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Multi-axis CNC (computer numerical control) back gauges are a standard feature on most press brakes used in production environments today. These computerized back gauge systems can be programmed to automatically move repeatedly between bends when making complex parts at high rates of speed to ensure high productivity. Back gauges on press braking machines can be as simple as a single X axis (which is the in and out movement of the back-gauge fingers) all the way up to a multi-axis option with the addition of R and Z axes. (R axis is the up and down movement of the fingers, and Z axis is the left to right movement of the fingers.) This can be taken a step further with independent X1/X2, R1/R2 and Z1/Z2 movements to allow for forming parts with tapered or stepped bends.
Press brakes sold in Canada today must have a minimum level of safety, and follow the CSA Z142 “Code for power press operation: Health, safety, and brake press safeguarding requirements”. Safety begins with what is referred to as safety lights or light curtains. The safety lights allow for the movement of the ram to be easily stopped at any time, and are triggered by a break in the beam which detects something foreign, i.e. an operator’s hand, in the line of the ram brakes motion. This safety automation reduces any potential danger to the operator using the machine.
Tooling is the next part of the puzzle when looking at a new or used press brake. Press brakes can be used effectively for a multitude of forming jobs, but it all depends on getting the right punch and die design for your project, and matching that to the brake press machine you need. The marriage of the right punch and die set to the right press brake will guarantee you will be creating successful forms on all of your workpieces. Whether you need European or American style tooling, Empire is the one-stop shop for all your tooling needs, no matter what branded breaks you have.
Empire currently offers new hydraulic press brakes from Durma, in addition to the used press brakes we also have in stock. Please click on the links below to get further specification details on each series we offer. Our Sales Team is ready to assist you in with any questions you may have, as we want you to get the right machine and tooling for your needs. We measure our success by helping to make your business more successful!