01926 911579 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

If you have found this blog helpful, then you may wish to read our previous blog: Types of Hydraulic Press Machines.