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HMT adds applications engineer

October 5, 2016

Horn Machine Tools Inc., Madera, Calif., has hired Kent Mettelmann as a tube bending and laser cutting applications specialist. Located in Dallas, he supports customers in the southwestern and central U.S. Mettelmann has more than 30 years of tube bending, process improvements, and manufacturing...

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Panel bender available with automatic blank holder adjustment

September 26, 2016

The all-electric Salvagnini P1 panel bender for 2016 is a smart, adaptive machine newly redesigned for flexible kit and single-piece part production.According to the company, the panel bender delivers up to three times the throughput of a press brake and zero setup time, making it a suitable...

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SafanDarley names Fox Machinery Associates as distributor

September 19, 2016

Netherlands-based electrical and hydraulic press brake manufacturer SafanDarley BV has expanded its network of distributors in the U.S. with the addition of Fox Machinery Associates. The distributor serves the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and West...

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Troubleshooting sheet metal forming: Determining the root causes of bending failure

September 15, 2016 | By Steve Benson

When determining the root causes of part failure, look to not just the forming method and tooling, but also the quality of material. Cheap material can be extremely costly over the long run.

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Bending software updated for better interconnection of workstations

September 12, 2016

Aicon 3D Systems has introduced version 3.1 of the software platform BendingStudio. The new version has made interconnected work at different workstations more efficient. The Data Service module is more transparent; connections to other workstations are visibly displayed. The user sees network...

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Bystronic Mexico to host grand opening for new facility

August 30, 2016

Bystronic Mexico will celebrate the grand opening of its new Monterrey headquarters on Sept. 29-30, 2016. The two-story facility comprises a main office, training area, machine demonstration showroom, and spare parts and machine logistics warehouse. In addition to being the company’s customer...

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Press brake bending: Forming long and skinny

August 29, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Phoenix Products has more than doubled its size during the past year, and much of that growth has to do with tackling an unusual niche: the bending of long, skinny parts.

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Bending Basics: How to locate the press brake’s backgauge position

August 17, 2016 | By Steve Benson

When determining the backgauge position, you need to know the outside flange dimension and bend deduction, based on the actual radius you achieve.

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Wila names VP of sales and marketing

August 8, 2016

Wila® USA, Hanover, Md., has announced the addition of Brian Sarno as senior vice president of sales and marketing. He has more than 23 years of experience within the industrial/manufacturing markets. Sarno previously served as an executive at World and Main, Interline, and Grainger. He has a...

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Panel bender offers single-sequence loading/unloading

July 12, 2016

Prima Power has introduced the BCe Smart 2220 panel bending machine. Its large working table allows loading and unloading in a single sequence, and the machine does not require skilled operators. With the machine’s barcode reader and ATC system, setup is automatic, takes place in masked time, and...

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Applying sheet metal forming principles to plastic

July 12, 2016 | By Steve Benson

Anytime the inside radius or material thickness varies, there will be a change in the bend deduction. This is just as true when bending plastic as it is when bending sheet metal.

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The human side of the skilled-labor crisis

July 8, 2016 | By Tim Heston

In metal fabrication, companies need technical skill, but there’s a humanity to the skill that’s often overlooked. It’s about the relationship between the technician, his machine, and the workpiece.

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Rotary bender cams material without distortion

July 6, 2016

Dayton Lamina™ offers the new Posi-Bend™ rotary bender as an alternative to wiping dies. The self-contained rotary bender cams the material without distortion, sliding, or marring, says the company. Custom orders are also available with short lead...

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Tooling: The heart of choosing a press brake

July 5, 2016 | By Steve Benson

When considering a new press brake purchase, focus on the tooling and forming method first. How will your staff react to changes? How steep will the learning curve be? Also, think about where your company is headed and the markets it serves.

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Managing part flow in custom metal fabrication

July 1, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Think of how fast modern laser cutting is; now think of a typical press brake. There’s no contest. With this in mind, how can a fab shop best manage part flow? Elements of quick-response manufacturing (QRM) can help.

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