Key utilities and deployment of the Fontijne Presses laboratory presses

When it comes to ensuring seamless operations and optimal performance, understanding the utilities required for laboratory presses and deploying the equipment properly are of utmost importance. In this blog article, we will discuss the essential utilities needed to power Fontijne Presses laboratory presses and the best practices for their deployment.


1.  Electrical connections 

Depending on the specific model acquired, the necessary electrical connections may vary. The LabManual and LabTop series can be operated using 230VAC 50Hz / 16A, while the LabEcon and LabPro series require 400V – 3phase – 50Hz + ground + zero / 16A-32A-63A, depending on the closing force, heating rate, and configuration (single- or double-daylight). Should your application require a different voltage, Fontijne Presses can provide suitable solutions. 

2. Cooling options: water and compressed air 

Water is essential for cooling down the heated press plates, and Fontijne Presses offer several cooling options, each with its pros and cons. The available choices are: 

  • Process Water / Drinking Water Cooling System (with condenser): This option involves connecting the press to either the process water or drinking water supply. A condenser may be utilized for improved efficiency. 
  • Chiller: The chiller cooling system provides very consistent cooling and maintains a closed system, but it requires additional space and has higher energy consumption. 
  •  Cassette Cooling System: Ideal for applications requiring rapid cooling, the cassette cooling system quickly exchanges hot and cold platens, achieving incredibly fast cooling speeds. 
3. Proper drainage: managing wastewater 

As the press plates are cooled, wastewater is generated, and its temperature will match the reading on the screen. It is crucial to organize the water discharge carefully to avoid environmental risks. Fontijne Presses recommends using heat- and pressure-resistant hoses for wastewater drainage, instead of PVC pipes. The drain must always have an open connection with the ambient air to facilitate proper disposal. 

4. Compressed air for cooling channel purging 

Compressed air plays a vital role in removing cooling water from the press’s cooling channels. 

For cool water connection, compressed air connection and water outlet following connections are used: 

  • 3/8” -> Pipe Ø12, M18x1.5 or Push-Lok Hose DN10, Ø15,9×10 
  • 1/2” -> Pipe Ø15, M22x1.5 or Push-Lok Hose DN12, Ø19,8×12 
  • 3/4” -> Pipe Ø22, M30x2 or Push-Lok Hose DN20, Ø26,2×20 

Consult the relevant manual for the technical information applicable for your specific press. 

Deployment: ensuring safety and convenience   

Fontijne Presses laboratory presses are shipped in sturdy wooden transport boxes, and any accompanying accessories may be shipped separately. During unpacking of the press, it is crucial to use lifting equipment and accessories with sufficient capacity, considering the press’s weight. Adhering to general safety precautions when lifting the press is vital to prevent personal injuries and machine damage.   

Fontijne Presses recommends flexible connections instead of fixed ones for utilities to facilitate service and maintenance, ensuring a free area around the press for convenient access. Additionally, attention should be paid to minimal floor load, and the necessary measures should be taken before the press is delivered to its designated location. 


Fontijne Presses laboratory presses offer unmatched precision and innovation, but their seamless operation and longevity depend on understanding and managing the utilities they require. By powering the press correctly, employing the right cooling methods, ensuring proper drainage, and deploying the equipment safely and efficiently, researchers and technicians can unlock the full potential of Fontijne Presses laboratory presses, making groundbreaking strides in material research and development.  Whether it’s through process/drinking water cooling, chiller cooling, or the innovative cassette cooling system, Fontijne Presses ensures that the laboratory presses deliver optimal performance and reliability for various material testing and analysis applications.