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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Burr Oak Tool breaks ground for Michigan assembly facility - TheFabricator.com

Burr Oak Tool breaks ground for Michigan assembly facility

October 16, 2013

Burr Oak Tool Inc., a producer of machines for the heat transfer and tube processing industries, has broken ground for its new assembly facility in Sturgis, Mich. The multimillion-dollar investment is expected to create about 50 new jobs immediately and many additional employment opportunities...

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3-D simulator speeds development of tube bending programs - TheFabricator.com

3-D simulator speeds development of tube bending programs

October 14, 2013

Unison has launched a 3-D simulator, available from Horn Machine Tools, to help metal fabricators accelerate the development of control programs for all-electric tube bending machines. Using artificial intelligence techniques, the simulator provides program analysis and optimization facilities,...

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The RDI Group names new CEO

October 10, 2013

The RDI Group, Itasca, Ill., which provides engineered capital equipment, enclosures, and related products to customers worldwide in various industries including metal coil processing, has named Fred Kestler as CEO. Curtis Maas, chairman and CEO since 1984, remains as chairman of the board....

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The future of the bending craft - TheFabricator.com

The future of the bending craft

October 9, 2013

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Shop floors are filled with advanced technology, and this includes the press brake department. As bending guru Steve Benson explains, you still need skilled technicians to make the best use of that technology.

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Vertical rolling, welding equipment aids tank manufacturing - TheFabricator.com

Vertical rolling, welding equipment aids tank manufacturing

October 8, 2013

Carell Corp. offers Imcar vertical bending and welding equipment for tank manufacturing. The semiautomatic vertical systems combine economy of motion, reduced material handling, optimization of space, and multitasking capabilities, the company reports. Coil stock is fed vertically into the...

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Don’t get flattened by the wrong plate roll - TheFabricator.com

Don’t get flattened by the wrong plate roll

October 7, 2013

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Plate rolling is not as simple as using a press brake to make a 90-degree bend on a small piece of metal. With the right equipment, however, a fabricator can learn to become a very good plate roller in a short amount of time.

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AddisonMckee, Eaton Leonard announce merger

September 30, 2013

Tube bending and end forming technology companies AddisonMckee, Lebanon, Ohio, and Eaton Leonard, Vista, Calif., have announced that they have merged under the common ownership of AddisonMckee Holding LLC (ADMC). Both companies provide equipment and systems to the automotive, aerospace, furniture,...

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Rosenberger launches new website

September 11, 2013

Rosenberger AG, Simonswald, Germany, has announced the relaunch of its website at www.rosenbergerag.com. Besides a refreshed design, the site includes new content such as applications, projects, current issues, dates, and a media library. Highlighted are the company's tube bending machines, robot...

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6 ways to make large-sheet-bending easier - TheFabricator.com

6 ways to make large-sheet-bending easier

September 5, 2013

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Bending large sheet metal parts does not represent the majority of work for most metal fabricators, but it can be a significant portion for those shops that have the capability to do it. These equipment considerations and processing tips can help make a big bending job easier to accomplish.

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Bystronic participates in Minnesota Fab and Steel Processing Expo - TheFabricator.com

Bystronic participates in Minnesota Fab and Steel Processing Expo

August 28, 2013

Bystronic Inc., an Elgin, Ill.-based supplier of laser cutting, waterjet cutting, and bending equipment participated in the Fab and Steel Processing Expo hosted by its dealer, Sominn Machinery Sales, in Dodge Center, Minn., in July. More than 230 people attended the multiday event at Sominn's...

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Fabricator finds versatility in panel bender - TheFabricator.com

Fabricator finds versatility in panel bender

August 9, 2013

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In the early 2000s, Innovated Machine & Tool Co., Newport News, Va., tried a robotic press brake for a bending job and found that it worked out well--for that job. Unfortunately, when the contract ended, so did the useful life of that robotic press brake. Since then, the shop hasn't had to worry about machine obsolescence because its panel bending technology is helping it stay on top of all sorts of bending work.

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Bending Basics: Why tonnage matters - TheFabricator.com

Bending Basics: Why tonnage matters

August 1, 2013

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Selecting the press brake and tooling for a job involves much more than just making sure there’s enough brute force. You need to calculate how much tonnage the job requires, then determine the best machine and tooling to handle the tonnage.

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Tube bending machines optimized for speed

July 29, 2013

Horn Machine Tools has introduced a new generation of Unison all-electric bending machines featuring mechanical architecture and control software improvements that help reduce tubular part fabrication times. The redesign reduces the time required for intermediate handling and tooling configuration...

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Tooling performs 90-degree bends on a punch press - TheFabricator.com

Tooling performs 90-degree bends on a punch press

July 15, 2013

Mate Precision Tooling’s new VariBend™ is a flexible, multipurpose tool that bends sheet metal tabs at any angle up to 90 degrees in 1-degree increments. It eliminates secondary operations usually performed on a press brake. The tool produces form heights of about 0.300 to 0.700 in....

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Special tooling makes short work of large-part production - TheFabricator.com

Special tooling makes short work of large-part production

July 12, 2013

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Any fabricator that has had to wrestle with large panels or thick plate in a press brake has to wonder if something can be done to make the job easier. In many instances, specialized tooling can help.

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