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Press brakes are metalworking machines used for bending sheet metal and other plate material to required angles or shapes. Bends are commonly achieved by capturing the workpiece between a male V punch and female V die set. The motion of the upper punch forcing the material into the lower die gives you a resulting bend in the material being formed. Angles are determined by the depth that the upper punch travels into the lower die.
The press brake has been a staple in the metal fabrication industry for years, and has evolved to become more efficient with intuitive controls, increased ram speeds, higher accuracy, and more dynamic back gauge configurations, all while being much safer for the operators running the machine. Multi-axis back gauges provide the benefit of forming more complex parts much easier, while also being more efficient. From a single CNC controlled single X axis to a full six axes back gauge with various back gauge finger options to ensure the parts are being formed accurately, the options available are almost limitless.
are available in several types including mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, hybrid, or servo-electric. The pneumatic and servo-electric machines work well in lower tonnage situations, and the hydraulic machines are currently the most popular option available due to their higher tonnage options, reliability, low energy requirements, and additional safety features.
When looking at purchasing a press brake, it is important to know what options you will need to meet your specific needs, including the bending force and length, stroke length, table height, and width, as well as the speed of the upper beam. The floor space you have available, as well as the layout of your other pieces of equipment, should also be considered to ensure a smooth workflow of material in your building.
In addition, it is imperative to know what tooling options you will need to form the metal to the required final result, as that can be a factor in finding the type of machine you need. If you are replacing an existing press brake with a newer model, taking the time to confirm that your current tooling will still work is time well spent. There are also differences between European and American style tooling that will need to be considered, as well as the possibility of needing an adapter to get you the correct result.
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