Press Brakes, Panel Benders

A Little TLC Means a Lot to Press Brake Tooling

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. 
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Press Brakes, Panel Benders: Articles

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.

How Your Selection of Press Brake Tooling Affects Manufacturing

The upper tool (punch) is selected based on its height, tool rating and shape. It is easiest to use the machine’s software to select a tool based on the part’s geometry, although it is also possible to make the selection with a side profile template or the tool itself, especially if a cardboard mock up exists. In some cases, it might be best to work with the tooling manufacture to create a custom tool.
Have you ever considered how standard tooling impacts the design of a part?

 

Press Brakes, Panel Benders: Industry News

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 Brake Safety Launches Service Division

The new division will provide maintenance, service and training for AKAS safety systems users.

 

Press Brakes, Panel Benders: Products

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.

Active Crowning Improves Part Accuracy

The X-Press from Gasparini uses patented ACSG active crowning to resolve material deformation during bending by raising the table to keep the die at a constant distance. A sensor in the ram detects any bowing and triggers cylinders in the table to raise the die while another sensor measures the height. When the two values are equal, punch and die are positioned at the same distance and create a profile with a constant angle across its length. (first view)
This patented ACSG active crowning technology can solve unpredictable press brake forming issues with sheet metal during fabrication.

CAD/CAM Integrated Press Brake Software

Integrated with the CAD/CAM function inside the Radan 2016 suite of sheet metal software, Radbend 2016 press brake software from Radan can unfold a model to show how the bend process will be affected further down the production line. Collision checking is more accurate because it simulates using a more accurate modified part to flag issues much earlier in the process, rather than using the original part design. Radbend automatically calculates and identifies the tool set for accurately bending the part. 
Radbend 2016 press brake software closely links CAD/CAM, Radbend, Radm-ax and Radtube functions with a new style of program and file-type icons for a more unified feel.