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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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....
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....
May 12, 2016
D&S Mfg., Black River Falls, Wis., has acquired a new 308HV4 Carell double-initial-pinch angle roll. The machine increases the company’s roll bending capabilities. While existing fabrication equipment allows D&S to roll parts up to 10 ft. long, the new machine increases the company’s...
May 9, 2016 | By Steve Benson
No press brake is best for every application, but you can find a press brake that’s best for you. To find that press brake, you need to match what’s available—hydraulic, hybrid, electric, mechanical, and other styles, along with the tooling—with what your operation needs.
May 4, 2016
Tube bending machine manufacturer Schwarze-Robitec, Cologne, Germany, has named Heike Ahlers as sales and marketing manager and has announced the retirement of former Sales Manager Jürgen Korte. Ahlers joined the company in 2013. She was significantly involved in 2015 with the opening of the...
May 3, 2016
Perfection Global and Rockford, Ill.-based Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) will conduct a hands-on press brake training workshop May 4-5 at Perfection Global’s machinery showroom in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Attendees will receive expert instruction and coaching on proper metal...