Bob Butchart

Contributing Writer
Press Brake & Shear Clinic
254 Somers Loop
Reidsville, NC 27320


Phone: 336-342-4393
fax: 336-342-4129
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How to prevent press brake ram upset

January 10, 2006

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Every press brake is subject to normal deflection under load. This deflection is corrected by shimming. If you deflect behond design limits, you will put a permanent bend in the ram and this is known as ram upset. You cannot adjust to compensate for ram upset. Remachining of the ram is the only solution. To avoid causing ram upset be careful about bending loads above your tons per inch limit and only air bend if possible.

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Using proper press brake setup procedures

August 29, 2002

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Think about it: If your setup is off, the rest of your press brake operation will soon follow. Take the time to do your setup right, and you won't be doing it a second time.

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Things every press brake operator should know

August 8, 2002

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Giving operators the know-how they need to produce parts efficiently and cost-effectively can be as easy as 1-2-3-4.

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Learning lessons from the past

February 14, 2002

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For several years my work as a press brake consultant has taken me into many different fabricating shops. My job is to seek out problems and try to find solutions that make press brakes more productive. I have encountered many different situations, and I thought perhaps sharing some of the problems...

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The Brakes: Press Brakes and You -- Whose business is safety? Everybody's

October 11, 2001

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What sort of safety measures needed in your shop depends somewhat on your equipment, but making your press brake a safe piece of equipment is largely a matter of old-fashioned common sense.

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The Brakes: Press Brakes and You -- Preventing common mistakes on press brakes

August 16, 2001

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Most common mistakes made while operating press brakes can be avoided with a little diligence and awareness of where others have gone astray.

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The Brakes- Press Brakes and You -- How to get the most out of your press brake

June 18, 2001

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Problems with your press brake imperil what could be the most valuable machine you have. Take pains to ensure the health of this valuable piece of equipment.

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Selecting a new press brake

March 23, 2001

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Prospective buyers of press brakes are advised to consider their purchase in terms of its end use, the amount of deflection likely to occur in a give machine, the inside radius of their parts, and several other factors before speding their money.

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