Bending & Folding (Equipment)

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.

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.

A Close Look at Wila’s Crowning System

We let Wila speak for themselves about their advanced crowning system for press brakes. Of course they’re enthusiastic about the results of their labors; they’re also thorough, so we didn’t hold them back.

Clean slate

New solutions help solve the age-old challenge of eliminating die marks on metal materials when using a press brake

Automation: Press Brakes’ Word of the Day

Automated setup capabilities are integral to making automated short-run production economical for fabricators. Of course, the goal is to eventually reach the point where short-run production is actually economical on a fully automated system.“What we really need is automatic tool changing,” he says. “The system has to not just be able to operate by itself,… Continued

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