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.
June 1, 2015 | By Tim Heston
Bump bending remains more art than science, especially for large and thick workpieces, but using the right tools and setup procedures help make this challenging brake operation much more efficient.
May 11, 2015 | By Eric Lundin
Sheet metal worker Paul Ziegman puts in long days building stainless steel kitchen equipment for restaurants and other food-service businesses in and around Spokane, Wash. He recently opened his own such business using the same equipment and skill set.
May 6, 2015
The t bend machine from transfluid® Maschinenbau GmbH offers right/left bending technology for challenging tube geometries. The machine comes with two individually adjustable heads for use on tubes with a diameter of less than 1.25 in. The adjustable heads allow right- and left-hand bending;...
May 3, 2015 | By Steve Benson
To ensure you always work within the tonnage limits of your press brake and tooling, first calculate how much tonnage you need. Second, identify your tooling’s load limits. Third, calculate the sinking tonnage limit, which, if exceeded, can embed tooling into the ram or bed. Fourth, determine your press brakes’ centerline load limit.
April 30, 2015 | By Steve Benson
Why do air bends in cold-rolled steel turn sharp at an inside radius that’s about 63 percent the material thickness? It has to do with the relationship between forming forces and a material’s tensile and yield strength.
April 30, 2015 | By Kevin Bartels
Is producing a hem on a part more suitable for a panel bender or press brake? Does a part less than a foot long make sense for a panel bender? Can a box design with a 13-in. wall be done on a panel bender? Part designs help to reveal the answers to these questions.
April 30, 2015
BLM Group USA has introduced the E-Flex CNC bending machine for wire fabrication. It is equipped with two clockwise and counterclockwise bending turrets for 3-D bending during one-part operation within the same machining cycle. Coil-fed wire is straightened in both a vertical and horizontal...
Setting the grip die securely in rotary draw bending requires close attention to three factors: the pressure exerted by the machine, the contact area, and the material’s coefficient of friction.
April 23, 2015
Belcamp, Md.-based Trilogy Machinery Inc. has been named as the exclusive North American distributor for press brakes and shears manufactured by Warcom, Brescia, Italy. The firm produces a variety of press brakes, including high-speed, precision hydraulic, and all-electric models, as well as...
April 22, 2015
CenterLine Precision Tube Bending Inc. has been recognized by the city of Dublin, Calif., with the 20 Years of Successful Business Award. The company manufactures custom tubular parts that are used in a variety of industrial and technical applications. Processes include tube bending; tube...
April 21, 2015
Tube bending machine manufacturer Unison Ltd., Scarborough, Great Britain, has been named as a winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which the company says is the U.K.’s highest accolade for business success. The company received the award, presented annually, in recognition of its...
April 20, 2015
Horn Machine Tools Inc. has introduced a line of all-electric CNC benders in capacities from 2 to 10 in. The machines are based on the design of the HMT hybrid benders, with the clamp and pressure die now equipped with large electric servomotors. The available Quad Stack design allows the user...
April 14, 2015
AP&T and Cell Impact AB have signed a long-term cooperation agreement by which Cell Impact’s high-velocity impact units will be integrated with AP&T's bending and forming systems for volume production of heat exchanger and flow plates for the automotive and energy industries. The agreement...
April 14, 2015
Bystronic offers the ByVision Bending CNC interface for press brakes. It features a 22-in. touchscreen to help simplify setup and operation. The operator is guided through the programming and manufacturing process. Bending sequences can be modified on-the-fly by the operator, even if the...
April 13, 2015
Schwarze-Robitec has opened a subsidiary, Schwarze-Robitec America Inc., in Big Rapids, Mich., offering sales and service for its tube cold bending machines for diameters from 0.125 to 16 in. The firm also offers bending tools and application-specific equipment. The facility provides spare...