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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Tube bending lubricant leaves clean coating that does not build up on mandrel

April 12, 2010

Accu-Lube JL-12 is an opaque gel from ITW ROCOL(R) North America, formulated for tube bending applications. It can be pumped or hand-applied directly to the tube or bending mandrels, leaving a clean...

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press brake work procedure

A safer way to bend bar stock in a press brake

April 1, 2010

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The lack of communication about metal fabricating practices and formal documentation of those processes is a real shame. Metal fabricators may be engaging in shop floor practices that just don't make sense from an efficiency and safety standpoint, and they may not be willing to change if allowed to use these processes over an extended period of time. Metal fabricating he was left alone on the shop floor and how that led him to develop a better way to bend bar stock in a press brake

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Cretors & Co Stamp of Americana

Older than Oscar® — Part II

March 9, 2010

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While it may seem as though movies and popcorn have always co-existed, the automatic popcorn machine actually was invented by Charles Cretor in 1893—before the first motion picture premiered. A century and a quarter-century later, manufacturer C. Cretors & Company, Chicago, celebrates its anniversary, success, and outright survival—bending and adapting through two world wars, the Great Depression, the advent of automobiles, television, the electronic age, dot.comera, globalization—and motion pictures.

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precision rolling systems

Rolling for wind

March 1, 2010

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Wind tower production requires intensive use of the rolling machine. Because of this, selecting the right rolling machine is paramount.

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Midrange press brake automatically selects bend sequences

February 9, 2010

Bystronic has introduced a new version of its midrange press brake, the EP series. The new machine, equipped with the Cybelec DNC 880S 2D control, can select bend sequences automatically to help...

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Press brake monitoring system detects even small foreign bodies

February 9, 2010

Pilz offers the PSENvip camera-based protection system for visual monitoring of press brake bending processes. When installed on the upper die of a press brake, the system detects even small foreign...

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sure iron work corrugated pieces

Bending perforated weathering steel: Not a pedestrian challenge

February 8, 2010

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Sure Iron works takes on a fabricating challenge: bump-bending perforated weathering steel plate sections with edges that aren't designed to be perfectly square.

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bress brake knowledge shop

Reclaiming the disappearing press brake knowledge in your shop

January 14, 2010

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Expensive options on a press brake won't guarantee knowledge transfer from a veteran press brake operator to a shop floor rookie. For knowledge transfer to occur, a shop needs experienced workers that can communicate and a younger work force eager to learn because they see a future in metal fabricating.

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Tube bending tooling alternative to solid wiper tooling

January 12, 2010

Bend Tooling Inc. has introduced the patent-pending High-Pressure Wiper System™ as an alternative to solid wiper tooling.It is an assembly consisting of a solid steel body, a single- or...

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Servo-electric bender performs multi functions with standard tooling

January 12, 2010

The Fast Bend is the newest member of the Prima Finn-Power servo-electric bender family. It can bend five different parts with different thicknesses and alloys in five minutes, the company states.The...

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Unison receives all-electric tube bender order from BAE Systems

January 12, 2010

Unison, Scarborough, U.K., has received an order from BAE Systems Surface Ships for a large tube bending machine to support ongoing projects, including the construction of the Royal Navy's Queen...

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Unison supplies all-electric tube bending machine to Boeing

December 15, 2009

Unison, located in Scarsborough, U.K., has supplied a second all-electric tube bending machine to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.The Breeze 20 system can make precision bends on alloy and aluminum...

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press brake safety evaluation

One safeguard (not) for all

November 3, 2009

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No one press brake safeguard works fore all applications.

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bending pressbrake greiner

A giant among machines

October 8, 2009

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Greiner specializes in structural steel and heavy plate fabrication. It does work for power plants and the mining industry. In the 33 years the company has been in business, it has done structural steel jobs in an industry where the work always seems to be getting larger and heavier. It recently installed a 40-ft.-long press brake that weighs more than 800,000 lbs.

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automated panel bender

Thinking outside the press brake

October 5, 2009

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Automating bending with a press brake tied to a robot isn't the only option. Panel benders and folding technologies have evolved to handle more parts and various lot sizes.

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