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 Launches New Website

Redesigned using the latest technology, the new site is now compatible with today’s browsers and mobile devices. Its responsive design automatically adapts to any size screen for viewing by mobile users via smart phone or tablet. Filters are used throughout the site so that visitors can more quickly access the information they want. The site also features a more expansive service and support section.
Its contemporary new look features easy-to-use navigation, more downloadable content and better functionality.

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.


Press Brakes, Panel Benders: Products

Unparalleled Productivity in Sheet Metal Bending

Booth C-35041: Equipped with a new On-Demand Servo Drive with 4-cylinder drive technology, the new TruBend Series 5000 bending machine from TRUMPF features high access speeds and acceleration rates combined with innovative operating aids.
TRUMPF features the TruBend Series 5000 that comes equipped with a new On-Demand Servo Drive with 4-cylinder drive technology.

FABTECH 2016: Forming & Fabricating

Booth C-22092: The Fiessler AKAS 3-P from Press Brake Safety is the first co-moving press brake safety system to provide high speed operation up to the clamp point. The operator's hands or fingers are protected by the presence of the 3D safety laser beam grid located beneath the ram.
Take a closer look at some of the metal forming and fabrication technologies that will be exhibited November 16-18 on the show floor in Las Vegas.

Sophisticated, Highly Flexible Fiber Laser Cutting

Booth C-25047: Processing different materials and thicknesses in sequence without stopping production and with setups occurring in masked time, the L3-30 fiber laser cutter from Salvagnini uses an air-cooled cutting head with adjustable optics to make solid, clean and reliable cuts on both thin and thick materials, with no contaminants to obscure the lens.
The new L3-30 fiber laser from Salvagnini now comes equipped with an air-cooled cutting head with adjustable optics for cutting both thin and thick materials.