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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Sensor measures profile angle within die cavity

October 7, 2015

Gasparini offers the GPS4, a sensor embedded into the press brake die that measures the profile angle within the die cavity mechanically. It is designed to combat problems with springback. The sensor allows the bending of complex shapes with Z-bends or with narrow flanges. Surface finish has no...

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Automatic crowning system added to press brake

October 7, 2015

Gasparini has introduced the X-Press press brake with ACSG active crowning. A sensor in the ram detects bowing. Cylinders in the table raise the die, while another sensor measures the height. When the two values are equal, punch and die are at the same distance, and the profile has a constant angle...

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Why automate your press brakes?

October 7, 2015

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Automated bending technology has changed significantly in recent years. Knowing which works best for your operation starts with a simple question: Why do you want to automate?

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TRUMPF at FABTECH 2015 – Boost your Business

Presented by TRUMPF Inc.

Length: 2:11

Every manufacturer can use a boost to give them the edge they need. At FABTECH, TRUMPF will display products to propel your business further into the lead including: the new TruBend Center which enables bend geometries not possible with a traditional panel bender, flexible automation concepts for laser cutting, punching and bending machines, and our new TruTops Boost software featuring all-in-one design and programming. Get the “Boost” that only TRUMPF can provide. Stop by and see us in booth S1701

Albina Co. adds induction heating capabilities

September 24, 2015

Albina Co. Inc., a bender of pipe, tube, structural steel, and plate located in Tualatin, Ore., now offers induction heating capabilities. The company has used heat to bend materials for decades, using alternatives to the actual process of induction heating. Now it is applying an induction heat...

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How small batches simplify metal fabrication

September 14, 2015

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When order quantities shrink, things can get really complicated on the job shop floor--unless the order-to-ship cycle shrinks as well.

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Bystronic Super-Fast, Ergonomic Press Brake Delivers Highest Process Efficiency

Presented by Bystronic Inc.

Length: 1:26

Fastest press brake of its size on the market! The Xpert 40 keeps pace with today’s high-speed Fiber lasers. Ultra high-performance ram, back gauge and safety system ensures highly efficient production of complex shapes. First to combine entire setup and production in one station, greatly reducing non-productive bending time.

A grand unifying theory of bending on the press brake: Part I

September 8, 2015

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Press brake guru Steve Benson proposes a new theory of bending, altering some long-held labels and definitions and introducing new formulas. Those long-held definitions worked well, but these new definitions and formulas may help a press brake technician become even more accurate in predicting how a part will form.

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Welding nozzle protects weld zone and laser beam delivery optics

September 1, 2015

The new Laserdyne SmartShield™ welding nozzle protects against excessive oxidation in the weld area on such materials as aluminum alloys, copper alloys, titanium alloys, nickel-based superalloys, and stainless steels. The nozzle is suitable for use on the 3- to 7-axis 795, 430BD, and 430 Vera...

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Tube bending machine features swiveling bending head

August 27, 2015

Lang Tube Tec offers a new, fully electric, CNC tube bending machine with automatic change of bending direction. The 25CNC-EMR R/L features a swiveling bending head and shifting of the clamping unit and pressure die support to achieve short cycle times. According to the company, this provides a...

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Estes expands manufacturing space, adds panel bender

August 21, 2015

Estes Design & Mfg., Indianapolis, is adding 35,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space to accommodate demand for sterilization cases and trays. The expansion, scheduled for completion by the end of August 2015, also will provide room for more medical production equipment to accommodate the continued...

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Predicting the inside radius when bending with the press brake

August 12, 2015

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You can use some common rules of thumb to predict the inside bend radius when air forming, and the results you get are usually close enough, but with the help of a few online calculators, you can get even closer.

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RAS Systems MiniBend Center

Presented by RAS Systems LLC

Length: 2:40

The RAS MiniBendCenter is the world’s first automatic folding center for small parts. Blanks will be automatically fed, squared and measured. Tool setup is all automatic. A manipulator moves and rotates the blank automatically to the exact position. The folding cell folds the part up and down.

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RAS Systems UpDownCenter

Presented by RAS Systems LLC

Length: 6:52

RAS Reinhardt Maschinenbau GmbH presents a semi-automated bending center for panels and boxes up to 3200 mm in length, 3 mm thickness and 250 mm box height. Besides the up and down folding capability and the automatic tool change, the true highlight of the machine is the automatic programming feature.

Peace of mind with single-piece flow

August 4, 2015

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The Minneapolis manufacturing facility for Unison Comfort Technologies was being stretched to the limits trying to keep up with orders for its HVAC products. New fabricating technology was seen as the only way to meet current production needs and add capacity, but the company needed a new approach to its part flow as well if it were to make the most of any reshuffling of the shop floor.

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