Theyâ€™re the monsters of the press brake world. But they operate like their smaller cousins, with a little help to handle the big work.
Press brakes and folding machines can and should coexist on the fabrication floor. Each machine type is application-driven.
Continuing a discussion of CNC folding machines from our April issue, details of the machine operation and dynamics illuminate their distinction from press brakes.
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.
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.
Midland Metals has expanded its capabilities to control the chaos.
‘Pre-preventative’ maintenance tells you what is required before trouble happens, through sensors, computer analysis, and networking.
New solutions help solve the age-old challenge of eliminating die marks on metal materials when using a press brake