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Systematic™ Press Selection Tool

Our Systematic™ approach is a step by step tutorial on how to get the most out of our Press-In-A-Box™ approach to press building.

Step 1: Select the right Multicyl for the job

The first and most important part of the system is the Multicyl cylinder, as it is the power source for the system. The two major considerations during cylinder selection are tonnage and stroke. Tonnage is important as your Multicyl system will need enough force to do the job, and stroke is important as the Multicyl must have enough travel to both do the work and allow for parts loading. Note that the Multicyl’s stroke consists of both an advance stroke and a power stroke – click here for a detailed description of how a Multicyl works.

Use our tonnage calculator to determine your force requirements.

To use our tonnage calculator select either the hole diameter or shear length option. Then select your material on the right or fill in the tensile strength of the material you are using (KSI). Fill in the rest of the data and hit calculate. You will be given the tonnage requirement and a list of potential Multicyl cylinders for the application.


Click here for Tonnage Calculator Example.

Tonnage Calculator

Shear Length:      Diameter:
Tensile Strength (KSI): Steel
Diameter/Shear Length (inches): Aluminum
Thickness (inches): Stainless Steel
Tonnage Requirement:

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Tonnage Calculator Example:

Tonnage Calculator Example


For example, if you need to punch a ½” diameter hole in 16ga mild steel, and want to figure out how much tonnage it requires so you can select your Multicyl: 

  1. Select the “Diameter” option as you are punching a round hole (A).  
  2. Select the steel option (B) and the 50KSI is automatically filled in. 
  3. Enter the hole size (C) and material thickness (D) information and then hit the calculate button (E)
  4. The tonnage requirement for your ½” hole appears (F).


NOTE:  All compatible Multicyls are listed in the “Recommended Cylinders” list below.  Please remember that stroke considerations are important as well, and you can research the recommended cylinders for stroke and additional information on our product page.  For hole punching in sheet metal we typically recommend the MC 15-5-9 or XL 25-5-9 models.  If you have any questions about your application or our products please contact us any time.