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Estes expands manufacturing space, adds panel bender

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...

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Predicting the inside radius when bending with the press brake

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.

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Peace of mind with single-piece flow

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.

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8 questions for efficient bending on the press brake

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.

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CenterLine celebrates 20 years in business

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...

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How to calculate the air-formed radius of different bend angles

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.

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Horizontal bending on the press brake

July 15, 2015 | By Greg Flaherty, Michael Sosnoski

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.

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Wilson Tool announces exclusive agreement with LVD Strippit

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...

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Forming aluminum on the press brake: Bending soft, not sharp

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.

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Employees set the pace for success

June 25, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Wisconsin Metal Parts Inc., Waukesha, Wis., has grown its metal fabricating business very aggressively in recent years. The latest machine tool technology has helped, but its employees have made it stay in control and on course.

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All-electric CNC tube benders hold four sets of bend tools at once

June 25, 2015

Horn Machine Tools Inc. has introduced a line of all-electric CNC benders from 2- to 10-in. capacity. The clamp and pressure die are equipped with large electric servomotors. The Quad Stack design allows the user to mount up to four sets of full-size bend tools at once. This permits rapid...

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Electric press brake line adds 24-ton models

June 11, 2015

LVD Strippit has expanded its Dyna-Press series of compact, portable, high-speed electric press brakes with two 24-ton models that offer higher capacity and a longer working length. The series is designed for bending small parts. Rapid acceleration and deceleration of the electrical servo-driven...

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Cidan Machinery introduces updated website

June 5, 2015

Cidan Machinery, a manufacturer of folding machines, shears, cut-to-length lines, and coil handling equipment in Peachtree City, Ga., has launched a new website at www.cidanmachinery-americas.com. Additions to the site include new products, industry categories, updated specifications, new...

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Precision sheet metal bending, bump by bump

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.

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Bending and brewing

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.

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