Press Brake Operation Manual (2022 Updated)


We suggest all users and operators to read this press brake operation manual carefully before using this press brake machine.

This operation manual is designed for specialized and qualified personnel.

It comes completes with diagrams and all the documentation necessary to lift, move and place the machine and instructions for the safe use and maintenance.

All information contained in here is accurate at the time of print. However, our company reserves the rights to modify and improve specifications without prior notice.

The press brake should be properly installed as instructed; regular inspection and faithful maintenance service should be carried out so that good performance can be maintained.

Any incorrect and irresponsible usages may cause irreparable damage to the machine and nullify the safety protection for the operator.

We do not assume any responsibility for improper services or modifications or connections made by unauthorized personnel.

Further Reading:

Press Brake Functions and Range of Work

1.1 This press brake is high-efficiency and high-precision in bending metal sheet.

The opening size of V-groove on lower dies is usually 8 times larger than the sheet thickness, it should be regulated for sheets in different thickness.

Using different kinds of upper and lower dies can bend many kinds of workpieces (See Fig.1).

Press Brake Operation Manual


1.2 The press brake is structured in steel plate fabrication with sufficient strength and rigidity.

The hydraulic drive prevents the machine from serious overload operation accidents caused by the change of sheet thickness or bad choice of the lower die cavity.

Additionally, this machine is also featured by the steadiness of work, convenience of operation, and reliable safety.

The connecting section to the upper die is provided with a compensation device, which compensates the deflection of worktable and slider in bending and guarantees the high work precision.

Meanwhile, the mechanic block is equipped with the oil cylinder to ensure the fixing accuracy when the slider travels to the bottom dead point and so as to assure the consistency of bending angle in bulking production.

1.3 It is equipped with hydraulic electric control, freely adjustable slider travels and inch operating criterion convenient for module trial and adjustment.

1.4 This press brake is advanced in technology and reliable in performance, and among the ideal shaping apparatuses.

It is widely used in the plane, automobile, shipbuilding, and machine with high production efficiency.

1.5 Operation condition:

  • Temperature: 5~38℃(Working temperature)
  • Environment moisture: Relative moisture 20~80%RH。
  • Keep far away from powerful vibration and electromagnetic interference.
  • No pernicious and corrosiveness gas, and no dust.

Installation of press brake


It must be ensured that when lifting the press brake for transportation and/or positioning it must be done with the crane which having sufficient lifting capacity so that there will be no risk of the press brake falling.

When lifting use two slings of steel rope and shackles, and using the appropriate holes available at the top of the machine.

The steel rope must be of adequate size to lift the weight of the press-brake.

It must also be of an adequate length, given that its weight carrying capacity diminishes when the angle between the ropes widens. (See Fig. 2)

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When transporting the press-brake, keep in mind that the weight of the machine is concentrated mainly in the front.

Ensure that the top ram of the press-brake is all the way down for maneuvers or transportation.

When the press brake is to be load onto the truck, the rear side of the machine is position as far as possible to the side of the vehicle.

The press brake is to be anchored to the truck using steel rope.


The foundation of press brake

To ensure that the press brake machine works correctly and is not disturbed by vibrations, please check and confirm the pavement is firm and steady.

Prepare a concrete foundation, which must be adapted to the conditions of the ground, if necessary.

And the detailed drawing of the foundation is as follows:

Concrete Foundation

Technical Specifications

Ensure that there must be adequate space surrounding the machine once positioning.

This is necessary to cater for maintenance work and special jobs.

Furthermore, an adequate space on either the left or right side of the press brake equals to the length of the machine to cater for tool changing operation.

All exposed surfaces of the machine are coated with rust guard, easily removable by kerosene or solvent.


For the press brake to function correctly, it is necessary to ensure that the machine is leveled correctly.

  • Check that the press brake is level horizontally by placing the spirit level on the machine table.
  • Check that the press brake is level vertically by placing the spirit level on the machine table.

Eventual adjustments are done by regulating the leveling bolts in the feet of the press brake.

The electrical diagram of the press brake

Here are the drawings:

Electrical Diagram 1

Electrical Diagram 2

Electrical Diagram 3

Electrical Diagram 4

3.1 The following steps are to be cared for by the owner and must be carried out by specialized personnel.

  • Check the machine nameplate and confirm that the wiring of the press brake is in good condition.
  • Connect to the available power in your facility.
  • If the required power does not meet the requirement of the machine please contact your electrical supplier.
  • The power incoming to the press brake machine should be fused so that the machine can be fully disconnected for repair.
  • The power incoming to the press brake machine should be connected to the RST clamps in the control cabinet.
  • The Electric drawings can be checked by the following attachments, the different controller has different drawings.

Here are the drawings:

Electric drawing

Detail description is as follows:

  • Connect the three-phase power lines to the inlet terminals in the electric box. The feet switch socket is under the box, plug the socket, then close the power switch QF and close the door of the electric box, the lamp HL1 is lighting shows the machine is powered on.
  • Start the oil pump motor button HL2 on the operation panel for a short while; observe the turning direction of the motor whether the direction it is correct or not. If it’s not correct, change the phase of the inlet lines, never change the internal lines inside the electric box, then start the oil pump motor.
  • Jog mode: after several minutes of normal operation, turn SA2 to the jog mode, step the foot switch “up”: the ram goes up, loosen foot switch the slider stops, continue to raise the ram up when touch the limit switch SQ1 will stop; step “down”, the ram quickly drops, due to the effect of the limit switch SQ2, the ram goes down slowly to add pressure, loosen the foot switch ram will stop.
  • Single travel mode: turn SA2 to “single time”, step “down” of the foot switch, the ram goes down first quickly—slowly—pressure keeping, then the ram automatically goes up to the upper limit switch SQ1. Adjust the working time of time relay KT1, make the working time meet the requirement of bending pressure on the workpiece, adjust the pressure-keeping time of time relay KT2.
  • Continuity mode: turn the SA2 to “continuity”, step the foot switches for repeating the single travel mode. The time relay KT1 may adjust the waiting time of circulation.

Note: To guarantee the safety, press brake machines with CE certificate without continuity mode.

The hydraulic system of press brake

Clean the hydraulic oil

The hydraulic system has a high requirement for the cleanliness of hydraulic oil. The clean of the oil tank is very important.

When replacing the hydraulic oil, you must discharge the cover of the oil tank.

Use the towel to clean the bottom of the tank (do not use cotton yarn), then wash with cleaning coal oil gasoline.

For the limitation of tank cover, the arm cannot reach the end of the tank; you can wrap the towel on the bamboo or stick to wipe each corner.

Loosen the leaking plug or brake valve to leak out the dirty oil.

Use the cleaning towel to dry the sides and bottom of the tank until it’s clean.

If necessary, roll the dough at the welding seam or difficult cleaning places to cling the dirt, and then put on the cover.

Choose the hydraulic oil

The mark value of hydraulic oil is equal to the average value of viscosity when the temperature is 40℃.

If the working pressure and temperature of the hydraulic system are higher, and the working speeds slower, then chose the hydraulic oil with a higher grade.

It is recommended to use antiwar hydraulic oil ISO VG46# (the average value of viscosity is 46mm2/s when the temperature is 40℃.).

If the machine operates under 5℃ for a long period, you can choose hydraulic oil ISO VG32#.

It is also recommended not to use the machine at very low temperatures (below -5°).

However, should this occur, and then let the machine run idle for a while. An oil heater can be fitted in the circuit if required.

Under the normal working conditions, the oil temperature must not exceed 70C. Under special conditions, the oil cooler can be installed if necessary.

Fill the oil

The using oil must be clean. Screw the nut of air filter, filling through the air filter.

If using the filling equipment with filter, you can open the cover of oil tank and fill directly.

Observe the oil gauge, when ram stops at Top Dead Spot, the hydraulic oil fills at about 80~90% of the inner spaces.

Make the machine work, first idling then at the maximum stroke to expel any air bubbles in the hydraulic circuit.

Hydraulic Diagram

Here are the drawings:

Hydraulic Diagram

Standard control equipment

5.1 Start button To start the main motor running and Control circuit.
5.2 Stop button To stop the main motor running and Control circuit.
5.3 Auto/Manual Mode Selector Switch Select the working mode
In the Auto mode -The ram will rise automatically when Preset pressure is reached and the dwell time is up.
In the Manual mode -Lowering and rising of the ram is by pressing the foot pedal.
5.4 Foot pedal Push and hold to command lowering the ram to reach bending point, release when the ram is moving up in AUTO mode.
Press to command lowering the ram and press to command raising the ram in Manual mode.

Starting the press brake machine

Prior to the start-up of the machine, please check the following:

  • The guideways are cleaned and greased.
  • The hydraulic system is checked for any leakage.
  • Check the oil level at the level gauge at the side of the tank with the top ram in the all up position. Top-up the oil is necessary.
  • Check the sense of rotation of the motor by checking that the cooling fan is turning in a clockwise direction or, in any case, in the direction of the arrow. If this is not the case, invert two wires in the supply line. When doing this, it is important that the motor is made to work by inching.

Turn the machine on

  • Turn on the main switch.
  • Switch the selector to auto.
  • Turn on the main motor by pressing the green button.

Turn the machine off

The press brake must always be turned off when left unused for a few hours. When turning off, do the following:

  • Select manual mode.
  • Descend the ram by pressing the down pedal to make the top tool close to the V-die as possible.
  • Press the stop button.
  • Turn off the main switch.

Upper and lower tool setting

(Check out the drawings of press brake toolings)

The upper tool and the selected V – opening must be aligned before any bending commences to ensure a good bending result.

Ensure that the V-die base and table surfaces are clean before the following steps are carrying out.

  • Lower down the system pressure by turning the pressure – regulating knob anti-clockwise.
  • Set the mechanical depth stop to low position either manually or electrically.
  • Select MANUAL MODE and step the down pedal to lower the ram until the top tool is as near to the V-die as possible.
  • Align the upper and lower tool by adjusting the V-die tightening bolt.
  • Once the setting is correct, secure all the V-die tightening bolts.
  • Raise the ram by stepping on the UP pedal.

We advise the following:

  • To check regularly the fixing bolts of the tool clamp.
  • To store the tool on a rack near the press brake. In this way, it will prevent the top tool against damage.
  • Always remember that each tool has a maximum charge force.

Tools Change Procedure


When the top tool needs to be changed, do the following:

  • Turn the mode selector to manual.
  • Lower the ram as near to the V-die as possible.
  • Turn the machine off.
  • Loosen all the fixing bolts of the tool clamp.
  • Remove the tool from the side of the machine.
  • Mount the new top tool by sliding it in from the same side.
  • Tighten all the fixing bolts of the tool clamp.
  • Turn the machine on and check that the mode selector is on manual.

Lower the ram to make the top tool sit in the V-die.

When doing this reduces the system pressure by turning the pressure regulating knob anti-clockwise so as to avoid damaging the tool.

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When need to change a different vee on your multi-vee die, do the following:

  • Free the V-die by unscrewing all the tightening bolts.
  • Turn the mode selector to manual.
  • Turn the machine on.
  • Lower the ram as near to the V-die as possible.
  • Hook on the V-die to the ram at both end with the appropriate chain.
  • Raise the ram by stepping the UP pedal to a height where the V-die can turn.
  • Turn the desired Vee facing up.
  • Lower the ram by stepping the DOWN pedal so that the die is resting on the machine table and to the point that the chains can be unhooked.
  • Center the Vee with respect to the top tool.
  • Lock the V-die in place by tightening the bolts


The press brake is supplied with two front support arms as standard equipment. These are used for placing the plate on during the various bending phases.

They can be adjusted vertically and along the length of the press brake.

The support arms generally need to be adjusted when a different size bottom tool is used or a larger or smaller size plate is being bent.

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Mechanical depths stop setting


  • The depth setting determines the bending angle.
  • The mechanical depth stop could be set either manually or electrically.

Pressure Setting

Normally the bending chart is fixed on the side of the machine, a copy is enclosed. The bending force is the function of :

  • The plate thickness
  • The width of the die opening. ( 8 x plate thickness )

The required bending force can be calculated from Table 1 formulate.

press brake bending chart

Note: This formula and the values in the table are all based on carbon-steel plates with tensile strength Qb=450KN.

Stainless steel plate: the P value from table multiply by 2

Aluminum plate: the P value from table multiply by 0.7

You can also calculate press brake bending force by our tonnage calculate specially designed for press brake.

> Click to use Press Brake Tonnage Calculator

Parallelism control and setting

The parallelism of the ram is controlled by a solid anti-torsion bar, which is linked to both side oil cylinders.

The top ram is calibrated parallel to the V-die at the factory. However, if re-calibration is needed please note the following steps:

  • Find the torsion bar linkage connected to the top ram on the rear (left side) of the machine
  • Loosen the screw (M8/M10) on the torsion bar
  • Now, turn the outer flat piece about 15° to 30° (Clockwise or anti-clockwise) using the appropriate spanners, which in turn will rotate the eccentric pin inside
  • Tighten back the screw (M8/M10) and check the parallelism of the top ram by test bend
  • Repeat the above procedure until the required accuracy is reached.

Press Brake Troubleshooting

Press Brake Machine cannot start

  • Check incoming power supply.
  • Check that Emergency Stop is release.
  • Check for broken fuses.
  • Check transformer output.

Ram could not be lower

  • Check foot pedal cable for the possible broken wire.
  • Check that limit switch.
  • Check that motor rotation incorrect.
  • Check that micro-switch inside foot pedal is working.

Bending angle not even on entire bend length

  • Worn off upper tool or lower tool.
  • Machine table surface and the underside of the V-die is dirty.

Top and bottom tools not properly aligned.

Failure Reasons Trouble removal
The system doesn’t work without pressure 1. Negative rotation of the motor Change the rotation direction of the motor
2. Main overflow valve blocked Clean main overflow valve
3. Electromagnetic valve does not work Check electric and electromagnetic coils
Ram Slider cannot rise Valves jammed Clean electromagnetic valves
Slider declines automatically Valves jammed Clean electromagnetic valves
Normal rising and dropping but there’s no force in bending Valves jammed Clean electromagnetic valve
Leaking in components, pipe fittings and oil cylinder Sealing pieces are aging. Change sealing rings

Maintenance of press brake

Any persons who operate and maintain this press brake must carefully read and comprehend this manual.

Only the instructions are strictly followed can the satisfying effect be achieved.

  • Special persons must be assigned to this machine, and the operators must be familiar with the use of the machine and the knowledge of safety in production.
  • The bending force of workpiece must not be more than nominal force.
  • To make molds wear well, do not damage the molds due to inappropriate bending width, especially when bending narrow sheets, the working pressure should be reduced properly. As for each length 630mm, the bending load should not be over 400KN.
  • The bending sheets should be in the middle of the machine and should not be partially loaded. Meanwhile, the machine must not be unilaterally loaded so as to avoid the precision of work pieces and the machine. If a workpiece should be worked out on the single side, the load should not be more than a quarter of the nominal force. The bending should be on both sides.
  • The hydraulic oil in oil tank must be changed after using for the first month, and afterward, it must be changed in less than a year. The normal working oil tank should be at 15-60℃ (if the temperature is too high, the cooler must be equipped).
  • This press brake machine is applicable for scattered lubrication and lubrication should be carried out according to working conditions and all the lubrication points.
  • User must keep ready accessories for maintenance from time to time.
  • The precision of this machine after heavy repair must be up to the factory standards.

Hydraulic oil

  • Check regularly the oil level in the tank.
  • First oil change after 500 working hours.
  • Subsequent oil change at every 2000 working hour.
  • Always use oil meeting the characteristics of the oil type mentioned.
  • The mark value of hydraulic oil is equal to the average value of viscosity when the temperature is 40℃.
  • If the working pressure and temperature of the hydraulic system are higher, and the working speed is slower, the chose hydraulic oil mark is higher.
  • It is also recommended not to use the machine at very low temperatures (below -5℃). However, should this occur, and then let the machine run idle for a while. An oil heater can be fitted in the circuit if required.
  • Under the normal working conditions, the oil temperature must not exceed 70℃. Under special conditions, oil cooler can be fitted necessary.
  • It is recommended to use antiwar hydraulic oil ISO VG46# (the average value of viscosity is46mm2/s, when the temperature is 40℃). If the machine operates under 5℃ for a long period, you can choose hydraulic oil ISO VG32#.

Refill or replace only with the same grade of oil as follows:


Oil Filter

  • Regularly clean the oil filter by rinsing and brushing in a solvent.
  • The oil filter should be changed when cleaning is not possible or damage.
  • Use the same grade of oil filter when replacement is necessary.


The number of lubrication points is reduced to a minimum and easy to reach.

Lubricate weekly with good grease.

The parts exposed to wear, which are not fitted with lubrication points must be lubricated twice a week. (More details please check the lubrication drawing)

Electrical terminal

Regularly check all connections in the main panel and the electrical switches. If necessary tighten the screws. Replace defect fuse and signal light.

Mechanical parts

It is recommended to check at least once a month the following:

  • Torsion bar bearing is properly secure
  • Slides are not worn off
  • Cylinders rod are properly secure
  • The top ram is properly secure

Safety Ensuring and press brake machine main construction


—The section is used in the press brake machine with special demands, it is only referenced to other machines.

For ensure the safety of people and equipment, we design the safety equipment. The operator must not change, remove or discharge the safety equipment.

9.1 Light Beam/Laser Beam

There is a light beam or laser (according to customer’s request), If the operator wards off the light curtain, the safety module will work.

The ram cannot move downward. To avoid the operator injured.

9.2 Safety grid

There is safety grid at side and back of the machine.

It can keep the operator away from dangerous areas. Safety grid connects electrical system by the safety switch. When opens the safety grid, the electrical system starts, the machine cannot operate.

9.3 Emergency stop

There is an emergency stop button on the handle control station, hanging control station.

When there happens error operation or other accidents, push the emergency stop button, the machine will stop all actions.

9.4 Hydraulic system

Ram’s falling is very dangerous. To avoid its falling, the system adds the safety lifting valve.

The valve cores of exchanging valve and safety lifting valve have checking signal.

If the valve core is abnormal, the checking signal will stop the electrical system to avoid the falling injury.

If the valve cores of exchanging valve and safety lifting valve cannot reset, check the valve.

9.5 Troubleshoot

The normal operation is safety.

If it happens any strange accidents, or when you maintain or repair the machine, you lock in the safety grid, push the emergency stop button, which inside the uprights, then call for help.

If your hands or other parts of the body are clamps by the punch or sheet, push the emergency button; check the condition then restarts the machine.

Switch the operating mode to “inch” position.

Then pushes the handle return button, the ram returns pull the clamped parts out.

Overall drawings of press brake

Here are the drawings:

Press Brake Drawing 1

Press Brake Drawing 2

Press Brake Drawing 3

Press Brake Drawing 4

Part No. Name Quantity
1 Control panel 1
2 Bearing block 2
3 Torsion bar 1
4 Pendulum pole 2
5 Cylinder base block 2
6 Connect pole 4
7 Oil cylinder 2
8 Guide rail 2
9 Cylinder cover 1
10 Single Control Valve 1
11 Pipe connector 1 set
12 Pipe 1 set
13 Oil tank 1
14 Manometer box 1
15 Coupling 1
16 Gear Pump 1
17 Main motor 1
18 Level Gauge 1
19 Filter 4-50 1
20 Filter 250 1
21 Close valve 1
22 FWMBM 1set
23 Saddle of travel switch 1
24 Travel switch 2
25 Pole of travel switch 1
26 Connecting plates 16 sets
27 Lower die 1
28 Upper punch 1 set
29 Press plate 52
30 Star handle 4
31 Motor of back gauge 1
32 Ball screw 2
33 Guide rail 2
34 Stop beam 1
35 Stop finger 2 sets
36 Foundation screw 4
37 Controller system 1 set
38 Electric system 1 set
39 Valve system 1 set

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20 thoughts on “Press Brake Operation Manual (2022 Updated)”

  1. I have a model – MPF 10 – 175 serial – CHPB 9 – 70133 – T im change the oil it said to change filter through a access hole all I see is were the pump is, is that the hole there talking about

    1. The whole oil change process is mainly completed through the oil tank, which has nothing to do with the oil pump. Firstly, drain the hydraulic oil through the oil outlet, then clean the oil tank with gasoline or diluent, and finally inject new oil (above the filter screen) through the oil inlet.

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