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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Pipe bending machine control helps reduce auxiliary process time

February 26, 2014

Schwarze-Robitec offers a new machine control for CNC pipe bending machines, designed to help reduce auxiliary process time. The company has broken down the bending process and arranged each step synchronously. According to the manufacturer, the control prepares the respectively next working...

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LED lights in hydraulic clamping system show press brake operator where to position tooling

February 11, 2014

Wila® USA has introduced the Smart Tool Locator, offered as an option on the company’s New Standard Premium Clamping System for press brakes. The locator uses LED lights integrated in the clamping system to show the operator where to position the tooling. The lights are controlled by the...

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Manufacturing lab presents new learning opportunity for Wisconsin students

February 7, 2014

The Green Bay Area Public School District, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance have announced the development of Bay Link Manufacturing, a high-precision manufacturing learning lab in Green Bay West High School, Green Bay, Wis. The lab provides high school...

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Numalliance announces acquisition of Silfax

January 30, 2014

Numalliance, a manufacturer of CNC bending equipment for tube, wire, and flat stock in Les Vosges, France, has acquired Silfax, Vourles, France. With the acquisition, Numalliance intends to enhance its product offering and increase its visibility in the aerospace industry. Silfax, a...

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Bending basics

Bending basics: Why profound-radius bending is a different animal

January 27, 2014

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Large or profound-radius bends are those in which the inside bend radius exceeds eight times the material thickness, but is still too small to move to the plate roll. At this point, a press brake operator has to change his mindset before proceeding. This is not a typical bending job.

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System speeds tube bending tooling changeover

January 14, 2014

AddisonMckee has designed a new quick-change tool system to help reduce the labor power and time required for tooling changeover on tube bending machines. With the quick-change system, one person can perform part-to-part tool changes with single- or multistack tooling in less than 10 min., the...

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Bending Basics: The fundamentals of heavy bending - TheFabricator.com

Bending Basics: The fundamentals of heavy bending

January 2, 2014

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When bending on a press brake, thicker and harder plates require larger minimum bend radii. Finding the true minimum bend radius for steel or aluminum plate requires a little research. Nonetheless, the answers are there, waiting for you to find them.

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Press brake training helps build a foundation for success - TheFabricator.com

Press brake training helps build a foundation for success

January 2, 2014

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Robbins Manufacturing of Fall River, Wis., has invested in an extensive training program, including machine-specific training, especially on the press brake. The company also has invested heavily in new technology, including a brake with automatic tool change. Both investments are paying off.

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Tube bending machines available for rent from transfluid Maschinenbau

December 16, 2013

Tube bending and processing machines producer transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH in Schmallenberg, Germany, has established the new "tu go" concept for quick tube processing. The machines in stock for rent vary from compact, portable bending machines such as the t bend MB 642 with bending radii between...

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System is fastest for automated bending of small parts - TheFabricator.com

System is fastest for automated bending of small parts

December 6, 2013

TRUMPF Inc. has released the TruBend Cell 7000, which the company says is the fastest system available for the automated bending of small parts. With an average cycle time of 4 sec./bend, it delivers parts twice as fast as conventional bending cells, the manufacturer reports. The machine...

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Ford grants automotive approval to IRMCO

December 5, 2013

IRMCO® Advanced Lubricant Technologies, Evanston, Ill., a manufacturer of oil-free metal forming and tube bending lubricants, has received worldwide automotive approval from Ford Motor Co.® Ford has approved the 323 series, a medium-viscosity, highly dilutable lubricant that can be removed with...

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Olicana Products announces expansion

December 2, 2013

Olicana Products Ltd., a tube bending company in Ilkley, U.K., has acquired buildings adjacent to its existing premises. The expansion will increase manufacturing space by 30 percent and allow the current workforce to grow and provide higher production efficiency, the company states....

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Olicana names paint shop manager

November 19, 2013

Olicana Products, a tube bending company in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, U.K., has named David Sutcliffe as paint shop manager. He worked previously at Powells. In this position, Sutcliffe is implementing a leaner working system for the five-person team and is putting standard operation procedures into...

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Software features added to laser, bending, and waterjet machines - TheFabricator.com

Software features added to laser, bending, and waterjet machines

November 18, 2013

Bystronic Inc., Elgin, Ill., has introduced new software features to its laser, bending, and waterjet product lines. PartID is a new feature of the Bystronic BySoft 7 CAD/CAM software. The identification code is generated with BySoft 7and then laser-engraved onto the part utilizing a Bystronic...

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How the automatic backgauge changed everything - TheFabricator.com

How automated backgauging on a press brake changed everything

November 5, 2013

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The automatic backgauge, which began to permeate shop floors in the 1970s, really was a revolutionary step forward. In fact, without this step forward, sheet metal fabrication wouldn’t be the business it is today.

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