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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 3, 2013 | By Steve Benson
In air forming, the bend angle does not depend exclusively on the angle of the die. So why does the die angle change? There are two separate but overlapping answers; one relates to narrow die openings, and the other pertains to larger dies.
February 15, 2013 | By Steve Benson
By choosing a die opening as close to perfect as possible, your consistency will improve, your setup and run times will get shorter, and the risks of running into problems will be greatly reduced.