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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AddisonMckee launches e-commerce product for perishable bending, end-forming tools

August 12, 2008

AddisonMckee, Lebanon, Ohio, has added an e-commerce product called ExpressTools™ to its Web site at The e-commerce feature enables online transactions for consumable/perishable bending and end forming tooling.In addition to in-stock tools, the company manufactures a...

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Bosch Rexroth opens new facility

July 15, 2008

Bosch Rexroth Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill., recently opened a new facility, Tech Center East, in Rochester Hills, Mich.Tech Center East is involved in developing hydraulic hybrid systems that are being tested to conserve energy and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles. The facility also...

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Precision air bending

The evolution of precision bending

June 17, 2008 | By Joseph Altieri

Three decades ago bottoming with penetration, or coining, was the only way to achieve high accuracies on press brakes, and this meant fabricators endured high tooling costs. Over the years precision air bending with CNC hydraulic press brakes using precision-ground tooling evolved to become the dominant forming method in the precision market. However, it took some significant machinery advances to get there.

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Rotary draw bender bends to 195 degrees

June 17, 2008

Baileigh Industrial has introduced the model RDB-125 rotary draw bender. It bends up to 2.5-in., 0.120-in.-wall DOM tube 2-in., 0.120-in.-wall Chromoly and square; as well as 2-in. Sch. 40 pipe. Maximum centerline radius is 7 in.While the bender uses the same tooling as the company's larger rotary...

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All-electric tube bender features multistack tooling

June 17, 2008

Horn Machine Tools offers an all-electric tube bending machine from Unison that features multistack tooling and can bend tubing of up to 6 in. OD.According to the company, the Breeze 150 is optimized for high-precision applications and includes operating software that nearly eliminates the high...

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Robotic bending cell offers midlevel automation

June 17, 2008

LVD Strippit has introduced RoboCell, a bending cell capable of robotic bending and stand-alone operation.The cell offers midlevel automation, combining an LVD Strippit PPEB or Easy-Form® series CNC press brake with a multiaxis Kuka robot to handle small to medium-sized components in capacities...

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TRUMPF combines operations in China

June 17, 2008

TRUMPF, Germany, recently broke ground on a new production building in Taicang, China.The building will bring the company's three existing production operations into one facility, starting in July 2009. In addition to combining machine tool and operating table production, the facility also will...

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Salvagnini Group opens subsidiary in Brazil

June 17, 2008

Salvagnini, Italy, opened Salvagnini do Brasil Ltda., an operating company based in Jos dos Campos (SP), in March. The Brazilian subsidiary provides technical support, customer service, and spare parts.Salvagnini has installed many stand-alone machines, as well as automated sheet metal processing...

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Press brake

Setting the stage for press brake productivity

June 17, 2008 | By Pat Campbell, Shawn Shultz

Tooling manufacturers have introduced tooling designed to overcome the longstanding problems associated with staged bending.

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AddisonMckee selected as a winner of Progressive Manufacturing 50 awards

May 15, 2008

AddisonMckee, Lebanon, Ohio, was named as a winner of the fourth annual Progressive Manufacturing 50 awards, selected by Managing Automation, a monthly publication of Thomas Publishing Co. LLC. AddisonMckee designs and manufactures tube bending and end forming equipment for applications such as...

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Roll bender Powder River

New roll bender 'bales' out farm implement manufacturer

May 13, 2008 | By Dan Davis

Powder River, a Provo, Utah-based fabricator of farm implements, turned to KNUTH Machine Tools USA for a three-roll bender the company uses to make its round bale feeders for horses.

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Salvagnini to exhibit bending machine at Brazilian tradeshow

April 15, 2008

Salvagnini, Italy, plans to show its P4-1916 abt® (Advanced Bending Technology) panel bender at the 27th edition of the MECNICA tradeshow, which is scheduled for May in San Paolo, Brazil. The bender can produce panels up to 76.771 in. long with a maximum bend height of 6.496 in. The model...

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Special press brake tools

Specials simplify the complex, speed productivity

February 12, 2008 | By Tim Heston

Standardized press brake tooling, absolutely necessary for a lean organization, keeps a shop flexible, but at the same time, ignoring specials would be a big mistake. If their slightly longer setup times also lead to a drastic increase in throughput, special tools make good business sense.

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Press brake accommodates all types of punches, dies

February 12, 2008

Bystronic's midrange press brake, the EP series, comes equipped with independent Y1 and Y2 hydraulic piston control and the Cybelec DNC 880 2-D control, which is capable of selecting bend sequences automatically.The press brake is designed for simplified, intuitive programming, as well as for...

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Press brake features comprehensive bending database

January 15, 2008

The Beyeler Xpert press brake from Bystronic has the world's most comprehensive database related to material bend allowances and extensive empirical bending knowledge, according to the company. It can be operated independent of previous operator experience. The machine supports all major tooling...

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