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Press Brake 101: The Ultimate Guide

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Key takeaways:

1. Press brakes are versatile metal fabrication tools that have evolved significantly over time, transitioning from mechanical dominance before the 1950s to the current prevalence of hydraulic and servo-electric models, which offer enhanced precision, control, and energy efficiency for various bending operations.

2. The choice of press brake—mechanical, hydraulic, or electric—depends on specific operational needs, where mechanical brakes offer simplicity and lower cost, hydraulic brakes provide greater force and adaptability for complex tasks, and electric brakes deliver high precision with energy savings and reduced maintenance.

3. Safety and accuracy are paramount in press brake operations, with the integration of advanced control systems for precision bending and various safety features, such as light curtains and emergency stops, to protect operators from the considerable forces exerted during the metal shaping process.

What Is a Press Brake Machine?

Some people often ask: What is a press brake? What is a press brake machine? Is a brake press and a press brake the same thing? What is a press brake used for?

The answers to all of these questions are the same. Simply put, a press brake is a piece of equipment used to bend and form sheet metal.

If you would like to know the definition of a press brake in more detail, including its history and why it’s called that, please read the article linked below.

This video may help you understand the process of bending sheet metal parts using a press brake.

Further reading:

Press Brake Fundamentals

Press brakes are essential tools in the metal fabrication industry that facilitate the bending and shaping of metal sheets to create various structures and products. There are three primary types of press brakes: mechanical, hydraulic, and electric. Each type has its unique features and benefits, so it’s essential to understand these distinctions when choosing the right press brake for your operation.

Mechanical Press Brake

Mechanical press brakes operate using a mechanical drive system powered by a flywheel and clutch. The flywheel gains energy from a motor and then releases it to power the press ram. These machines are typically less expensive than their hydraulic counterparts, making them an attractive option for smaller shops with limited budgets. However, they generally lack the precision, force, and control that hydraulic or electric press brakes can provide.

  • Advantages: Lower cost, simpler operation.
  • Disadvantages: Limited precision, force, and control.

Hydraulic Press Brake

Hydraulic press brakes utilize a hydraulic system to move the ram, allowing for increased pressure and force during the bending process. This increased power provides more accurate bending and greater control compared to mechanical press brakes. Additionally, hydraulic press brakes can be easily adjusted to accommodate various metal thicknesses and are capable of executing complex bends with a smooth motion. These machines tend to be more expensive but are often preferred for their higher performance and versatility.

  • Advantages: Greater precision, control, and force, adaptable to various materials.
  • Disadvantages: Higher cost, more complex operation.

Electric Press Brake

Electric press brakes utilize servomotors to control the ram’s movement, enabling fast, accurate, and energy-efficient bending operations. These machines offer several advantages over their mechanical and hydraulic counterparts, such as reduced energy consumption, fewer moving parts, and lower maintenance requirements. However, electric press brakes are often more expensive and may not provide the same level of force as hydraulic models.

  • Advantages: Energy-efficient, increased precision, reduced maintenance.
  • Disadvantages: Higher cost, potentially lower force capabilities.

By understanding the components and benefits of each type of press brake, you can make an informed decision when selecting the most suitable press brake for your workshop.

Key Components and Functions

Frame and Bed

The frame and bed are the foundation of a press brake. They are made from heavy-duty steel that is designed to withstand the force exerted during the bending process. The bed is a horizontal surface on which the workpiece is placed, while the frame supports the ram and die.

Ram and Die

The ram and die are critical components in a press brake. The ram is a vertically moving part that applies pressure to the workpiece, causing it to bend around the die. The die is a specially designed, interchangeable tool that determines the angle and radius of the bend. Common types of dies include:

  • V-dies: used for air bending and bottom bending
  • U-dies: suitable for U-shaped bends
  • Gooseneck dies: designed for bending flanges or channels

Backgauge

The backgauge is an essential component of a press brake that ensures the workpiece is positioned accurately for bending. It consists of multiple fingers that align with the bending line, guiding the workpiece into the correct position. The backgauge can be manually or automatically adjusted to accommodate different bending dimensions.

Controls

Press brakes utilize various control systems to manage and monitor the bending process. These systems range from simple manual controls to advanced CNC systems that provide precise, consistent bending results. Key functions of the control system include setting bending parameters, monitoring pressure, and ensuring the machine operates within its specifications.

Safety Features

Safety is crucial when operating a press brake. Various safety features are integrated into the machine to minimize the risk of accidents and injuries. Some of these features include:

  • Light curtains: infrared beams that create a perimeter around the machine, stopping it if the beam is interrupted
  • Safety guards: physical barriers that prevent access to the ram and die area
  • Emergency stop buttons: easily accessible buttons to immediately stop the machine in case of an emergency
  • Interlocks: prevent the machine from operating if doors or panels are not closed properly

These key components and functions work together to ensure efficient, accurate, and safe operation of a press brake.

Related reading: Parts And Functions Of Press Brake You Should Know

Different Types of Press Brake Machine

How many types of press brakes are there?

There are several types of press brakes, but the most commonly used are down-moving hydraulic press brakes and CNC press brakes, depending on the classification method used.

Let’s learn more about it through the following classification methods:

1. Classified by the Source of Bending Force

According to the source of bending force, the press brake is divided into: Mechanical press brake, Pneumatic press brake, Hydraulic press brake, Servo-electric press brake.

(1) Mechanical press brake

For the mechanical press brake, the vertical movement of the ram is driven by a crank mechanism which is powered by the flywheel.

(2) Pneumatic press brake

And the pneumatic press brake makes use of air pressure to move the ram.

(3) Hydraulic press brake

The hydraulic press brake utilizes the two synchronized hydraulic cylinders to move the ram.

(4) Servo-electric press brake

The servo-electric press brake uses a servo-motor to drive a ball screw or belt drive to apply force on the ram, causing it to move vertically. Prior to the 1950s, mechanical brakes were the dominant choice in the global market.

However, with advancements in hydraulic technology and computer controls, hydraulic press brakes have become the most widely used option worldwide.

2. Classified by Operation

From another point of view, the press brake can be divided into: Manual press brake, Hydraulic press brake, CNC press brake.

(1) Manual press brake

Manual Press Brake

It is the most common type among various press brakes, also known as a sheet metal brake. Manual press brakes require manual adjustments of the bending dimensions and angles during use.

It consists of a worktable, supporters, and a clamping plate. The worktable is mounted on supporters, which consist of a base and pressure plate.

Manual press brakes are more complex to operate than other types of press brakes, so it is necessary to confirm the bending size and angles before starting mass production.

After completing one batch of mass production, adjustments to the bending size and angles must be made for continued production.

(2) Hydraulic press brake

Hydraulic Press Brake

The hydraulic press brake uses the principles of hydraulics to generate a considerable amount of force that can be used to manipulate the material being worked on.

Hydraulic press brakes are more advanced than mechanical ones. They use hydraulic fluid, which is controlled by a hydraulic pump, to exert pressure on the piston, causing it to move and create the bending action. The pressure exerted is proportional to the amount of fluid pumped, which allows for precise control over the bending process.

(3) CNC press brake

CNC Hybrid Press Brake Machine

An electro-hydraulic servo press brake is a type of sheet metal processing equipment that offers high precision and efficiency. The following components are included in its design:

  • Machine frame
  • Ram
  • Workbench
  • Oil cylinder
  • Hydraulic proportional servo system
  • Position detection system
  • CNC controller
  • Electrical control system

Further reading:

The CNC press brake is a highly efficient and precise sheet metal processing equipment that performs bending by controlling the ram stroke and back gauge.

The operator only needs to input the number of pieces to be bent and the bending angle for each step, and the CNC press brake will perform the bending process according to these specifications.

Advanced CNC press brakes adopt hydro-electric servo systems and grating rulers to form a closed-loop control system, ensuring high control accuracy, bending accuracy, and repositioning accuracy.

With advancements in technology, electro-hydraulic servo synchronization technology is being adopted to upgrade the system, providing numerous advantages.

  • CNC Press Brakes use an electro-hydraulic servo system to control the two-cylinder synchronization, with the international standard grating ruler to realize full closed-loop control. It features high precision synchronization, high bending accuracy, and high repeat positioning accuracy.
  • The press brake is equipped with a hydraulic automatic clamp or fast clamp for the upper die and a socket lower die, based on the customer’s requirement, to reduce labor intensity and improve production efficiency.
  • The back gauge can be extended to 6 axes, and the crowning is automatically adjusted by the controller, providing convenience and accuracy.
  • The press brake is equipped with components such as the Germany Bosch-Rexroth valve block, linear motion guide, and ball screw manufactured by BLIS, Taiwan HIWIN, or other international companies to ensure positioning accuracy.
  • The upper die, which comes in different lengths, can be assembled into a certain width to meet the special requirements of the workpiece.
  • An automatic cylinder crowning system overcomes the impact on workpiece quality caused by ram deformation and ensures the straightness and bending angle of the final products.

3. Classified by Synchronization

Classified by synchronization, the hydraulic press brake can be divided into:

  1. Torsion Synchro Press Brake
  2. Electro-Hydraulic Synchro Press Brake
  3. Hybrid Press Brake

4. Classified by Movement

Classified by movement, the hydraulic press brake can be divided into:

  1. Up Moving Press Brake
  2. Down Moving Press Brake

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Working Principle of Press Brake Machine

bending process

How does a hydraulic press brake work?

In simple terms, the press brake works by using the relative motion of the punch and die, which are fixed on the upper and lower worktable, to achieve bending of sheet metal materials through hydraulic transmission.

A more detailed explanation:

The hydraulic press brake machine incorporates numerical control technology, servo, and hydraulic technology.

The left and right cylinders are driven to extend and retract by controlling the action of the valve. This movement drives the ram of the press brake machine to rise and fall.

The synchronous action of the ram is achieved through the combination of grating signal feedback and proportional valve flow, which is controlled by the CNC system.

The numerical control system also features a display screen for human-machine interaction and simulation of the bending process.

The CNC system controls the opening of the two valves for the left and right cylinders.

If necessary, the flow in the cylinder can be redirected by the servo valve, causing the upper beam to move linearly in a vertical direction.

The amount of movement is determined by the newly measured pulse count.

The signal from the CNC controller is converted into a hydraulic signal to control the action of the valve through the servo valve.

Each cylinder in the hydraulic system has its own independent control circuit, servo valve, and filling valve.

The bending of the workpiece at different angles can be achieved in one operation.

Hydraulic Press Brake Working Principle Diagram

Hydraulic Press Brake Working Principle Diagram

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Press Brake

Advantages of press brake

(1) Suitable for small batch and multi-variety production:

The press brake allows for versatility with a single set of punch and die, making it suitable for producing a wide range of materials and parts.

(2) Low cost and long lifespan of bending dies:

Each set of bending die costs only a few thousand yuan, and the manufacturing process is straightforward, eliminating the need for repeated trials.

Moreover, each set of die can last for at least 10 years, reducing the overall cost of die manufacturing.

(3) Capable of producing “S” and “U” shaped parts:

In stamping molding, producing “U” shaped parts is particularly challenging. Press molding requires a certain amount of rebound, which can lead to difficulties in fitting the punch and die together.

The press brake, on the other hand, solves this issue by performing multiple bending operations.

(4) Ideal for trial production of new products:

The versatility of a press brake allows for the production of parts with different shapes, sizes, and angles using a single set of punch and die.

This makes it ideal for trial production of new products without incurring additional costs.

(5) Capable of forming a variety of polyggon shapes with different heights:

The press brake machine can produce multi-bend parts with different edge heights by adjusting the material and angle settings.

(6) Deflection compensation function:

When bending long workpieces, there can be a significant deviation between the forming angle of the middle and the sides, leading to uneven angles.

The press brake, however, has a deflection compensation function that allows for adjusting the angle at each position, ensuring straight bending and reducing the need for manual adjustment and repair.

This streamlines the production of long parts, reduces labor intensity, and improves product quality.

Disadvantages of press brake

(1) Requirements for Material Thickness

Materials used in bending must meet certain thickness requirements.

As a rule of thumb, materials with a thickness of no more than 50mm can be easily bent, but those with a thickness greater than 50mm require substantial bending force.

Commonly used press brakes in enterprises have capacities of 400t, 300t, 160t, and 80t.

(2) Risk of Fracture during Bending

During the bending process, edges and corners of the material can develop burrs or oxide layers, which can lead to cracking or fracture of the material during bending.

This makes it challenging to ensure the quality of the final product.

(3) Indentation during Bending

Indentation is a frequent quality issue that occurs during bending. In some cases, the chosen bending die may not be suitable or an appropriate die set must be used, resulting in unavoidable indentation.

In such cases, an additional grinding process is necessary, and the thickness of the polished material and parts must be tested.

Deep indentations can result in scrapping of materials and parts, increasing the cost.

(4) Slippage during Bending

During bending, some materials may slip, causing the bending part to turn out.

Square materials typically do not encounter this issue, but irregular materials may slip easily, resulting in non-compliance with process standards.

Further reading:

Press Brake Weight

Operation and Safety Procedures

Basic Steps for Using a Press Brake

  1. Preparation: Prior to operating the press brake, ensure that all necessary materials, tools, and safety equipment are ready. This includes checking the machine for any defects and ensuring it is in good working condition.
  2. Setup: Properly adjust the back gauge system, adjust the upper and lower die sets, and select the desired bending angle.
  3. Material Placement: Carefully position the metal sheet onto the machine, aligning it with the die. Ensure that the material is properly secured and the bending line is aligned correctly.
  4. Bending: Activate the press brake, gently and slowly applying pressure onto the metal sheet. Observe the bending process and make any necessary adjustments as needed.
  5. Final Inspection: After the bending process is completed, carefully remove the finished product, and inspect it for quality and accuracy.

Safety Tips

  • Wear appropriate protective gear: This can include safety glasses, gloves, and ear protection.
  • Maintain a clean workspace: Keep the area around the press brake free from clutter, and make sure all tools and materials are stored properly.
  • Never bypass safety features: Press brakes come with a variety of safety mechanisms, such as light curtains, guards and interlocks. Always ensure these features are in proper working order and never attempt to override them.
  • Be aware of pinch points: Keep hands, fingers, and limbs away from moving parts and pinch points during operation. Use proper lifting techniques if needed.
  • Proper maintenance is key: Regularly inspect your press brake for any signs of wear and tear, and keep it well-maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Tips for Effective Operation

Material Selection

Choosing the right material for a press brake job is essential for ensuring a successful outcome. Carefully consider material properties, as different materials have different strengths, ductilities, and load capacities. It’s also important to know the limits of the specific press brake you are using, as this will help avoid machine damage and possible accidents while operating.

Proper Setup and Maintenance

A well-maintained press brake is crucial for achieving desired results. Regularly inspect the machine for wear and tear, ensure all parts are lubricated and functioning correctly, and keep the workspace clean to prevent mishaps. When setting it up, use the correct dies, tooling, and back-gauges for the bend you need. Machine calibration is also essential to maintaining the desired bend accuracy.

Best Practices for Bending

Some techniques can help improve the quality of your press brake work:

  • Understanding the bending process: Familiarize yourself with different bending techniques, such as air bending, coining, or bottom bending, and know when to use each one.
  • Programming bend sequences: Properly sequencing bends can help reduce production times and improve part quality. Plan the sequence to limit unnecessary machine adjustments and prevent collisions between the part and tooling.
  • Proper handling of material: Implementing safe and efficient material handling practices reduces the risk of injury and ensures uniformity of bends. Use appropriate lifting equipment and avoid bending material excessively to prevent distortion or deformities in the final product.
  • Use of process controls: Implementing in-process controls, such as angle measurement systems and press brake tooling sensors, can help maintain bend accuracy and identify potential issues before they become major problems.

Specifications of Press Brake

The specifications of the press brake machine encompass various aspects including nominal pressure, workbench length, workbench height, ram stroke, maximum opening height, ram stroke adjustment, column spacing, throat depth, ram speed, main motor power, oil pump, maximum system pressure, overall dimensions, among others.

It is important to note that the parameters of press brake machines produced by different manufacturers can vary.

Therefore, when making a purchase, it is crucial to carefully compare these parameters to ensure that the technical specifications of the machine meet your needs and requirements.

Further reading:

Application of Press Brake

Press brakes are widely used in energy, transportation, automobile, machinery, metallurgy, shipbuilding, aviation, military, agricultural machinery, petroleum machinery, power generation industries.

Press Brake Application

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Toolings of Press Brake

Press Brake Toolings Drawing_MachineMfg

What is press brake tooling?

Press brake tooling is an essential component of press brake machines that helps to ensure the accuracy and quality of the final bent parts. It is composed of a punch and a die that are used to shape and bend metal sheets or plates into the desired shape.

The tooling is made of high-strength materials, such as hardened steel, to withstand the high pressure and forces during press brake operations.

There is a wide range of shapes and sizes available to cater to different applications and workpieces. The die used for forming has a cavity, while the die used for separation has a blade edge.

Press brake tooling consists of various components that work together to bend and shape metal sheets. The most important elements in press brake tooling are punches and dies, as they directly perform the bending process.

Top punch selection

Punches

Punches, also known as the upper tool, are attached to the upper part of the press brake. These tools are responsible for applying pressure to the metal sheet, forcing it into the dies. Punches are available in different shapes and sizes, depending on the desired bend and the type of material being processed. Some common punch types include:

  • Straight Punches: Used for simple bends with large radii.
  • Gooseneck Punches: Designed for making acute angle bends and U-shaped channels.
  • Hemming Punches: Used for bending metal sheets at a continuous angle to create a flat surface.

Dies

Dies, also known as the lower tool, are situated at the bottom part of the press brake. They form a cavity or a groove to accommodate the metal sheet and the punch. When the punch presses the metal sheet into the die, it forms the desired bend. Some common die types are:

  • V-shaped Dies: The most common type, ideal for bending a wide range of materials and thicknesses.
  • U-shaped Dies: Used for creating channels and flanged shapes in metal sheets.
  • Offset Dies: Designed for making Z-shaped bends or double bends in a single operation.

Careful selection of punch and die combinations is crucial for achieving the desired results. Factors such as material type, thickness, bend radius, and press brake tonnage should all be considered when choosing the proper tooling. Proper maintenance and handling of the tools are also imperative, as they directly impact the quality of the finished product.

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Manufacturers of Press Brake

You may be wondering who makes the best press brake.

The following press brake manufacturer ranking list will certainly assist you in choosing the ideal press brake manufacturer. We may include our press brake reviews below the list in the near future.

Maintenance Checklist of Press Brake

Before performing maintenance or cleaning on the press brake machine, align the top punch with the bottom die, then turn off the press brake until the work is completed.

If it is necessary to start the machine or carry out other operations, make sure to select the jog mode for safety.

Here is a press brake maintenance checklist:

Hydraulic oil circuit

  • Weekly inspection of the oil levels in the oil tanks should be conducted as part of the hydraulic system maintenance. If the oil level is below the oil window, the oil tank should be filled with hydraulic oil.
  • The hydraulic oil used in the press brake should be either ISO HM46 or Mobil DTE25.
  • The oil in a new press brake should be changed after 2000 hours of operation, and thereafter should be changed every 4,000 to 6,000 hours. The fuel tank should be cleaned with every oil change.
  • The oil temperature in the system should be between 35℃ and 60℃, and should not exceed 70℃, as higher temperatures can lead to deterioration of the oil and cause damage to accessories.

Filter

  • During each oil change, the filter should be either replaced or thoroughly cleaned.
  • If the press brake experiences related alarms or the oil appears unclean, or there are other unusual conditions for the filter, it should be replaced.
  • The air filter on the tank should be cleaned every three months, with replacement being preferable every year.

Hydraulic parts

  • Monthly cleaning of hydraulic components, such as substrates, valves, motors, pumps, and tubing, should be performed to prevent dirt from entering the system. No detergents should be used.
  • After one month of use, check the bending point of the tubing for any deformations and replace it if necessary. After two months of use, tighten all connection parts while the press brake is shut down to ensure there is no pressure in the system during the work.

As a press brake operator, it is important to read through the following analysis of common press brake failures in order to possibly prevent and resolve significant issues.

Further reading:

Inspection Checklist of Press Brake Machine

Brief Description

  • Standard test order does not mean the actual test order, it is changeable
  • Adjusting the mechanism and parts that may affect the precision is prohibited during the test process.
  • Workpiece precision inspection conditions:
  • Requirements on workpiece
  • If the workpiece is made by an A3 steel plate, it’s tensile strength Qb≤ 450MPa
  • The number of workpieces shall not less than 3 pieces
  • The opening size of the lower die shall be 8-10 times as large as the workpiece thickness
  • The workpiece should be put on the worktable middle position
  • The bending angle is 90°
  • Measure from end 100mm

The inspection method and accuracy range shall be based on GBT-14349-2011-Metal Press Brake- Precision

Press Brake Inspection Checklist Form

Note: the worktable is floated, inspection G2, G3 shall refer worktable vertical plate as a benchmark.

Press Brake Inspection Checklist Form

Tonnage Calculation of Press Brake

You may be wondering about the size of press brake you need. How do you calculate the press brake forming force? What’s the formula for calculating press brake tonnage?

The easiest way to determine the required press brake capacity for your bending work is to refer to the chart below.

Press brake bending chart (metric)

Press brake tonnage quick lookup table

The bending force referred to in the above quick reference chart is based on the following conditions:

The required bending force per meter (T/m) when the lower die opening and plate thickness are confirmed, and the material’s tensile strength is 45kg/mm² (450N/mm²).

When the material has a different tensile strength of σ (kg/mm²), the required bending force per meter (T/m) can be calculated using the following formula.

F1 = F0·σ/450 (T/m);

bending force

See also:

Press Brake Controller Manual

There are two popular press brake controllers, namely the one from China’s Estun, which is the exclusive agent of DELEM control in China, and the other one is DELEM from the Netherlands.

Press Brake Controller

See also:

The key factors for a press brake machine are divided into two parts: the machine itself, such as its quality and accuracy, and the control system.

You can download the installation and operation manual for press brake controllers in PDF form from the following link.

Operation Manual:

Installation Manual:

Programming and Setup of Press Brake

Press Brake Programing

The above operation manual and installation manual of press brake controllers provide clear explanations of programming and setup. Please download them from the provided link and read them carefully.

Instructions on How to Use a Press Brake:

As an example, here is a simple introduction on how to use a hydraulic press brake to fabricate Q235 mild steel:

First, connect the power, turn on the key switch on the control panel, and then press the pump to start.

You should be able to hear the sound of the oil pump rotating. (The machine will not start running at this time)

Pay attention to stroke adjustment for the press brake operation.

This must be tested before bending. Ensure that there is clearance equal to the thickness of the plate when the top punch is down at the bottom of the lower die, otherwise the mold and press brake may be damaged.

The stroke adjustment can be performed through electric quick adjustment or manual fine adjustment.

For V-width selection, the width of the V opening should typically be 8 times the thickness of the plate. For example, when bending a 4mm plate, you should choose a 32mm V-opening die.

The back gauge adjustment usually has both electric fast adjustment and manual fine-adjustment.

Step down the pedal switch to start bending. You can stop the machine at any time by releasing the foot.

If you release your foot, the bending machine will stop and you can continue bending by stepping down the switch again.

Here, we provide press brake operation manuals to guide you in operating the press brake.

Furthermore, by reading the articles in our bending category, you can gain knowledge about various aspects of press brake and sheet metal bending.

It is recommended to take your time to carefully read and learn from these articles.

Training of press brake

Training for press brake usage and programming can also be acquired by referring to the manuals.

These manuals can be easily downloaded from the link provided above and can be studied at your convenience, wherever you are and at any time.

Further reading:

DIY Press Brake

Sometimes, workshop owners only need to bend a few pieces of steel, making it not cost-effective to purchase a brand new press brake.

As a result, they may opt to build their own press brake for simple bending purposes, creating a homemade metal brake press.

Here, I have collected some videos on building a home-made press brake. I hope that these tutorials will help you make one on your own.

Automation

In the coming years, the press brake industry is expected to see a significant increase in the adoption of automation. This trend is driven by the need to improve productivity, accuracy, and consistency in manufacturing processes. Companies have started integrating robotic systems into their press brake operations, making it possible to handle complex bending tasks with ease and precision.

Automated press brakes not only increase efficiency but also reduce the dependency on skilled labor, as they can operate with minimal human intervention. Moreover, the use of advanced sensors and smart controls ensure better repeatability and quality in the products.

Environmentally Friendly Technologies

The future of the press brake industry also includes a focus on environmentally friendly technologies that minimize the impact on the environment. Manufacturers are working on the development of sustainable materials and energy-efficient machinery to contribute to a greener industry. Some of the key advancements in this area include:

  • Energy-efficient hydraulic systems: Press brake manufacturers are designing hydraulic systems that have lower power consumption and reduce hydraulic fluid leakage, thus contributing to a cleaner and more energy-efficient operation.
  • Recyclable materials: Companies are increasingly using recyclable materials in their press brake manufacturing processes. This helps in reducing waste and promoting a circular economy within the industry.
  • Reduced noise pollution: Technological advancements have led to the development of quieter press brakes that contribute to reduced noise pollution in the workplace, providing a safer and healthier environment for workers.

These trends indicate that the press brake industry is continually evolving and adopting innovative technologies to meet the demands of modern manufacturing. As a result, it is expected that these advancements will lead to a more efficient, sustainable, and competitive industry in the future.

What Is the Price of a Press Brake?

How much does a press brake cost? Or what is the price of a press brake?

The cost of a press brake machine is largely determined by its bending force, length, and control system.

Other factors that influence the price include the brand, type, specifications, and market.

To provide a general idea of the price range for press brake machines, we have created a reference table for both NC and CNC press brakes.

Press Brake Price Table (USD)

ModelNC Press BrakeCNC Press Brake
40T*2200480019000
40T*2500485020000
50T*2500520020500
63T*2500630021000
63T*3200730022000
80T*2500790023000
80T*3200920024000
80T*40001050023500
100T*2500880024000
100T*3200990025000
100T*40001150026000
125T*2500950025000
125T*32001080026000
125T*40001250027500
160T*25001300027000
160T*32001450029000
160T*40001600032000
160T*50002050036500
160T*60002400043000
200T*32001600032000
200T*40001850036500
200T*50002300045000
200T*60002700048000
250T*32002400038000
250T*40002700043000
250T*50003200049000
250T*60003500055000

How to Choose a Press Brake Machine?

If you’re in search of the perfect hydraulic press brake machine for your needs, then you should definitely read this comprehensive guide on selecting the right machine.

This article offers a complete overview of the press brake world, starting with a definition of a press brake, followed by an explanation of the different parts of a hydraulic press brake.

It covers different types of press brakes, including manual, hydraulic, and NC/CNC types, and provides a comparison of the pros and cons of NC press brakes versus CNC press brakes.

This guide also highlights key factors to consider when selecting a press brake and provides useful tips on how to choose the right machine.

In short, it is a must-read for anyone who’s looking to purchase a press brake machine.

Related reading: Press Brake Buying Guide

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39 thoughts on “Press Brake 101: The Ultimate Guide”

  1. dear sir,
    sir give idea when press break cnc all function is ok but ram up time is high,i want before decompration reverce & forward time are same(press break controller DELEM)

  2. maximo chimfwembe

    iam using WE67K-250 hydraulic press brake with CNC D51A DELEM,now the problem is that the ram is stuck downward and not coming upwards when i press the footswitch for up.what can be the problem

  3. WE ARE FABRICATION COMPANY AND WANT TO START HYDRAULIC PRESS BRAKE CNC MACHINE MANUFACTURING BUSINESS. IF YOU CAN HELP AS CONSULTANT YOU CAN PLEASE CONTACT ME.

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