Bending

The bending technology area includes all manner of machines and processes for bending sheet metal, including press brakes, folders, panel benders, corner formers, ironworkers, notchers, orbital formers, and roll benders. It also has information on accessories such as gauging and backgauging systems.

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Applications: Electric press brakes set the pace for lighting products manufacturer

May 23, 2016

Situation: Kenall Mfg. is a manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting products for challenging environments. In late 2014 the company moved its production and office operations from Gurnee, Ill., to Kenosha, Wis., while also reducing its fabrication operation from three shifts to two....

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Wilson Tool celebrates 50 years in business

May 19, 2016

Wilson Tool Intl., a manufacturer of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes, and punch and die components for the stamping industry, will mark its 50th year in business on June 2, 2016. The company was founded by Ken and Ruth Wilson as The Wilson Tool Co. in a basement shop in St....

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D&S Mfg. adds double-initial-pinch angle roll

May 12, 2016

D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., has acquired a new 308HV4 Carell double-initial-pinch angle roll. The machine increases the company’s roll bending capabilities. While existing fabrication equipment allows D&S to roll parts up to 10 ft. long, the new machine increases the company’s...

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Which press brake is best?

May 9, 2016

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No press brake is best for every application, but you can find a press brake that’s best for you. To find that press brake, you need to match what’s available—hydraulic, hybrid, electric, mechanical, and other styles, along with the tooling—with what your operation needs.

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Schwarze-Robitec restructures sales department

May 4, 2016

Tube bending machine manufacturer Schwarze-Robitec, Cologne, Germany, has named Heike Ahlers as sales and marketing manager and has announced the retirement of former Sales Manager Jürgen Korte. Ahlers joined the company in 2013. She was significantly involved in 2015 with the opening of the...

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Perfection Global, FMA to host press brake workshop May 4-5

May 3, 2016

Perfection Global and Rockford, Ill.-based Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) will conduct a hands-on press brake training workshop May 4-5 at Perfection Global’s machinery showroom in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Attendees will receive expert instruction and coaching on proper metal...

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The sheet metal bending department evolves

April 27, 2016

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As cutting productivity rises to unprecedented levels, fabricators tackle their next bottleneck: bending. Today, panel benders, folders, and press brakes with automated tool changing are expanding forming possibilities and making new levels of bending productivity possible.

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Servo-drive press brake features two angle measuring systems

April 25, 2016

TRUMPF Inc. offers the new TruBend series 5000 press brake equipped with on-demand servo drive with four-cylinder drive technology. The servo drive offers quiet operation and consumes energy only during the bending process. The machine features two angle measuring systems. Automatically...

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DeWys Mfg. adds panel bending capabilities

April 25, 2016

Precision metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. Inc. has added a Salvagnini P2-Lean panel bender at its facility in Marne, Mich. The machine features an automatic tool changer, Mac (material attitude correction) 2.0, and electric-driven actuators. Its upper and lower bend blades allow bends from -135 to...

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EVS Metal acquires power press brake with automation

April 14, 2016

Metal fabrication, machining, and finishing shop EVS Metal Inc. has added an Amada EG 6013 power press brake with automation to its Riverdale, N.J., manufacturing facility. The machine uses a 6-axis robot that automatically sets itself up with the correct tools to create the required bends, even in...

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Mac-Tech to host press brake bending seminar May 19-20

April 13, 2016

Mac-Tech Inc., a metal fabricating equipment distributor and service provider, will host a 1½-day press brake bending seminar, taught by bending guru Steve Benson, May 19-20 at its headquarters in Milwaukee. The event will include live demonstrations and technical presentations on press brake...

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Press brake bending: Applying the 20 percent rule to 6061 aluminum

April 13, 2016

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Four areas to consider when bending include (1) formability; (2) thickness and bend radius; (3) tensile, yield, and elongation; and (4) how to deal with bending tempered materials. This month, Steven Benson applies these to forming 6061 aluminum.

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Control system allows bending machine network creation

March 31, 2016

Schwarze-Robitec GmbH offers the NxG 2.0 high-performance control system, which allows the user to create a network of bending machines within a company. With the objective to get the bending technology ready for Industry 4.0, the manufacturer integrated fundamental modules into the CNC system....

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How one fabricator maintains quality in bending

March 31, 2016

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DeWys Manufacturing, Marne, Mich., used to rely on quality personnel running all over the plant to check parts, but that caused downtime as people waited for the quality check. As the company explored lean manufacturing and refined its training process, it sought to make quality the job of everyone, not just a select few. The results of this thinking are particularly evident in the press brake department.

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Software connects all data, processes involved in bent part production

March 30, 2016

Aicon 3D Systems has launched BendingStudio 3.0 software. It connects all data and processes involved in bent part manufacturing, from production and process planning to manufacturing and quality control, with emphasis on metrological processes. The setup of inspection plans is separated from...

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