March 3, 2017 | By Tim Heston
A press brake manufacturer uncovers an alternative to the conventional C-frame design. According to the company, the modular design eliminates the need for a conventional crowning system and makes machine installation easier.
March 2, 2017 | By Steve Benson
Do the rules of precision bending apply to heavy plate fabrication? Of course they do. After all, it’s really just a matter of scale.
February 24, 2017 | By Kate Bachman
Weaver Fabrication & Finishing gauges its bent parts' quality before they're even formed--from ensuring that its material is to spec to measuring that the dimensions, thickness, stiffness, and edge quality of the parts it bends on its new press brake machine are to its customers' specs. Here is how the manufacturer does it.
January 30, 2017 | By Tim Heston
At Minneapolis-based Atlas Manufacturing, a collaborative robot has taken over the mundane task of forming long runs of simple parts.
January 30, 2017 | By Steve Benson
When choosing tools to bend aluminum, as always, you need to consider the naturally floated radius as well as where the bend turns sharp. You also may consider forming certain aluminum grades in the annealed condition.
January 20, 2017 | By Tom Adams
CAD software allows engineers to work up perfect designs, and this is problematic for tube fabricators. If the engineer lacks experience with tube, they tend to develop parts that can't be made, or can't be made economically. Unison has introduced software to deal with this situation.
January 9, 2017 | By Steve Benson
Making accurate time estimates requires both complete information about the job at hand as well as technical talent, both in engineering and in press brake operation.
January 4, 2017 | By Paul LeTang
This overview provides a brief discussion of press drives, crowning systems, and tooling setup found on today's press brakes.
December 6, 2016 | By Steve Benson
Measuring hems, acute angles, and unparallel flanges isn’t difficult—if you have the right tools and dimensional information, and you know how to use both properly.
November 16, 2016
Press brake operators use rules of thumb when it comes to determining sharp bends. But what truly determines the point at which a bend turns sharp is the relationship between the punch nose radius, the tonnage required to form, and the shear strength of the material.
October 27, 2016 | By David Bishop
The latest advances in adjustable V dies have finally brought the kind of flexibility to plate bending that those in the precision sheet metal arena have enjoyed for years.
October 24, 2016 | By Steve Benson
As parts become more complicated and our machines get more sophisticated and precise, there is a real need to be much more precise in our trade-related language.
October 11, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Plate and angle rolling remains extremely dependent on operator skill. According to a U.S. roll shop roundtable discussion held at a Davi angle rolling event in Italy, that skill really is what sets a custom rolling operation apart.
September 15, 2016 | By Steve Benson
When determining the root causes of part failure, look to not just the forming method and tooling, but also the quality of material. Cheap material can be extremely costly over the long run.
August 29, 2016 | By Tim Heston
Phoenix Products has more than doubled its size during the past year, and much of that growth has to do with tackling an unusual niche: the bending of long, skinny parts.