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The design of the die determines the form that the sheet metal will take after being pressed. Each die forms a specialised shape and is interchangeable within the machine. Here are the types of dies that are available:
The type of press brake is determined by the method that force is applied by the machine. It is usually indicated in the name of the press brake and can be hydraulic, pneumatic, electric, or mechanical.
Operating a press brake requires a Fitter and Turner trade certificate and work experience before operation. The following VET qualifications are the recommended courses to obtain the required skills necessary before completing an apprenticeship.
A press brake is a powerful industrial machine with many moving parts and should undergo regular maintenance to increase its life cycle and to keep it in good working order.
Daily inspections prior to use are recommended to ensure the machine is safe and ready to use. Dirt, grease and residue should be cleaned off the dies and base after every use.
Major servicing and maintenance prescribed by the owner's manual should be followed to prevent small issues from becoming more severe.
A press brake is a large industrial machine used for bending and shaping metal sheets. The price range varies from $50,000 - $450,000 and is impacted by the work speed, size of the machine, type of force application and amount of automatisation. Generally, manual hydraulic press brake machines are the cheapest and CNC electric press brakes are the most expensive.
Press brake machines can be controlled manually or automated through the use of a computer.
Manual presses require the operator to manipulate the position of the sheet metal and die then lower the punch to achieve the desired bend by pressing a button.
Alternatively, the parameters of the bend can be numerical controlled (NC) and set through the use of a display screen.
Further automation is offered by computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines. This type of machine follows pre-programmed movements dictated by computer software. CNC press brakes are the most precise machines and are ideal for manufacturers that produce items in large batches.
The most important consideration to make when buying a press brake is the maximum output force. Force is described in tonnage and will be the limiting factor for most machines.
The thickness and material of metal being pressed will dictate the required tonnage. Pneumatic presses produce the least amount of force and should only be considered for thin metal bending. Electric, hydraulic and mechanical presses produce similar amounts of force and will vary from model to model.
Most popular Press Brake suppliers and brands on IndustrySearch are Applied Machinery, HACO Australia, AccurPress, Delahenty Machinery, Ron Mack Machinery Australia Pty Ltd, Punchtech Australia.