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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Keeping safe while bending parts fast on a press brake

October 20, 2014

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Customers want parts right away, and newer laser cutting technology is producing parts quicker than ever before. If a fabricator wants the bending department to keep up, it needs press brakes that can bend parts quickly. Even with the increased bending productivity, however, fabricators don’t have to sacrifice safety.

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Hydraulic drive technology allows energy savings in tube processing

October 15, 2014

A new development from transfluid has improved the efficiency of hydraulic drives for tube processing. According to the company, the technology allows energy savings up to 70 percent. The manufacturer implements the controls on the hydraulic pumps using servomotors. The speed and thus the volume...

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All-electric tube bender handles diameters to 9 in.

October 9, 2014

Unison has developed an all-electric tube bending machine that can bend tubes and pipes up to 9 in. dia. According to the company, the availability of an all-electric machine at this size level brings instant setup and precision bending to applications in the shipbuilding, power generation, oil and...

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TRUMPF FABTECH 2014 Preview

TRUMPF Inc.

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The Power to Perform. An overview of the products TRUMPF will have on display at FABTECH Nov 11-13 in Atlanta. See laser cutting, punching, bending, automation, laser marking, software, services and portable power tools. See you in Atlanta! Visit our web site at www.us.trumpf.com.

Press brake tooling made for European-, Wila-style configurations

September 4, 2014

Mate Precision Tooling has launched a new line of press brake tooling punches and dies for press brakes configured with European precision-style and Wila TRUMPF®-style tooling. The press brake line includes punches, dies, standard specials, specials, and accessories, available in segmented,...

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The economics of small-parts bending

August 27, 2014

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Bending small parts presents various challenges for press brake technicians, who need to make sure they can bend these small parts quickly and, most importantly, safely. Although the best approach to bending depends on the application, the electric press brake can help make the job much easier.

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6-axis CNC backgauge retrofits to press brakes

August 21, 2014

Zakron U.S.A. has introduced a line of retrofittable 6-axis CNC backgauges for press brakes with bed lengths from 10 to 20 ft. and from 200 to 1,000 tons. X1, X2 travel is 24 to 72 in.; R1, R2 travel is 6 to 15 in.; and Z1, Z2 travel is 8 to 18 in., depending on the model. The backgauges...

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Rapid clamping system speeds up tool change

August 20, 2014

Schwarze-Robitec has developed the Quick Tool Unlock rapid clamping system for tube bending machines. It allows quick change of the bending formers without tools. The clamping system comprises a split tension rod with clamping lever, as well as a swivel device. Only the clamping lever is...

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New line of press brake tooling punches and dies launched

August 14, 2014

Mate Precision Tooling has launched a new line of tooling punches and dies for press brakes configured with European precision-style and Wila TRUMPF-style tooling. The new line is manufactured from premium alloy tool steels with the wear surfaces induction-hardened for enhanced...

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Is a press brake or plate roll the right tool for the job?

August 4, 2014

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Some metal fabricating shops rely on press brakes and bump forming to make cylindrical shapes, while others are more adept at using plate rolling machines. This feature explores the factors involved in determining whether a press brake or a plate roller is the right machine for the job.

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Servo-electric press brake features O-frame that reduces vertical deflection

July 16, 2014

CoastOne Oy, Finland, has introduced a new O-frame series of servo-electric press brakes to the North American market through International Technologies Inc. The machine, which is accurate up to ±0.0000787 in., has a frame design that helps reduce vertical deflection and torsion. Sizes vary...

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Bending machine design helps minimize setup time

July 14, 2014

Schwarze-Robitec has developed the CNC 60 E TB MR bending machine. Equipped with multitools, it allows production of different radii, as well as bend-in-bend systems. The machine is suitable for the manufacture of exhaust pipes with a bending radius of 1xD without straight intermediate lengths...

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Bending Basics: The hows and whys of springback and springforward

July 9, 2014

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Why exactly does springback occur, and how can a technician predict it? Press brake guru Steve Benson covers the basic factors.

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Compact 3-D bender can be integrated with robotics

July 9, 2014

Automated Industrial Machinery Inc. (AIM) offers the AFC compact 3-D bender. The small-footprint machine requires a low investment, enabling smaller companies to bring in automation and the larger ones to offset current capacity. Features include standard slip ring technology with unlimited...

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CTL hot rolls 1.57-in.-thick zirconium plate

June 27, 2014

Charles Thompson Ltd. (CTL), South Yorkshire, U.K., has successfully produced a zirconium bundle and header for a TEMA AKU type heat exchanger from a Grade 702, 1.57-in.-thick flat plate. “The challenge was the hot rolling of the zirconium at this thickness, taking into account the...

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