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 21, 2015
Trilogy Machinery offers the Inductaflex AL-1, which is the manufacturer’s first fully electric CNC bending machine. The unit can bend most materials and profiles, from complicated aluminum extrusions to polished stainless steel tubes. During development, the machine successfully curved a...
October 13, 2015
Wila USA has introduced a line of upper and lower New Standard® Premium pneumatic clamping systems with patented self-locking mechanism for press brakes. Designed for use with the company’s New Standard punches and dies, the clamping systems use shop air pressure. Tool segments are clamped...
October 13, 2015
Wilson Tool International® has introduced the LVD style line of press brake tooling. The punches and dies are laser-hardened, and dies are Nitrex®-treated. They feature LVD’s patented STONE® radius die design to help ensure accurate bend angles along the full length of the bend and reduce...
October 12, 2015 | By Gunter Glocker
Improved tool storage at the press brake, easier tool identification, fast tool loading/unloading (including heavy tools), and proper positioning of tooling in the press brake can make life easier for any press brake operator--experienced or not.
October 7, 2015
Gasparini offers the GPS4, a sensor embedded into the press brake die that measures the profile angle within the die cavity mechanically. It is designed to combat problems with springback. The sensor allows the bending of complex shapes with Z-bends or with narrow flanges. Surface finish has no...
October 7, 2015
Gasparini has introduced the X-Press press brake with ACSG active crowning. A sensor in the ram detects bowing. Cylinders in the table raise the die, while another sensor measures the height. When the two values are equal, punch and die are at the same distance, and the profile has a constant angle...
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.