Press Brakes, Panel Benders

Closing the Loop: Strategies for Bending Closed Forms

With a bit of creativity and thought to overcome limitations, it is often possible to form closed profiles and other difficult parts with a standard press brake. Here are some tips on how to do it.
Press Brakes, Panel Benders: Articles

A Little TLC Means a Lot to Press Brake Tooling

Flakes from the oxide layer that have come from the part and accumulated on the tooling and machine during the bending process. Fouling might occur when forming hot-rolled steel with heavy scale on the surface, or any mild steel part that has been laser-cut using oxygen assist gas or an oxy-fuel cutting process. These parts leave metal flakes on the tooling and machine during the bending process that cause excessive abrasion which can rapidly damage tooling and machine alike. Periodically wiping down the tools and machine with an oiled rag to remove metal flakes is about the most important thing to do to prevent undue wear and tear.  
Press brake tools are the only parts of the machine that ever touch the finished parts being formed. The best precision CNC press brake cannot produce good products with poor tooling, and bad tooling makes all the good hardware in the process – including the machine operator – useless. 

The Next Push in High Speed Bending

The innovative high speed Xcite 80 E electric press brake from Bystronic completes comparable bends 2.5 times faster than a hydraulic press brake to meet the most demanding of part volumes generated by high speed fiber laser cutting machines. Its 88 tons of bending force is powerful enough to meet the full range of sheet metal applications across the entire table length.
Take a look at how press brake automation continues to optimize the bending process and integrate with other downstream operations from a high speed laser cutting system to transform the “push” demands of the fabricating process into a competitive advantage for your shop.

Panel Benders vs. Press Brakes

A panel bender traditionally features a pair of blades which form flanges in the horizontal direction while a set of blank holders holds the material steady. This design enables panel benders to produce some parts much more efficiently, and even create bends that would require special tooling on a press brake.
Bending vs. Folding: Does your shop have the right machine for the job?

Four Things You Must Know About Forming Sheet Metal

Frame deformation is compensated with crowning that pushes the table of the press brake upwards to keep the die at a constant distance from the ram. One type of crowning uses a series of wedges to raise the die mechanically. The other uses short-stroke hydraulic cylinders embedded into the bench (as shown here). (first view) 
Are you still trying to manage frame deformation on a press brake that doesn’t use real-time monitoring and adjustment capabilities? If so, here are four characteristics of sheet metal that you and your press brake must know.

Tooling Up for Large Radii: Four Methods for Forming Radius Parts

Bump forming large radius parts can be the most cost-effective way for a shop to fabricate parts with large radii because no tooling investment is necessary and it is easier to form nearly any radius with a six-axis backgauge. Bump forming can also be used when square-to-round transitions in conical shaped parts are needed, such as the part shown here. (First view)
Is your shop having problems forming parts that require a large radius with a press brake? These four proven techniques can increase your part quality and eliminate scrap with minimal investment.


Press Brakes, Panel Benders: Industry News

LVD Strippit Opens Midwest Support Center

The new Midwest Support Center in the Twin Cities metro area offers comprehensive service support, spare parts, upgrades and retrofits. It houses a range of sheet metal fabrication equipment for training and demonstration. This facility is also the site of design and engineering functions for the company’s tube laser cutting business.
The Minnesota facility is the first of three U.S. regional support centers that will open in 2016.

Pacific Press Celebrates 70 Years in Business

The company began during World War II by building the United States’ first hydraulic press brake.
The company began during World War II in the U.S. by building the first hydraulic press brake.

Ursviken Appoints National Sales Manager

Michael Rose will help grow sales of their sheet metal and plate forming solutions.


Press Brakes, Panel Benders: Products

Heavy Duty Moveable Frame Press for Straightening Applications

ThePMM 200MD Movable Frame Press with optional pendent control operates at 5.5 hp and has rapid advance ram speed of 47 ipm. The press has 31 daylight inches, is 80 in wide between the uprights, has a 3 in thick table with at length of 98 in, and a left-to-right work-head travel length of 57 in.
The PMM 200MD Movable Frame Press from Dake is ideal for assembly work and straightening applications.

Electric Press Brake Efficiently Forms Parts at High Bending Speeds

The 40 ton Dyna-Press 40/15 Plus electric press brake has a Touch-B 15 in touch screen CNC control that makes setup fast and efficient, minimizing operator input and making part programming easy and intuitive. With minimal input, the operator can create 2D and simulate in 3D on the touch screen. The control also offers network connection with CADMAN-B programming software for added flexibility. The ergonomically designed front support table gives the operator the option to work in a seated or standing position.
Using a precision 4-axis back gauge with a fast acting ram and higher bending force, the Dyna-Press 40/15 Plus from LVD Strippit produces extremely consistent, repeatable and accurate parts at a lower cost.

Panel Bending Redefined

TruBend Center
The TruBend Center 5030 panel bending machine from TRUMPF handles 10 ft long aluminum and mild steel sheets up to 0.120 in thick and stainless steel sheets up to 0.090 in thick.