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.asmachronicle.com
Contact via email
Steve Benson, a member and former chair of FMA's Precision Sheet Metal Technology Council, is the president of Asma LLC.
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What the? This can't be done!

October 24, 2002

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Carefully planning the forming order can make even the most daunting project less complicated and problematic.

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Un-balanced tooling diagram figure 1

Can I form a box that deep?

July 11, 2002

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There's no reason you can't form sharp, deep boxes with a press brake consistently. You just have to be familiar with what your tooling can and can't do under certain circumstances.

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Using benchmarking for bend deductions

May 30, 2002

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Benchmarking is a very good idea for your operation ... just make sure your benchmarks are your own.

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Bumping up large-radius bends

May 30, 2002

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The step-bending method can be a good way to achieve large radii without having to spend huge sums of money on special tooling.

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Sheet metal bending diagram

Reviewing bottom bending and nested parts

April 15, 2002

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Looking to nest parts tightly, but can't win the battle against the material's natural grain? Take heart—bottom bending could be your key to success.

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Press Brakes and (much) More

January 31, 2002

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The flow of product through you shop is a key issue in determining your prosperity as a business. Drawing a little insight from the Chinese concept of feng shui might help you achieve the kind of flow you're looking for.

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Mobilizing equipment-saving time and talent

November 29, 2001

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It's hard to believe that machines such as press brakes and hardware-setting equipment can move around on wheels or be moved by forklift and still function correctly. But I can tell you from experience that it is true and can be done.

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Fighting springback in profound radius bends

September 17, 2001

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When bending sheet metal, three terms apply to the radius of the bend: sharp, radius, and profound. A sharp bend has a radius less than 63 percent of the material thickness. A radius bend has a radius between 63 percent and 10 times the material thickness. A profound radius exceeds 10 times the material thickness and an entirely new set of rules apply. This article presents those rules.

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Bend deduction charts

July 26, 2001

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Quite often I am asked, "Where can I get a bend deduction chart that works, one with valid numbers?" That's a good question.

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Discovering the limits of press brake tooling

May 30, 2001

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One of the most important aspects of press brake forming is tooling selection. What are the tools capable of? What kinds of loads can they withstand?

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Brake Line: Press Brakes and More: Planning to cut corners on safety?

February 19, 2001

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Plainly put, press brake safety is a common sense issue. Most accidents are caused by operator inattentiveness or lack of training. Two major categories of press brake safety are machine setup and operational safety. Along with proper tooling selection, applied tonnages, and installation, you...

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