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Justifying a robotic press brake - TheFabricator.com

Justifying a robotic press brake

April 3, 2012

Robotic press brakes may offer higher productivity and better profitability--much of which is achieved by running the press brake lights-out at top speed. In some cases, robotic press brakes can reduce per-piece costs by almost half. Still, robotic press brakes aren’t for every application.

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Material selection for rotary draw bend tooling - TheFabricator.com

Material selection for rotary draw bend tooling

March 12, 2012 | By Bob Want

Understanding substrates and coatings, and how the coated surface interacts with tube or pipe during the bending process, is necessary to finding a cost-effective, capable combination.

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Virtual bending, real improvement - TheFabricator.com

Bending software streamlines press brake department

February 28, 2012 | By Scott Ottens

Ben endured the same frustrations many press brake department supervisors face. Operators get a print that doesn’t take the proper bend deductions into account. They fudge it, performing test bend after test bend. Productivity suffers, and the bottleneck ensues. At Ben’s shop, this all was about to change.

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Press brake tooling strategies: Go with the flow - TheFabricator.com

Press brake tooling strategies: Go with the flow

January 6, 2012 | By Shawn Schultz , Doug Wood

CAM software have made it easier and more affordable for job shops to increase efficiency and productivity without sacrificing quality. Staged bending combined with offline programming offers strategies for reducing downtime, improving part flow, and controlling costs.

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Retrofit and ready for better bending - TheFabricator.com

Retrofit and ready for better bending

December 12, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Kysor/Warren, Columbus, Ga., cutomizes the refrigerated display cases and refrigeration systems for its customers. Unfortunately, it didn't have a very efficient bending operation to keep up with the production demands related to its diverse product line. To remedy the situation, the company purchased Wila precision ground tooling and installed hydraulic clamping systems on its press brakes.

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Electric press brakes bend fast--and safely - TheFabricator.com

Electric press brakes bend fast--and safely

November 8, 2011 | By John Dittus

Within electric brakes, bending force is distributed differently. Also optoelectronic safeguards integrate closely with the control, so much so that a light curtain or similar device has no effect on the bending cycle time. In fact, in the electric press brake arena, safety does not necessarily require a sacrifice in cycle time.

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Concentrating on little things leads to big success - TheFabricator.com

Concentrating on little things leads to big success

November 7, 2011 | By Dan Davis

An electric press brake is not typically found in a metal fabricating operation, but that is changing as more companies realize the accuracy, speed, and energy savings that this type of device offers.

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Divine Rolling - TheFabricator.com

Induction key to complex beam rolling job

July 8, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Shop rolls beams for a unique place of worship--using an unusual process Abstract: Hardwick Co., a rolling shop in Birmingham, Ala., used its unusual induction beam rolling process to form beams into complex shapes involving multiple radii. Without such capability, the impressive design of the Ave Maria Oratory would not have been possible.

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Plate Rolling

Plate rolls keep rolling heavier plate

June 2, 2011 | By Tim Heston

These days, plate rolls are forming plate 6 and 7 inches thick--and even thicker. Vessel designs that would have been forged just a decade ago are now being sent to fabrication houses. The variable-geometry plate roll system, which really operates more like a press brake than a traditional plate roll, is making such extreme rolling possible.

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Greiner Industries' giant press brake

The big job of high-tonnage bending

May 6, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Bending heavy plate and high-strength steel used to require multiple workers, a large amount of bending experience, and lots of time. That's not the case anymore.

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bending tread plate

The science of bending perforated sheet and tread plate

April 1, 2011 | By Tim Heston

Tread plate and perforated sheet present significant bending challenges. To help matters, fabricators may need to look beyond typical air bending with a punch and V die. Though bending alternatives vary, they have one commonality: They clamp down to ensure the workpiece stays where it should.

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Rotary bending device

Processing AHSS with rotary bending technology

March 10, 2011 | By L. Ray Osborne

The increased use of advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) have caused many fabricators to rethink the way they bend metal. AHSS have a relatively high springback associated with it, so much larger overbend angles are generally required. Rotary bending technology is a suitable way to product that overbend angle.

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EBe servo-electirc panel bender

Automated bending keeps the pieces flowing

March 10, 2011 | By Dan Davis

Emerson Network Power's Liebert Precision Cooling facility wanted to implement the idea of one-piece flow on its shop floor in Columbus, Ohio, but the only way that was going to happen effectively was with the introduction of an automated bending cell. The company found its answer with an electric panel bender from Prima Finn-Power.

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Press brake maintenance

The fundamentals of press brake maintenance

February 25, 2011 | By Bernard Accou

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 | By John Kemp

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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