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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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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Haco Atlantic launches new website

June 23, 2014

Haco Atlantic, Houston, has launched a newly designed website at www.hacoatlantic.com. The site presents the company’s metalworking machinery with large images and product...

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Bending machines process plate, sections

June 19, 2014

Schwarze-Robitec offers the Platebender PB series bending machines for plates and Sectionbender SB series bending machines for sections. The plate bending machine processes plates with a material thickness from a fraction of an inch up to 4.92 in. They are equipped optionally with three or four...

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Chicago Metal Fabricators adds 1,500-ton press brake

June 18, 2014

Chicago Metal Fabricators has added an Accurpress 1,500-ton press brake to its factory floor for heavy-duty metal forming The 5-axis, CNC press brake has a bed length of 30 ft., a throat depth of 22 in., and a distance between housings of 26 ft. The company now has two press brakes on its...

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Wilson marks 20th anniversary of press brake tooling division

June 17, 2014

Wilson Tool International is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its press brake tooling division in 2014. Today the company offers standard tooling for European-style setups, its American Precision® and WT Style Precision™ lines, and Exacta conventional press brake tooling. It also offers an...

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Bending tube greener and cleaner

June 9, 2014

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For many, ideas such as green and sustainability are synonymous with recycling, but recycling is just one small part of doing things in a greener way. Minimizing the consumption that later needs to be recycled (waste) is an important aspect, too. Among tube and pipe fabricators, one area that can yield big benefits is lubricant consumption.

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