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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The different parts of panel bending

April 30, 2015

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Is producing a hem on a part more suitable for a panel bender or press brake? Does a part less than a foot long make sense for a panel bender? Can a box design with a 13-in. wall be done on a panel bender? Part designs help to reveal the answers to these questions.

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Wire bending machine handles short-run, high-volume production

April 30, 2015

BLM Group USA has introduced the E-Flex CNC bending machine for wire fabrication. It is equipped with two clockwise and counterclockwise bending turrets for 3-D bending during one-part operation within the same machining cycle. Coil-fed wire is straightened in both a vertical and horizontal...

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Getting a grip

April 24, 2015

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Setting the grip die securely in rotary draw bending requires close attention to three factors: the pressure exerted by the machine, the contact area, and the material’s coefficient of friction.

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Trilogy Machinery appointed as exclusive distributor for Warcom press brakes, shears

April 23, 2015

Belcamp, Md.-based Trilogy Machinery Inc. has been named as the exclusive North American distributor for press brakes and shears manufactured by Warcom, Brescia, Italy. The firm produces a variety of press brakes, including high-speed, precision hydraulic, and all-electric models, as well as...

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CenterLine Precision Tube Bending receives award for 20th anniversary

April 22, 2015

CenterLine Precision Tube Bending Inc. has been recognized by the city of Dublin, Calif., with the 20 Years of Successful Business Award. The company manufactures custom tubular parts that are used in a variety of industrial and technical applications. Processes include tube bending; tube...

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Unison Ltd. wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

April 21, 2015

Tube bending machine manufacturer Unison Ltd., Scarborough, Great Britain, has been named as a winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which the company says is the U.K.’s highest accolade for business success. The company received the award, presented annually, in recognition of its...

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All-electric CNC tube benders designed for 24/7 production

April 20, 2015

Horn Machine Tools Inc. has introduced a line of all-electric CNC benders in capacities from 2 to 10 in. The machines are based on the design of the HMT hybrid benders, with the clamp and pressure die now equipped with large electric servomotors. The available Quad Stack design allows the user...

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AP&T, Cell Impact ink cooperation agreement for high-velocity bending

April 14, 2015

AP&T and Cell Impact AB have signed a long-term cooperation agreement by which Cell Impact’s high-velocity impact units will be integrated with AP&T's bending and forming systems for volume production of heat exchanger and flow plates for the automotive and energy industries. The agreement...

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CNC interface designed for press brakes

April 14, 2015

Bystronic offers the ByVision Bending CNC interface for press brakes. It features a 22-in. touchscreen to help simplify setup and operation. The operator is guided through the programming and manufacturing process. Bending sequences can be modified on-the-fly by the operator, even if the...

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Schwarze-Robitec establishes U.S. subsidiary in Michigan

April 13, 2015

Schwarze-Robitec has opened a subsidiary, Schwarze-Robitec America Inc., in Big Rapids, Mich., offering sales and service for its tube cold bending machines for diameters from 0.125 to 16 in. The firm also offers bending tools and application-specific equipment. The facility provides spare...

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Die clamping system maintains absolute press brake die alignment

April 13, 2015

Wila USA has introduced the new V-Lock® die clamping system. A self-seating groove has been added to the tang of all New Standard®, American, and American Vintage® dies with V-openings of 2.362 in. and smaller. This feature is combined with a new generation of clamping pins to be provided with...

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Minimum versus recommended inside bend radius

April 1, 2015

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A material’s minimum inside bend radius shows the smallest radius that’s physically possible in an air bend, though your machines and tooling may not be able to handle the tonnage. The recommended inside bend radius, such as those found on bend allowance charts for air bends, shows you what’s optimal in typical applications

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Forming technology eliminates die marks from bending

March 27, 2015

Using rotating supports within the tooling, Mate’s new CleanBend™ press brake tooling enables sheet metal forming in such applications as bending short flanges, bending a flange to a diagonal sharp or across existing holes, and bending delicate or polished materials. The tooling is...

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How a punch press acts like a press brake

March 4, 2015

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Traditionally bending high flanges on a punch press just hasn’t been practical, but new machines and software are changing the situation. Today, flanges up to 3 inches high can be bent not by the press brake, but by special tooling on the punch press.

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4 ways to improve time per bend

March 4, 2015

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The time that a press brake operator spends walking to a control or maneuvering a part is time the customer is not paying for. Those seconds add up over the day and cut into a fab shop's profitability. New approaches to bending, however, can help to remedy that.

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