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Fabricator finds versatility in panel bender -

Fabricator finds versatility in panel bender

August 9, 2013 | By Dan Davis

In the early 2000s, Innovated Machine & Tool Co., Newport News, Va., tried a robotic press brake for a bending job and found that it worked out well--for that job. Unfortunately, when the contract ended, so did the useful life of that robotic press brake. Since then, the shop hasn't had to worry about machine obsolescence because its panel bending technology is helping it stay on top of all sorts of bending work.

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Bending Basics: Why tonnage matters -

Bending Basics: Why tonnage matters

August 1, 2013 | By Steve Benson

Selecting the press brake and tooling for a job involves much more than just making sure there’s enough brute force. You need to calculate how much tonnage the job requires, then determine the best machine and tooling to handle the tonnage.

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Tube bending machines optimized for speed

July 29, 2013

Unison has introduced a new generation of all-electric bending machines featuring mechanical architecture and control software improvements that help reduce tubular part fabrication times. The redesign reduces the time required for intermediate handling and tooling configuration tasks before and...

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Tooling performs 90-degree bends on a punch press -

Tooling performs 90-degree bends on a punch press

July 15, 2013

Mate Precision Tooling’s new VariBend™ is a flexible, multipurpose tool that bends sheet metal tabs at any angle up to 90 degrees in 1-degree increments. It eliminates secondary operations usually performed on a press brake. The tool produces form heights of about 0.300 to 0.700 in....

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Special tooling makes short work of large-part production -

Special tooling makes short work of large-part production

July 12, 2013 | By Dan Davis, John Wold

Any fabricator that has had to wrestle with large panels or thick plate in a press brake has to wonder if something can be done to make the job easier. In many instances, specialized tooling can help.

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TRUMPF Inc. names new president/CEO -

TRUMPF Inc. names new president/CEO

July 10, 2013

Fabricating machinery manufacturer TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named Dr. Lars Gruenert as president and CEO, succeeding Rolf Biekert. In this position, he is responsible for all of the company’s subsidiaries and business operations in North America, including manufacturing,...

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Unison adds production capacity

July 8, 2013

Unison, a Madera, Calif.-based manufacturer of all-electric tube bending machines, has opened a new facility in Scarborough, U.K. The building more than doubles the production capacity of the company and accelerates machine building times by about 15 percent. "The new facility has allowed us to...

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IRMCO names M-Tech as representative

June 20, 2013

IRMCO® Advanced Lubricant Technologies, Evanston, Ill., a manufacturer of synthetic stamping, forming, and bending lubricants, has announced the addition of Manufacturing Technology (M-Tech) as its sales representative in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. M-Tech is a distributor of metal...

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Roto-Die joins the Formtek Group

June 18, 2013

Formtek Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase Cleveland-based Roto-Die Inc., a manufacturer of hydraulic press brakes for sheet metal. Roto-Die will join the Cleveland location of Formtek....

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Tonnage increased on ironworkers

June 18, 2013

Piranha, a division of MegaFab, has introduced a new line of single-operator ironworkers with increased tonnage and capacity. The new tonnages by model are P50, P65, P90, P110, and P140. All new models include FEA, structural changes, and new materials....

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Sterling Fabrication Technology opens Dallas showroom

June 17, 2013

Sterling Fabrication Technology has opened a 5,000-sq.-ft. showroom in Dallas featuring laser, plasma, and waterjet cutting machines, as well as press brakes and finishing equipment from TRUMPF®, Hypertherm, Haeusler, Lissmac, and Virtek. Personalized virtual demonstrations are available via the...

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CNC press brake line offered -

CNC press brake line offered

June 10, 2013

The new Atlantic Blue Line program from Haco-Atlantic Inc. includes type ATP hydraulic press brakes from 50 to 300 tons with working lengths to 13 ft., type ATS hydraulic guillotine shears from 0.25 to 0.625 in. with cutting lengths to 13 ft., and a type ATT 30-ton hydraulic CNC turret punching...

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Heavy-duty line assists press brake plate bending -

Heavy-duty line assists press brake plate bending

June 10, 2013

Wila® USA has introduced the HD heavy-duty product line to help maximize press brake productivity when bending plate from 0.3125 to 1 in. thick or when bending high, concentrated loads, such as high-tensile-strength materials in dies with smaller than normal V-openings. The line comprises...

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New management team joins R&B Machining

June 6, 2013

R&B Machining Inc., a manufacturer of tube bending and end forming tooling, end forming machines, and automated systems in Wilmington, Ohio, has announced the recent addition of a new management team to lead a restructuring of its business. The company has appointed Joe Eramo as CEO, Mike...

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Freeform bending process handles large radii -

Freeform bending process handles large radii

June 6, 2013

Schwarze-Robitec has developed a freeform bending concept for all-electric tube bending machines in the CNC 40 E TB MR to CNC 160 E TB MR series. The technology allows the creation of large bending radii and variable-radius paths on tubes and profiles. The system achieves high repeat accuracy...

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