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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Grand unifying theory of press brake bending: Part IV

December 15, 2015

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This month Steve Benson summarizes his grand unifying theory of radius, bend deduction, and die selection with a review and complete rundown of the bend calculations, from estimating springback to working the bend functions.

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Pacific Press Technologies celebrates 70th anniversary

December 14, 2015

Pacific Press Technologies Inc., Mt. Carmel, Ill., celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2015. The company began during World War II by building the first hydraulic press brake in the U.S. Today the company offers presses, press brakes, and shears for hydraulic metal...

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Press brake offers simplified setup, programming

December 14, 2015

Bystronic has introduced the Xact Smart 160 press brake, featuring simplified setup and programming. Bysoft 7 software integrates the press brake into the user’s production environment. The machine incorporates the ByVision bending control system, which uses a 22-in. HD touchscreen interface...

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How a plate rolling rookie becomes a guru

December 3, 2015

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How does a plate rolling rookie become a guru? According to Ken Pecho, project engineer at Chicago Metal Rolled Products, it requires good communication. So how do you really define good communication? For plate rolling (and many other shop skills), you can break it down into three critical components: collaboration, observation, and patience.

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Unison installs electric bender for forming carbon steel pipes up to 10 in. dia.

December 2, 2015

Unison Ltd. has installed what it says is the world’s largest and most powerful all-electric pipe bending machine at Westcon Yard AS, a Norway-based offshore and maritime services company. Capable of generating 660,000 Nm of continuous, servo-controlled torque, the custom-designed machine will be...

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Press brake training: Passing the torch

December 1, 2015

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Southern Metalcraft Inc.’s press brake veteran will be retiring at the end of 2016, and he is now passing the torch to someone who never worked on a press brake until 2009. So how did the rookie learn so quickly? Technical aptitude plays a role. But more important than that, the veteran and rookie get along and just work well together.

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44-ton electric press brake introduced

November 25, 2015

SafanDarley has introduced the 44-ton E-brake Ergonomic, portable, high-speed electric press brake. It offers a working length of 5 ft., an open height of 23 in. standard, and a 12-in. stroke standard for bending small parts. Rapid acceleration and deceleration of the electrical servo-driven...

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40-ton electric press brake is portable

November 25, 2015

Cincinnati Incorporated has introduced the all-electric Goform 40-ton press brake for small parts up to 0.25 in. thick and less than 50 lbs. It offers a 10-in. stroke and 17-in. open height for jobs requiring tall tools and adapters. The 6-axis backgauge is suitable for basic and complex parts....

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A grand unifying theory of press brake bending: Part III

November 11, 2015

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In this installment of the Grand Unifying Theory of bending, press brake guru Steve Benson describes bending calculations for aircraft tooling. He also covers the basics of bottoming

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Bending machine curves aluminum window frame to very tight radii

November 4, 2015

Trilogy Machinery Inc. offers the AL-1 aluminum bending machine, developed by Inductaflex for curving aluminum window frame sections to very tight radii. The machine recently successfully curved a 1.77-in.-wide by 2.56-in.-high extruded glazing section to a 6.5-in. outside radius and 4.72-in....

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Dutch metal fabrication: About flow

November 4, 2015

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One theme carried throughout a recent LVD press tour of custom fabricators in Holland: With fast changeover and the ability to access the right information at the right time, even a custom fabricator with the highest product mix can achieve smooth part flow.

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Multistack tube cold bending machine processes diameters to 8.63 in.

October 28, 2015

Schwarze-Robitec offers the CNC 220 HD MW heavy-duty multistack tube cold bending machine. It processes tubes with a maximum diameter of 8.63 in. and up to 19.7 ft. long. Offering quick setup time, the bender processes materials such as steel, copper-nickel-iron alloys, and stainless steel. It...

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A grand unifying theory of press brake bending: Part II

October 28, 2015

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Radius bends—defined here as any bend with an inside radius greater than 125 percent of the material thickness—require careful calculation, not only because of their significant springback, but also because of the tooling these bends require. This includes the use of relieved dies.

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Rotary draw tube bender offers simplified programming

October 22, 2015

The Ercolina Top Bender 050 Plus model rotary draw tube and pipe bender simplifies programming and allows the operator to store and produce the desired bend angle in seconds. The new color-coded control displays machine position and all current functions on one screen. Bend angle can be...

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Electric CNC bender handles difficult materials, profiles

October 21, 2015

Trilogy Machinery offers the Inductaflex AL-1, which is the manufacturer’s first fully electric CNC bending machine. The unit can bend most materials and profiles, from complicated aluminum extrusions to polished stainless steel tubes. During development, the machine successfully curved a...

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