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 Brakes: Press Brakes and You -- Whose business is safety? Everybody's

October 11, 2001

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What sort of safety measures needed in your shop depends somewhat on your equipment, but making your press brake a safe piece of equipment is largely a matter of old-fashioned common sense.

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Fighting springback in profound radius bends

September 17, 2001

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When bending sheet metal, three terms apply to the radius of the bend: sharp, radius, and profound. A sharp bend has a radius less than 63 percent of the material thickness. A radius bend has a radius between 63 percent and 10 times the material thickness. A profound radius exceeds 10 times the material thickness and an entirely new set of rules apply. This article presents those rules.

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In search of the perfect bend

August 16, 2001

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Press brake manufacturers have made tremendous advances in the art of machine design and manufacturing.

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The Brakes: Press Brakes and You -- Preventing common mistakes on press brakes

August 16, 2001

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Most common mistakes made while operating press brakes can be avoided with a little diligence and awareness of where others have gone astray.

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Bend deduction charts

July 26, 2001

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Quite often I am asked, "Where can I get a bend deduction chart that works, one with valid numbers?" That's a good question.

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The Brakes- Press Brakes and You -- How to get the most out of your press brake

June 18, 2001

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Problems with your press brake imperil what could be the most valuable machine you have. Take pains to ensure the health of this valuable piece of equipment.

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Leaping the hurdles to press brake automation

June 12, 2001

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Understanding the obstacles to automating press brakes requires an analysis of the bending process.

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Discovering the limits of press brake tooling

May 30, 2001

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One of the most important aspects of press brake forming is tooling selection. What are the tools capable of? What kinds of loads can they withstand?

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Urethane tooling for radius bending on press brakes

May 15, 2001

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What are urethanes? How do they work for radius bending? What is the proper pad type for my application? These are important questions to answer before using urethane tooling for your next job.

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Selecting a new press brake

March 23, 2001

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Prospective buyers of press brakes are advised to consider their purchase in terms of its end use, the amount of deflection likely to occur in a give machine, the inside radius of their parts, and several other factors before speding their money.

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Brake Line: Press Brakes and More: Planning to cut corners on safety?

February 19, 2001

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Plainly put, press brake safety is a common sense issue. Most accidents are caused by operator inattentiveness or lack of training. Two major categories of press brake safety are machine setup and operational safety. Along with proper tooling selection, applied tonnages, and installation, you...

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Automating press brakes: Simulation software can boost productivity

February 15, 2001

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When the right technology is available, manufacturing small lot sizes can be a shrewd business strategy. Three developments are bringing automation to press brakes and, as a result, are helping fabricators meet customers' demands for smaller lot sizes.

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Turning the corner on making doors: North Carolina company streamlines the process

January 10, 2001

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A small fabricator North Carolina, family-owned company manufactures standard and custom electrical enclosures for the commercial construction industry and a growing number of OEMs.

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