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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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Press brake maintenance

The fundamentals of press brake maintenance

February 25, 2011

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By regularly checking the four key areas of a press brake—hydraulic circuits, mechanical systems, electrical systems, and tooling—the operator can help to ensure that the brake is always ready to tackle the next bending job.

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Press brake operators: The next generation - TheFabricator.com

Press brake operators: The next generation

January 27, 2011

It's a given that a skilled press brake operator is tough to find. But for entry level workers, what should shop managers be looking for?

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Maximize bending throughput on a budget - TheFabricator.com

Maximize bending throughput on a budget

January 10, 2011

Increasing press brake productivity isn’t as costly as you might think, as new and old press brake equipment can both be utilized to their maximum potential.

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Tube bender

All-electric, multisense tube benders enhance design freedom for OEMs, add flexibility for job shops

October 21, 2010

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Challenged with shorter product life cycles and increased global competition, OEMs and job shops are looking for more flexible design and production equipment. All-electric, multisense tube benders are designed to meet their needs.

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A rundown on rolling machines - TheFabricator.com

A rundown on rolling machines

October 4, 2010

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A metal fabricator needs to know what it will be bending before truly being able to specify what type of plate or sheet roll bending machine it needs.

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Streamlining press brake setups help transform a business - TheFabricator

Streamlining press brake setups help transform a business

July 30, 2010

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Streamlining bending operations at a Chicago area fabricator was instrumental in the company's lean manufacturing efforts. Batch sizes and lead-times both have plummeted in recent years.

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New press brake, new production philosophy - TheFabricator

New press brake, new production philosophy

June 4, 2010

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A new press brake and tooling purchase leads to a new way of thinking about manufacturing, including the reduction of batch sizes and work-in-process.

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A safer way to bend bar stock in a press brake

April 1, 2010

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The lack of communication about metal fabricating practices and formal documentation of those processes is a real shame. Metal fabricators may be engaging in shop floor practices that just don't make sense from an efficiency and safety standpoint, and they may not be willing to change if allowed to use these processes over an extended period of time. Metal fabricating he was left alone on the shop floor and how that led him to develop a better way to bend bar stock in a press brake

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Cretors & Co Stamp of Americana

Older than Oscar® — Part II

March 9, 2010

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While it may seem as though movies and popcorn have always co-existed, the automatic popcorn machine actually was invented by Charles Cretor in 1893—before the first motion picture premiered. A century and a quarter-century later, manufacturer C. Cretors & Company, Chicago, celebrates its anniversary, success, and outright survival—bending and adapting through two world wars, the Great Depression, the advent of automobiles, television, the electronic age, dot.comera, globalization—and motion pictures.

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precision rolling systems

Rolling for wind

March 1, 2010

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Wind tower production requires intensive use of the rolling machine. Because of this, selecting the right rolling machine is paramount.

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sure iron work corrugated pieces

Bending perforated weathering steel: Not a pedestrian challenge

February 8, 2010

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Sure Iron works takes on a fabricating challenge: bump-bending perforated weathering steel plate sections with edges that aren't designed to be perfectly square.

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Reclaiming the disappearing press brake knowledge in your shop

January 14, 2010

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Expensive options on a press brake won't guarantee knowledge transfer from a veteran press brake operator to a shop floor rookie. For knowledge transfer to occur, a shop needs experienced workers that can communicate and a younger work force eager to learn because they see a future in metal fabricating.

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press brake safety evaluation

One safeguard (not) for all

November 3, 2009

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No one press brake safeguard works fore all applications.

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bending pressbrake greiner

A giant among machines

October 8, 2009

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Greiner specializes in structural steel and heavy plate fabrication. It does work for power plants and the mining industry. In the 33 years the company has been in business, it has done structural steel jobs in an industry where the work always seems to be getting larger and heavier. It recently installed a 40-ft.-long press brake that weighs more than 800,000 lbs.

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automated panel bender

Thinking outside the press brake

October 5, 2009

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Automating bending with a press brake tied to a robot isn't the only option. Panel benders and folding technologies have evolved to handle more parts and various lot sizes.

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