Press brakes are machines used in the sheet metal industry for the bending of metal plate along a longitudinal length. Any metal that can be punched or bent by cold working processes can also be formed using press brakes.
Manually operated the material is loaded into the machine by hand or with the assistance of lifting devices which is dependent on the size and weight of the metal being bent or formed. The work piece is loaded up against an adjustable stops or a back gauge which ensures the accuracy of each bend.
Today’s Press Brakes:
Modern technology has played a major role in today’s metal press brake by automating many of the tasks once performed and calculated by the operator such as: Setting of the back gauge, limit switches and even feeding the machine. Computers and robotics have improved efficiency, accuracy as well safety issues.