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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press brake work procedure

A safer way to bend bar stock in a press brake

April 1, 2010 | By Daniel Vogt

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 | By Kate Bachman

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 | By Steve Bonnay

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 simplify operations. The press brake features standard active hydraulic crowning, which can deliver...

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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 bodies in the protected field between the transmitter and receiver. It also records control data...

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sure iron work corrugated pieces

Bending perforated weathering steel: Not a pedestrian challenge

February 8, 2010 | By Tim Heston

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 | By Steve Benson

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 double-sleeved bore insert that can be replaced without removing the system from the machine, and an...

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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 machine helps reduce or eliminate non-value-added costs associated with the traditional press brake...

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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 Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.Capable of handling tube and pipe diameters up to 6.89 in., the...

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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 tubes with diameters of up to 3/4 in. It was shipped in mid-July and installed at Boeing's...

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press brake safety evaluation

One safeguard (not) for all

November 3, 2009 | By Christopher King

No one press brake safeguard works fore all applications.

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bending pressbrake greiner

A giant among machines

October 8, 2009 | By Michael Bishop

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 | By Tim Heston

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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Mid-range press brakes introduced

September 9, 2009

LVD Strippit has introduced its PPEC press brakes designed as a mid-range bending system less challenging forming applications.The press brakes, which include the PPEC-6 and PPEC-7 models, provide capacities from 80 tons, 2 meters up to 220 tons, 4.2 meters with four to seven CNC controlled axes,...

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