Adjusting Cams on Universal I Power

I have a early model Universal I Power that I have recently purchased. When running the automatic carriage it has a tendency to slam into the end of the run and upon returning to the feed board slamming into that. I have adjusted the speed and the brake using the dials on the operators side, but think I need to adjust the cams (is this the correct term) on the other side.

Question is, how in the world do I do this? Is there a way that Vandercook suggest to get the most middle of the road action? I have pictures of how all four are set up and each cam.

Please note: one of the previous owner in their amazing wisdom decided to spray paint this press a disgusting dark grey and when they replaced some of the the labels on the cams they did some upside down.

photo 5 photo 4 photo 3 cams closest to feed board cams closest to the end of run



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The Arm
10 years ago

Hey Chris,
Your press has two styles of switches, while my Universal IIIs only have four identical units. They are still available NOS on eBay. Do a search for BZE6 2RN2. If the parts you need are for the Allen Bradley units you may also be able to find them by searching there.


Paul Moxon, Moderator
10 years ago

You may be able to clean up the screw with a thread cutting die. Once you know the diameter then you can figure out the thread pitch (per inch): it’s either fine or coarse. Individual dies are $4-6 each.

Paul Moxon, Moderator
10 years ago

It appears that you’re confusing the limit switches (the fixed electrical boxes with the protruding arm and wheel) with the limit switch cams (the rails that hangs below the carriage and which slide over the wheels of the limit switches). Adjustment of the limit switch cams, described in the manual, is excerpted below:

You may also want to review mechanical terms by looking at our Glossary.

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