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Press brake proxies

Press brake proxies
Two similar yet different bending technologies give press brakes a run for their money by Kip Hanson, senior editor       Panel benders and folding systems are great machines for processing large parts that would be awkward to handle on a press brake. There’s no need for multiple workers to wrangle heavy sheets into position; no need for sheet lifters or expensive automation. On a panel Read full article >>

High-tech Folding

High-tech Folding
Folding machines are evolving by adding degrees of automation, one feature at a time. But there is a lot more to it than just replacing manual handling. From CAD drawing to finished parts, the most advanced folders can run lights-out, producing top-level accuracy on some very difficult jobs. by Ed Hutress, Editor   Tooling with programmable, adjustable height provides access to internal Read full article >>

Tools for Heavy Duty Bending

Tools for Heavy Duty Bending
Applying technology to safely bend thick and high-strength materials. By Larry Adams, Senior Editor Bearings facilitate easy loading and unloadingby a single operator with maximum speed andsafety. The ‘E2M’ feature is available for Wila ‘HD’Heavy Duty Punches and Punch Holders. Bending thick materials or high strength alloys are manufacturing operations that fabricators are undertaking in Read full article >>

Press Brakes vs. Panel Benders, Head-to-Head

Press Brakes vs. Panel Benders, Head-to-Head
By Donald Hoffman FaST Machine Tools Head-to-head, point-by-point, here are the relative capabilities and advantages of press brakes versus panel benders – from a company that builds both   In 2014, two primary sheet metal and plate bending machines are the press brake and the panel bender. There are other metal bending machines, including folding machines, wing benders, and others, but these Read full article >>

On-Board Press Intelligence for Preventive Maintenance

On-Board Press Intelligence for Preventive Maintenance
‘Pre-preventative’ maintenance tells you what is required before trouble happens, through sensors, computer analysis, and networking.By Ryan PendletonSales and Marketing ManagerBeckwood Press CompanyIt can ruin your day: Unplanned downtime of critical-path press equipment negatively impacts entire organizations – from the shop floor to the executive suite. Sadly, studies show most instances of Read full article >>

Up and Down Folding

Up and Down Folding
Continuing a discussion of CNC folding machines from our April issue, details of the machine operation and dynamics illuminate their distinction from press brakes. By Rick Wester, VPRAS Systems LLC The press brake has been a valuable and useful machine for the North American manufacturer. It has been the one machine that is absolutely needed to form a punched or laser cut blank into its final Read full article >>

Bending the Strong Stuff

Bending the Strong Stuff
If you’re facing a press-brake job with one of the new high-strength steels, one you haven’t worked before, brace yourself. It may look simple, but it can be full of surprises.By Ed HuntressEditorSometimes when we think we have a simple, straightforward story to tell, we lift up the lid and find that it is complex, subtle, and multi-faceted. We know that working with advanced high-strength steels Read full article >>

Should You Press Brake or Fold? Maybe Both.

Should You Press Brake or Fold? Maybe Both.
Press brakes and folding machines can and should coexist on the fabrication floor. Each machine type is application-driven.By Rick Wester, VPRAS Systems LLCThe CNC controlled metal folding machine is becoming more popular with the North American metal component manufacturer. Admittedly the folding machine lags behind the press brake in numbers of machines, but that number has certainly increased Read full article >>

Looking To The Future Of Folding

May, 2013Special Folding Q&A Colin Carlu, Associate Editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.At FAB Shop Magazine Direct, we know that no one can predict the future. But with that in my mind, we’ll give you the next best thing: predictions from OEM executives who are paid to stay on top of industry trends. We interviewed Rick Wester, vice president of RAS Systems, to get his thoughts on where folding is Read full article >>

Low Cost, High Value

May, 2013High-Technology in Modern CNC Press BrakesBy Tom BaileyProduct Manager - TruBend Product GroupTRUMPFFor a fabricator looking to add bending capacity, there are a number of choices for low-cost or entry-level CNC-press brakes, especially considering major manufacturers of CNC-press brakes tend to market machines on a global scale. Decades of development in press-brake design have Read full article >>

Folding, a better way to bend?

October, 2012 By Russ OlexaV. P., Associate PublisherThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Although both folding and bending have their niches, folding can increase productivity along with part quality while offering other advantages. Fab Shop Magazine Direct has interviewed Rick Wester, V.P. of RAS, a supplier of both automated and manual folding machines to offer some guidelines for folding versus bending. Read full article >>

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