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.
October 7, 2015 | By Scott Ottens
Automated bending technology has changed significantly in recent years. Knowing which works best for your operation starts with a simple question: Why do you want to automate?
September 24, 2015
Albina Co. Inc., a bender of pipe, tube, structural steel, and plate located in Tualatin, Ore., now offers induction heating capabilities. The company has used heat to bend materials for decades, using alternatives to the actual process of induction heating. Now it is applying an induction heat...
September 14, 2015 | By Tim Heston
When order quantities shrink, things can get really complicated on the job shop floor--unless the order-to-ship cycle shrinks as well.
September 8, 2015 | By Steve Benson
Press brake guru Steve Benson proposes a new theory of bending, altering some long-held labels and definitions and introducing new formulas. Those long-held definitions worked well, but these new definitions and formulas may help a press brake technician become even more accurate in predicting how a part will form.
September 1, 2015
The new Laserdyne SmartShield™ welding nozzle protects against excessive oxidation in the weld area on such materials as aluminum alloys, copper alloys, titanium alloys, nickel-based superalloys, and stainless steels. The nozzle is suitable for use on the 3- to 7-axis 795, 430BD, and 430 Vera...
August 27, 2015
Lang Tube Tec offers a new, fully electric, CNC tube bending machine with automatic change of bending direction. The 25CNC-EMR R/L features a swiveling bending head and shifting of the clamping unit and pressure die support to achieve short cycle times. According to the company, this provides a...
August 21, 2015
Estes Design & Mfg., Indianapolis, is adding 35,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space to accommodate demand for sterilization cases and trays. The expansion, scheduled for completion by the end of August 2015, also will provide room for more medical production equipment to accommodate the continued...
August 12, 2015 | By Steve Benson
You can use some common rules of thumb to predict the inside bend radius when air forming, and the results you get are usually close enough, but with the help of a few online calculators, you can get even closer.
August 4, 2015 | By Dan Davis
The Minneapolis manufacturing facility for Unison Comfort Technologies was being stretched to the limits trying to keep up with orders for its HVAC products. New fabricating technology was seen as the only way to meet current production needs and add capacity, but the company needed a new approach to its part flow as well if it were to make the most of any reshuffling of the shop floor.
July 27, 2015 | By Tim Heston
At S&B Machine in Mobile, Ala., Head Programmer Danny Brown streamlines bending by making sure the right operators have the right information at the right time.
July 22, 2015
CenterLine Precision Tube Bending, Dublin, Calif., marks its 20th anniversary in 2015. The company provides mandrel tube bending, roll bending, coiling, wire-rod forming, swaging, expanding, flaring, beading, grinding, machining, annealing, furnace/induction brazing, and...
July 21, 2015 | By Steve Benson
Using the 20 percent rule works well when calculating the floated radius in an air form, but what about the radius at different bend angles? To calculate this, we start with geometry to find the arc length and radius at different bend angles. We then manipulate these results by factoring in real-world bending conditions.
With the right tooling, you can accomplish horizontal bending—that is, where the sheet remains horizontal during the bend cycle—on the press brake. In general, horizontal bending on the press brake is accomplished with either wiping tools or rotary-style tools.
July 7, 2015
Wilson Tool International®, White Bear Lake, Minn., a manufacturer of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes, and punch and die components, has announced that the company has entered into an exclusive agreement with metal fabricating equipment manufacturer LVD Strippit, Akron, N.Y. As...
June 29, 2015 | By Steve Benson
Air bending soft aluminum has such a low tensile strength that it doesn't take much for a narrow punch tip to penetrate the surface and turn the bend sharp.