PHI, a division of Tulip Corporation, was originally founded during the early 1940's as Preco Incorporated of Los Angeles, a maker of bench-type molding presses for laminating documents and identification cards.
Since those early beginnings, PHI has expanded its capabilities and markets by producing larger presses, incorporating new technologies, to serve a variety of specialized industries. Because of this vast experience, PHI is today a major supplier of presses for applications that require precise temperature, pressure and position control. Fast approach speeds, programmable temperature and pressure profiles, computer controls and vacuum chambers are some of the options available with today's PHI presses. Capacities range from 20 to 1000 tons, Platen sizes from 8" x 8" to 60" x 60" and temperatures available up to 1000º.
In 1977, PHI became a division of Tulip Corporation, which at that time included the PHI equipment division and Molded Products division, a leading supplier of hard rubber and plastic battery component parts. The solid success of Tulip Corporation lead to the acquisition in 1985 of the Machine Tool Division of Conrac, which was integrated into PHI.
PHI's machine tool products today include tube/pipe benders, end finishing machines, flare-flange equipment and tooling, and automatic welding systems.
PHI produces precision tube and pipe benders capable of bending material in diameters from 1/8" up to 8". End finishing applications include tube squaring, beading and deburring. Welding systems are used to fabricate welded structural beams such as are used by the metal building and truck trailer industries.
Headquartered in the City of Industry, California, PHI today consists of two manufacturing operations-strategically integrated in one facility.
The first operation produces compression presses for applications such as printed circuit board lamination and composite plastic molding. PHI's customers typically require custom press designs with state-of-the-art controls and automation.
In the worldwide market for precision hydraulic compression presses, PHI is the acknowledged leader.
The second manufacturing operation produces precision, semi-auto-matic tube/pipe fabricating equipment for bending and end-finishing including the associated tooling. Automatic beam welding systems are also made.
Both operation and their customers benefit from the efficient integration of engineering and manufacturing at PHI.