More Than 90 Years of Experience

We’re known for designing, installing and commissioning complex hydraulic control systems. In fact, Oilgear is a world leader in it. We work with a variety of industries, including forging, extrusion, wood and sheet molded composites. And our electrical and hydraulic engineers work side by side to deliver the precision control and user interface you require.

Historically Good Work

Since pioneering hydraulic press drives in the 1920s, Oilgear has gained a wealth of hydraulic and electronic control expertise. We’ve serviced diverse needs from a variety of press builders and users across the world.

Thoroughly tested by time, Oilgear variable-displacement pumps or Towler high-pressure, fixed-displacement pumps give you state-of-the-art system control. That means open and closed die press operators can enjoy increased productivity, reduced downtime and energy-efficient plant operation.

Oilgear has installed more than 1,500 hydraulic systems in forging, extrusion, sheet molded composites and board presses operations for the wood products industry. Our electronic systems are well represented too, with well over 400 systems installed.

Oilgear Forging Hydraulic Press Control - Oilgear


Forging systems are one of our specialties. We’ve worked on the largest presses in the world for decades. We’re confident we’ll provide you with the best equipment available.

Oilgear hydraulic forging systems feature both fixed-displacement and variable-displacement pumps. They also include specially developed, large capacity sinusoidal servo controlled “Fast Forge” valve assembly.

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


Oilgear is one of few companies that provide a complete line of service for any extrusion application. We pioneered advancements for every part of your press: manifolds, die changing, manipulator arms, billet loaders, distributed manifolds, shears and complete control systems. These custom-engineered solutions increase efficiency—while simultaneously reducing downtime.

Whether 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 with Oilgear, you can even improve the function of your machine.

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The S-Curve Ultra Speed Billet Loader is a replacement for the traditional solenoid valve with flow controls setup. It has an average time savings of 1.2 seconds per installation for the extend/retract cycle.


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

We have the product you need. Our hydraulic equipment includes pumps, valves, manifolds and complete systems. We have electronic controls for retrofit projects or as complete assembled systems. These 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 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.

You’re always working to upgrade your operations with improved performance or reliability. Our technical specialists will evaluate your current loader and press systems—using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment—to help you decrease cycle time, eliminate shock and increase productive uptime. We can also help you develop preventive maintenance programs to ensure optimum machine performance.

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

Oilgear Wood Press Control - Oilgear