April 3, 2014 | By William Q. Tingley III
Properly setting up the tooling on a tube or pipe bender can be a straightforward process, but misunderstandings and shortcuts can lead to poor setups. The wiper die’s rake angle is one such setting. Operators should beware that setting the tool to a specific gap at its trailing edge can lead to inconsistent setups.
March 24, 2014 | By Steve Benson
Press brake setup is a critical part of doing any bending job correctly. By focusing on a few key areas—selection of tools and forming processes, easy-to-understand setup sheets, and ISO documentation—the press brake operator is in a much better position to succeed.
March 17, 2014 | By Tim Heston
BEPeterson, Avon, Mass., used to be a weld shop. Most of the work was seasonal, which isn’t really a solid foundation for growth. The fabricator changed that with a commitment to diversification. Today the company has three unique business units: power utility, medical, and pressure vessels.
March 10, 2014
The Elect XL150 all-electric tube bender from BLM Group USA bends tubes up to 6 in. dia. The unit can handle applications with few or no straights between bends and those requiring tight-radius bends. The precise control and positioning of the bender’s electric axes help ensure that optimum...
March 10, 2014 | By Frank Rajk
Bending plate is not a process that metal fabricators consider to be a highly efficient one. The blanks typically are large and awkward to handle. Fortunately, the proper tooling strategies can help.
February 27, 2014
Davi has announced the purchase of an MAV 3060 variable-axis plate roll by Edmonton Exchanger, Edmonton, Alb. The machine has a capacity of 10 ft. by 3.25...
February 26, 2014
Lang Tube Tec offers the 80CNC-EMR, which it says is the world’s first fully electric-powered automatic bending machine to use a lifting table that creates vertical shift of collet rotation and mandrel retract both at the same time. The integrated booster for applying additional pressure on the...
February 26, 2014
Schwarze-Robitec offers a new machine control for CNC pipe bending machines, designed to help reduce auxiliary process time. The company has broken down the bending process and arranged each step synchronously. According to the manufacturer, the control prepares the respectively next working...
February 11, 2014
Wila® USA has introduced the Smart Tool Locator, offered as an option on the company’s New Standard Premium Clamping System for press brakes. The locator uses LED lights integrated in the clamping system to show the operator where to position the tooling. The lights are controlled by the...
February 7, 2014
The Green Bay Area Public School District, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance have announced the development of Bay Link Manufacturing, a high-precision manufacturing learning lab in Green Bay West High School, Green Bay, Wis. The lab provides high school...
January 30, 2014
Numalliance, a manufacturer of CNC bending equipment for tube, wire, and flat stock in Les Vosges, France, has acquired Silfax, Vourles, France. With the acquisition, Numalliance intends to enhance its product offering and increase its visibility in the aerospace industry. Silfax, a...
January 27, 2014 | By Steve Benson
Large or profound-radius bends are those in which the inside bend radius exceeds eight times the material thickness, but is still too small to move to the plate roll. At this point, a press brake operator has to change his mindset before proceeding. This is not a typical bending job.
January 14, 2014
AddisonMckee has designed a new quick-change tool system to help reduce the labor power and time required for tooling changeover on tube bending machines. With the quick-change system, one person can perform part-to-part tool changes with single- or multistack tooling in less than 10 min., the...
January 2, 2014 | By Steve Benson
When bending on a press brake, thicker and harder plates require larger minimum bend radii. Finding the true minimum bend radius for steel or aluminum plate requires a little research. Nonetheless, the answers are there, waiting for you to find them.
January 2, 2014 | By Tim Heston
Robbins Manufacturing of Fall River, Wis., has invested in an extensive training program, including machine-specific training, especially on the press brake. The company also has invested heavily in new technology, including a brake with automatic tool change. Both investments are paying off.