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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EHRT North America to distribute EHRT Maschinenbau products

January 5, 2016

EHRT North America, affiliate of Mid Atlantic Machinery Inc. and Southern States Machinery Inc., has assumed distribution of EHRT Maschinenbau GmbH products, including punching and bending machines for copper busbar, in North America. EHRT North America is administered from Harrisburg, Pa. Karl...

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Automated tool-changing press brake stores tooling in the machine

December 17, 2015

Featuring automated tool-changing capabilities, the ToolCell 150-ton, 10-ft. press brake from LVD Strippit offers an integrated tooling storage housed in the machine. Tools are placed automatically, eliminating manual tooling adjustments. While the operator is preparing parts for the next job, the...

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ShelterLogic acquires Arrow Sheds

December 15, 2015

Engineered shelter manufacturer ShelterLogic, based in Watertown, Conn., has acquired Arrow Sheds LLC, Breese, Ill., a manufacturer of outdoor steel storage sheds. Arrow also has production/distribution facilities in Haskell, N.J., and Fontana, Calif., as well as international sales management...

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Panel bending machine has additional vertical axis for part manipulator

December 15, 2015

TRUMPF has introduced the new TruBend Center 5030, the company’s first panel bending machine. With a bending length of 10 ft., the semiautomatic machine is suitable for bending thin sheets. The operator inserts the material against the backgauge, and the 2-axis part manipulator performs all...

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Grand unifying theory of press brake bending: Part IV

December 15, 2015 | By Steve Benson

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 | By Tim Heston

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 | By Tim Heston

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 | By Steve Benson

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 | By Tim Heston

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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