ASMA LLC

Steve Benson

President
ASMA LLC
2952 Doaks Ferry Road N.W.
Salem, OR 97301-4468


Phone: 503-399-7514
Fax: 503-399-7514
www.theartofpressbrake.com
Contact via email
Steve Benson is a member and former chair of the Precision Sheet Metal Technology Council of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International®. He is the president of ASMA LLC, 2952 Doaks Ferry Road NW, Salem, OR 97301, steve@theartofpressbrake.com. Benson also conducts FMA’s Precision Press Brake Certificate Program, which is held at locations across the country. For more information, visit www.fmanet.org/training, or call 888-394-4362. For more information on bending, check out Benson’s new book, The Art of Press Brake: the Digital Handbook for Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication, © 2014, available at www.theartofpressbrake.com.

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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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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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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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The 4 pillars of press brake tonnage limits

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.

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How an air bend turns sharp

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.

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Minimum versus recommended inside bend radius

April 1, 2015 | By Steve Benson

A material’s minimum inside bend radius shows the smallest radius that’s physically possible in an air bend, though your machines and tooling may not be able to handle the tonnage. The recommended inside bend radius, such as those found on bend allowance charts for air bends, shows you what’s optimal in typical applications

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Why buy new tooling for a sheet metal hand brake?

February 17, 2015 | By Steve Benson

When bending with a hand brake, you can use the tooling that came with the machine, but investing in a tool with a radius on the punch nose has its benefits.

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Bending Basics: 6 steps to successful die selection for press brakes

February 16, 2015 | By Steve Benson

Choosing the right die for an application hinges on the tooling and press brakes you have, and the tonnage limitations of both.

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Bending Basics: The hows and whys of springback and springforward

July 9, 2014 | By Steve Benson

Why exactly does springback occur, and how can a technician predict it? Press brake guru Steve Benson covers the basic factors.

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Bending Basics: Strategies for forming offsets

May 12, 2014 | By Steve Benson

If you pick the right offset tool for the job, you'll find you will be able to produce many different offset geometries quickly and safely.

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Bending basics: Streamlining press brake setup

March 24, 2014 | By Steve Benson

Press brake setup is a critical part of doing any bending job correctly. By focusing on a few key areas—selection of tools and forming processes, easy-to-understand setup sheets, and ISO documentation—the press brake operator is in a much better position to succeed.

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Bending basics: Why profound-radius bending is a different animal

January 27, 2014 | By Steve Benson

Large or profound-radius bends are those in which the inside bend radius exceeds eight times the material thickness, but is still too small to move to the plate roll. At this point, a press brake operator has to change his mindset before proceeding. This is not a typical bending job.

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Bending Basics: The fundamentals of heavy bending

January 2, 2014 | By Steve Benson

When bending on a press brake, thicker and harder plates require larger minimum bend radii. Finding the true minimum bend radius for steel or aluminum plate requires a little research. Nonetheless, the answers are there, waiting for you to find them.

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The future of the bending craft

October 9, 2013 | By Steve Benson

Shop floors are filled with advanced technology, and this includes the press brake department. As bending guru Steve Benson explains, you still need skilled technicians to make the best use of that technology.

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Bending Basics: Why tonnage matters

August 1, 2013 | By Steve Benson

Selecting the press brake and tooling for a job involves much more than just making sure there’s enough brute force. You need to calculate how much tonnage the job requires, then determine the best machine and tooling to handle the tonnage.

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