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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Bending Basics: How to locate the press brake’s backgauge position

August 17, 2016 | By Steve Benson

When determining the backgauge position, you need to know the outside flange dimension and bend deduction, based on the actual radius you achieve.

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Wila names VP of sales and marketing

August 8, 2016

Wila® USA, Hanover, Md., has announced the addition of Brian Sarno as senior vice president of sales and marketing. He has more than 23 years of experience within the industrial/manufacturing markets. Sarno previously served as an executive at World and Main, Interline, and Grainger. He has a...

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Panel bender offers single-sequence loading/unloading

July 12, 2016

Prima Power has introduced the BCe Smart 2220 panel bending machine. Its large working table allows loading and unloading in a single sequence, and the machine does not require skilled operators. With the machine’s barcode reader and ATC system, setup is automatic, takes place in masked time, and...

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Applying sheet metal forming principles to plastic

July 12, 2016 | By Steve Benson

Anytime the inside radius or material thickness varies, there will be a change in the bend deduction. This is just as true when bending plastic as it is when bending sheet metal.

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The human side of the skilled-labor crisis

July 8, 2016 | By Tim Heston

In metal fabrication, companies need technical skill, but there’s a humanity to the skill that’s often overlooked. It’s about the relationship between the technician, his machine, and the workpiece.

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Rotary bender cams material without distortion

July 6, 2016

Dayton Lamina™ offers the new Posi-Bend™ rotary bender as an alternative to wiping dies. The self-contained rotary bender cams the material without distortion, sliding, or marring, says the company. Custom orders are also available with short lead...

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Tooling: The heart of choosing a press brake

July 5, 2016 | By Steve Benson

When considering a new press brake purchase, focus on the tooling and forming method first. How will your staff react to changes? How steep will the learning curve be? Also, think about where your company is headed and the markets it serves.

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Managing part flow in custom metal fabrication

July 1, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Think of how fast modern laser cutting is; now think of a typical press brake. There’s no contest. With this in mind, how can a fab shop best manage part flow? Elements of quick-response manufacturing (QRM) can help.

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Big press brake bending, high throughput

June 29, 2016 | By Tim Heston

In large-workpiece bending, material handling and tooling changeover can take serious time. Shorten that time, and bending throughput levels, even for the largest jobs, can jump significantly.

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Gel formulated for bending of large-diameter tube

June 24, 2016

IRMCO GEL® 986-00D is designed for bending tubing up to 8 in. dia. made from 304, 409, and 439 stainless steels and mild steels. It can be applied through the mandrel or manually by swabbing. The gel contains no chlorine, phosphorus, sulfur, boron, or zinc-containing EP/AW additives. It also...

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40-ton electric press brake offers 60-in. working length

June 8, 2016

LVD Strippit has introduced the Dyna-Press 40/15 Plus, a compact, high-speed, 40-ton electric press brake. The machine, which offers a working length of 60 in., features a precision 4-axis backgauge and the Touch-B touchscreen CNC. The press brake is designed to bend parts at 59 IPM. The ram...

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Swing ear sets help simplify removal of parts from press brakes

June 6, 2016

Wilson Tool International® offers swing ear sets for removing parts from press brakes. Suitable for bending boxes with four sides and return flanges, the swing ears are available in most profiles for American-, European-, and WT-style punches. With the addition of swing ears, the punch does not...

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Drive systems, automation, and flow: a press brake evolution

June 1, 2016 | By Marcel Fiedler, Paul LeTang

Over the years press brake machines have undergone three big changes: how the machines are driven, how they are automated, and, finally, how parts flow through them.

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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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