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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HMT Inc. appointed as exclusive U.S. distributor for CSM

October 9, 2007

Horn Machine Tools Inc. (HMT), Madera, Calif., has been appointed as the exclusive U.S. distributor for Chiao Sheng Machinery Co. Ltd. (CSM), Taiwan. HMT provides service and technical support for all...

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FABTECH Intl. & AWS Welding Show returns to Chicago

October 9, 2007

The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, the largest North American showcase of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology, will return to...

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LAI named on Inc.list of fastest-growing companies

October 9, 2007

Inc. Magazinenamed LAI Intl. Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., a provider of contract manufacturing services, to its inaugural list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The magazine...

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CNC Tube Bender

Automatic or manual?

October 9, 2007

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While automation can increase throughput and reduce labor, it doesn't solve manufacturing problems. A manual process that produces poor-quality or inconsistent parts will simply do so at a faster rate if automated. Understanding the process and process variables is the key to troubleshooting problems and resolving them to get the maximum gain from automation.

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San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

Dealing with Mother Nature's wrath

October 9, 2007

Protecting a two-mile-long, 10-lane bridge from earthquake damage is not an easy task. Replacing the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge requires the talent and time of numerous design firms and fabricators and tens of thousands of workers. One of the more interesting fabrication...

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TRUMPF acquires 100 percent of AFM, Canada

October 3, 2007

Sept. 6, 2007, TRUMPF Inc. acquired 100 percent of Advanced Fabricating Machinery (AFM), Canada. AFM was formed July 1, 1997 by TRUMPF Inc. and Robert Watson as an equal joint venture.AFM, under the...

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W.A. Whitney names distributors

September 11, 2007

W.A. Whitney, a division of MegaFab, Rockford, Ill., has appointed Weller Machinery Co. as exclusive distributor for its fabricating machines in Wisconsin and named Capital Machine Technologies as its...

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Toro turf maintenance equipment

Toro trims waste with press brake tooling upgrade

September 11, 2007

Outdoor equipment manufacturer Toro Co. regularly sends out bids for parts, forcing its own manufacturing plants to compete with outside vendors. Toro's manufacturing plants face the same competitive pressures as any other manufacturer, so its plant in Shakopee, Minn., analyzed its forming operations and decided to replace its press brakes and upgrade its tooling.

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Digital readout kit upgrades bending rolls

August 7, 2007

COMEQ Inc. has assembled a kit to upgrade the readouts of early-model Roundo angle and plate bending rolls with dial indicators (clock scales) or tape scales from mechanical to digital.The digital...

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Unison completes environmental and quality accreditation

August 7, 2007

Unison, Scarborough, U.K., has achieved ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system and ISO 9001 accreditation for its quality-management systems.The company designs and...

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Noncontact tube measuring, inspection system developed

July 10, 2007

AddisonMckee has developed AddiCheck, a noncontact tube measuring and inspection system. The software is suitable for midmarket tube-manipulation companies.The system includes a portable workbench,...

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Polyurethane spring designed for I/O jaw tooling

June 12, 2007

Eagle Precision Technologies Ltd. has introduced a polyurethane spring—called a peanut—for its range of I/O jaw tooling.The patent-pending spring is designed for placement between each...

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Adjustable attachment bends to 2 in. dia. bars

June 12, 2007

Piranha offers an adjustable bar-bending attachment to its ironworkers to allow bending of round bars from to 2 in. dia.The fixture, which includes all required tooling, bends up to 90 degrees on...

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TRUMPF names new distributors

June 12, 2007

TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has named its machine tool distributors for Louisiana and Michigan.The Hampton Co., Plano, Texas, represents the company's line of fabricating machines in Louisiana,...

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Part forming machine

The tao of forming order

June 12, 2007

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Is the starting position of the flat part facing the wrong way or upside down to your natural flow? Are you working from left to right when your natural motion is right to left? If you are, you're fighting the current rather than letting the current do the work. Set up the press brake in such a manner that you work with your natural flow; by not interrupting your "chi."

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