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Folding out the waste

September 9, 2011 | By David Prokop

Over the past decade metal folding technology has evolved significantly. Years ago most considered the process optimal only for large, unwieldy workpeices. But with fast, servodriven folding beams that can bend in both the positive and negative direction, the situation has changed dramatically.

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New technology developments in the fold

November 1, 2010 | By David Prokop

Bidirectional bending was a big step forward in the capabilities of folding machines. However, the technology continues to advance with the emergence of faster folding speeds, more tooling flexibility, wider working envelopes, and more specialized folding capabilities.

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KO'ing keystrokes

August 1, 2009 | By Tim Heston

A transformer manufacturer completely automates folding machine programming.

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Folding technology advancements

July 14, 2009 | By David Prokop

Today's folding technology can help bring a new level of efficiency and capability to a metal forming operation. Among the enhancements in modern folding systems are increased automation and gauging capabilities and the ability to fold an even wider range of materials.

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Single beam system folds negative

Bending up and down, no flipping required

July 15, 2008 | By Rick Wester

Folding advancements allow a single beam to fold in both positive, negative directions.

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Heavy bending

January 15, 2008 | By Ron Backhaus, Robert Stasalovich

When bending material thicker than 10-gauge, at least two operators are needed to handle the plate, and manipulating it for various bends can be a strenuous work, not to mention a serious safety hazard for the operators. That's heavy stuff, and for these large-workpiece applications, a folding machine can step up to the plate.

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Knocked down, but not out

July 10, 2007

It would be an understatement to say that contract manufacturer EPMP Ltd., Seguin, Texas, got off to an inauspicious start. After just four years of operation, Ernest Plant sold the slumping company in 1988. This appeared to be just another short story of a failed start-up manufacturing shop....

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Automating bending, forming operations

July 11, 2006 | By Gregory Guilfoyle

Bending and folding of sheet metal components can be approached manually or with automation. The volume—high, medium, or low&—determines the approach.

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Know when to fold 'em

November 9, 2004 | By Rick Wester

Folding machines aren't the fastest machines for bending sheet metal, but for low- to medium-volume production, they can provide an efficient bending process. Because the equipment operator does not support the weight of the material during the bending cycle, folding machines are well suited to large, bulky parts. Also, part quality is not dependent on an operator's skill.

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Folding technology makes sweeping changes

December 11, 2003 | By Geoff Stone

Schwenkbiegemachinen, or swing bending machines, have been in use for more than 200 years. European manufacturers began to power them with electrical or hydraulic power after World War II, when an enormous amount of sheet metal was used in the reconstruction of Europe.

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Folding technology opens doors for stainless steel appliance fabricator

March 13, 2003 | By Kate Bachman

The H.L. Lyons Co., Louisville, Ky., began 40 years ago as an X-ray equipment company in the basement of Keith and Livingston Lyons parents' house. It later became a general metal fabricating business.

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