Bending Articles

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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Bending for the internal customer - TheFabricator.com

Bending for the internal customer

October 12, 2012

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Freeing a bending bottleneck can backfire if it simply creates a severe bottleneck downstream. Bending throughput may increase, but overall throughput--the metric that really matters--may not. That’s why the best bending automation considers not only the bending department but also the throughput of the entire plant.

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Bending basics: Dissecting bend deductions and die openings - TheFabricator.com

Bending basics: Dissecting bend deductions and die openings

September 3, 2012

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Changing the die opening can dramatically change results during air forming. In precision sheet metal fabrication, choosing the correct die opening should not be a guessing game.

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Remote fabricating - TheFabricator.com

Remote fabricating

July 16, 2012

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Iowa-based Co-Line Welding hasn't let its remote location harm its chances of success. In fact, it has embraced the challenge and has emerged as a growing business, even as it faces challenges such as rural power distribution.

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Automated plate rolling

Plate rolling rolls on

June 29, 2012

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Advanced controls make a highly variable process more predictable Abstract: Experience still is important when it comes to plate rolling. But the more knowledge industry has gained about the materials being rolled, the more “intelligent” plate roll systems have become.

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Big bending jobs lead to high-tonnage press brake - TheFabricator.com

Big bending jobs lead to high-tonnage press brake

May 1, 2012

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When a fabricating operation serves customers in the defense, heavy equipment, mining, and power generation industries, you know they are working with really thick and high- strength material. It's a big job and requires big equipment. It's also the main reason that Merrill Fabricators purchased a 2,000-ton, 38-foot press brake.

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Justifying a robotic press brake - TheFabricator.com

Justifying a robotic press brake

April 3, 2012

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Robotic press brakes may offer higher productivity and better profitability--much of which is achieved by running the press brake lights-out at top speed. In some cases, robotic press brakes can reduce per-piece costs by almost half. Still, robotic press brakes aren’t for every application.

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Material selection for rotary draw bend tooling - TheFabricator.com

Material selection for rotary draw bend tooling

March 12, 2012

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Understanding substrates and coatings, and how the coated surface interacts with tube or pipe during the bending process, is necessary to finding a cost-effective, capable combination.

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Virtual bending, real improvement - TheFabricator.com

Bending software streamlines press brake department

February 28, 2012

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Ben endured the same frustrations many press brake department supervisors face. Operators get a print that doesn’t take the proper bend deductions into account. They fudge it, performing test bend after test bend. Productivity suffers, and the bottleneck ensues. At Ben’s shop, this all was about to change.

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Press brake tooling strategies: Go with the flow - TheFabricator.com

Press brake tooling strategies: Go with the flow

January 6, 2012

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CAM software have made it easier and more affordable for job shops to increase efficiency and productivity without sacrificing quality. Staged bending combined with offline programming offers strategies for reducing downtime, improving part flow, and controlling costs.

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Retrofit and ready for better bending - TheFabricator.com

Retrofit and ready for better bending

December 12, 2011

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Kysor/Warren, Columbus, Ga., cutomizes the refrigerated display cases and refrigeration systems for its customers. Unfortunately, it didn't have a very efficient bending operation to keep up with the production demands related to its diverse product line. To remedy the situation, the company purchased Wila precision ground tooling and installed hydraulic clamping systems on its press brakes.

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Electric press brakes bend fast--and safely - TheFabricator.com

Electric press brakes bend fast--and safely

November 8, 2011

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Within electric brakes, bending force is distributed differently. Also optoelectronic safeguards integrate closely with the control, so much so that a light curtain or similar device has no effect on the bending cycle time. In fact, in the electric press brake arena, safety does not necessarily require a sacrifice in cycle time.

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Concentrating on little things leads to big success - TheFabricator.com

Concentrating on little things leads to big success

November 7, 2011

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An electric press brake is not typically found in a metal fabricating operation, but that is changing as more companies realize the accuracy, speed, and energy savings that this type of device offers.

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Induction key to complex beam rolling job

July 8, 2011

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Shop rolls beams for a unique place of worship--using an unusual process Abstract: Hardwick Co., a rolling shop in Birmingham, Ala., used its unusual induction beam rolling process to form beams into complex shapes involving multiple radii. Without such capability, the impressive design of the Ave Maria Oratory would not have been possible.

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Plate Rolling

Plate rolls keep rolling heavier plate

June 2, 2011

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These days, plate rolls are forming plate 6 and 7 inches thick--and even thicker. Vessel designs that would have been forged just a decade ago are now being sent to fabrication houses. The variable-geometry plate roll system, which really operates more like a press brake than a traditional plate roll, is making such extreme rolling possible.

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Greiner Industries' giant press brake

The big job of high-tonnage bending

May 6, 2011

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Bending heavy plate and high-strength steel used to require multiple workers, a large amount of bending experience, and lots of time. That's not the case anymore.

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