For a long time, you’ve known that your company should buy a press brake, whether it’s your first or one of many. You want to get the best deal possible on a press brake that’s going to fit your needs. But shopping online for one can be tough.
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Dimensions, sizes, costs, and more all factor into whether or not you’re going to buy. Also, talking to numerous sales people can be exhausting. They want to sell you the best press brake on the market, but you’re concerned about more than what’s the best.
You want equipment that’s going to get the job done for you. At Moore Machine Tools, we level the playing field when it comes to press brake equipment. Our mission is to get you the press brake that delivers reliable performance and a long lifespan, as well as safe and adaptable operation.
When you choose Moore Machine Tools, no matter the model, you will find the equipment you need to fit project requirements.
Why Buy from Moore Machine Tools
You have dozens of equipment companies to choose from when it comes to press brakes. It’s no surprise that you could spend months “shopping” for the best machine for your operation and lose out on potential profits due to not acquiring the machine you need. Moore Machine Tools helps you get the equipment you need as soon as possible so that you can get back to producing.
Reason #1. Technological Partner
Moore Machine Tools is a technological partner with a variety of press brake equipment manufacturers. This means that when you choose to work with us, you get a wide variety of brands and options to select from. No more calling a dozen sales people, all with one brand of equipment. You can research, shop, and buy all in one place with Machine Moore Tools.
Reason #2. Press Brake Specialists
While many other sales departments simply sell press brake equipment, the Moore Machine Tools team is an actual expert in the maintenance and operation of the machine. This means that when you’re discussing your next equipment purchase with us, we’re thinking about how the machine will affect your operation, production, and bottom line. Our foresight is a huge advantage to buying with us.
Reason #3. Unprecedented Industry Experience
As mentioned above, Machine Moore Tools partners with numerous equipment manufacturers. The experience that we can tap into to get you the machine you need is unprecedented in the industry. The decades of collective experience that we can call upon gives you a unique opportunity to find the equipment that will fit your needs for years to come.
What to Consider When Selecting a New Press Brake
Once you decide to buy a new press brake (or multiple), you want to ensure you take on the responsibility properly. It’s an exciting process that can affect the next decade of machine use. Here’s what you ought to consider when buying a new press brake:
You want to consider the parts that you will need to modify or adjust to fit your press brake needs. The brand and type of machine is pretty straightforward, and the team at Machine Moore Tools can help you find the best one for your needs. However, the parts of the machine can get even more specific and detailed. Knowing your operation and understanding what you want to accomplish with your press brake is a huge benefit in the buying process. While it can be easy to just call up some reps and tell them the serial number and brand of your last press brake, knowing which workpieces you need to get your job done can shorten the time to equipment acquisition and get your business back to operation.
How much deflection do you expect to occur in your machine. The type of material plays a huge role in determining deflection. For example heavy steel will require more workload while aluminum requires less. It all depends on the operation and use of material. Have an idea of this before you start looking for a new press brake, and speed up the buying process.
#3. Parts Radius
The inside radius of parts is crucial to the operation of your press brake. For example, knowing whether you need an inside radius that is less or more than the thickness of the material you’re using can change quite a lot when choosing a press brake. Knowing this information can help your equipment rep serve you much easier in the buying process.
How accurate do you need your bends? A press brake with angular accuracy of +/- 1 degree cannot be changed, which would mean you need to consider a CNC press brake. Knowing how accurate you need bends helps you determine which piece of equipment you actually need, what type of machine, and, ultimately, the cost of said machines.
Don’t assume that since you have a rack full of tooling that it will function with the new press brake machine you’re interested in purchasing. In fact, it’s best to measure your tooling rack and triple check that it will fit with your new press brake before you buy it. In a majority of cases, the accuracy of tooling should be at +/- 0.001 inch per foot and should not exceed +/- 0.005 inch in overall length. It’s common to make the mistake of buying a new press brake but not consider how the tooling rack will function with the new equipment, if at all.
How wide is the flange at the front of the machine you’re about to purchase. A common mistake in buying new press brakes is to not take a look at the flange width. The tonnage of pressure that’s expected to bend material can vary, and the flange width on the material can add more weight than expected. For example, sheet metal being bent at a 90-degree angle may need 7.5 tons of pressure to accomplish. Lowering a flange of this size can weigh nearly 300 pounds, which would require a crane or a collection of strong workers. The flange width is crucial in determining operation plausibility.
Here is a list of other factors to consider when buying a new press brake, as well:
- Daylight and stroke
- Tool clamping
- Tool adapters
- Back gauge
- Compensation systems
- Energy saving systems
- Front support arms and sheet followers
- Angle control systems
- Optionals and accessories
Keep in mind, too, that press brakes are simple machines with much potential for pieces, parts, and more. It’s imperative that you work with a company like Moore Machine Tools to assist you in finding the machine that will work best for your operation. Going with the inexpensive machine to save on cost hamstrings your ability to make more later. It’s best to get the machine that works for you.
The 7 Benefits of a Proper Press Brake
Now that you know what to look for in a press brake, so that you can work with a Moore Machine Tools rep, you may be curious about the benefits of choosing the proper press brake for your operation. You aren’t buying a one-size-fits-all piece of equipment. It should be custom tailored to fit your needs.
Benefit #1: Increased Performance
When you choose the proper press brake for your operation, you have the opportunity to increase performance by as much as 10% via cycle times. A proper press brake allows you to shorten cycle times and increase overall production. This can lead to a variety of benefits like better bottom line, more revenue, and increased profits.
Benefit #2: Position Accuracy
As one of the major factors to consider when buying a press brake, position accuracy is also a benefit that can directly affect your equipment operation. An accurate press brake saves you time and money. Delivering a higher quality of work in less time can make you more money. Accuracy is a huge factor in achieving this.
Benefit #3: Energy Efficiency
Press brake energy efficiency can improve your bottom line while still getting the results you need in operation and production. A more efficient press brake does more than cut energy costs, but it allows you to invest those savings into other parts of the business. Or, you can get you another press brake.
Benefit #4: Stroke Flexibility
Press brakes can only stroke so fast before they start to lose accuracy. Flexible stroke accuracy allows you to adjust your press brake to fit your needs at a speed that improves production speeds. Thus, you decrease bottom line and increase revenue.
Benefit #5: Reduced Noise
The proper press brake can reduce noise down to a whisper. Old, worn out, or certain brands make a ton of noise while in operation. While noise isn’t a bad thing, it can still cause some issues during operation. A whisper quiet press brake makes your facility easier to work in, which makes your workforce happier.
Benefit #6: Cost Effective
Better press brake technology and machinery facilitates less time and effort needed for installation while maintaining all the benefits listed above. This makes the cost of a press brake better, even if it costs more, due to it reducing cycle time, increasing production, taking less time to install, and is easier to maintain. Potential costs are reduced too with a simpler press brake machine, too.
Benefit #7: Environmentally Friendly
The advancement in press brake technology also offers you the ability to use less oil. This makes the equipment more environmentally friendly with the use of less oil. If you’re green conscious, you can have a positive impact on the world around you simply by purchasing the proper press brake.
What to Expect From Moore Machine Tools
When you choose to partner with Moore Machine Tools to find the press brake equipment you need, you will be taken through a very straightforward, easy process from first contact to final deal. The process assists you and our team in finding you the best press brake possible for you.
#1. First Contact
You will reach out to Moore Machine Tools, and we will work with you to schedule an initial consultation call. For most, this first contact can vary. You can call us directly, submit a form on our website, or email us. It all depends on how you prefer to communicate.
Once we get a consultation scheduled, we will meet, either in person or over the phone and discuss your needs. Press brakes come in various brands, types, sizes, and more. So, the consultation process can be quite extensive and require more than one meeting to determine everything you need from us.
The Moore Machine Tools team will do their very best in determining which press brake will be the best fit for your operation. Once we know this, we can then start offering you press brake options. While press brake equipment is simple in function, they are certainly complex in modification to fit your needs. We will narrow down to the press brake that works best for you.
Finally, we will draw up a deal for us both to sign to confirm your purchase of your new press brake. This process is straightforward, and we remain transparent with everything. At Moore Machine Tools, our mission is to assist you in finding and purchasing the best press brake machine on the market that meets all your needs.
When you purchase from Moore Machine Tools, a partnership begins. Our team does not do one-off sales. We work to stay in contact with you, help in any way we can, and get you even more equipment you need later down the road. Our team is available to you in full force to get your press brake up and running as well as advice on how to maintain it.
Searching for a new press brake? Give Moore Machine Tools a call today!
Frequently Asked Questions About Press Brakes
Machine tools often take a little research to understand, even for people who have experience with manufacturing. When it comes to investing in something like one of our press brakes, we always recommend doing as much due diligence as possible to ensure you’re getting the right machine tool for your needs. While one of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will always be available by call to go over any press brake questions you may have, we thought we’d list some answers to frequently asked questions about these machine tools.
Where did the “Press Brake” get its name?
The name press brake can be confusing. It’s not a press break, as it doesn’t break anything. But it’s not a press brake, in the sense that it pumps brakes like a bicycle or car, either. Actually, the term brake used to be used synonymously with machine, due to the automation of agriculture. So the name press brake essentially just refers to a press machine.
What is a “Press Brake” operator?
Press brakes are machine tools, which are essentially tools of automation. But they still require an operator to run. This operator ensures that the press brake is producing at the appropriate specs, whether they are producing parts from metal, plastic, or other materials. This involves studying blueprints for a finished product, stocking the machine with materials, performing maintenance and periodic product quality checks, adjusting the machine’s control speed, etc. All of this is to ensure that at each stage, the product is ready for the next step in production.
How Does a Hydraulic Press Brake Work?
Hydraulic just means that a machine is powered by the force generated from liquid as its condensed under pressure. In this case, “powered” is meant as the source of force generation for bending the metal. Our machines are still turned on and off with electricity. In general, a press brake functions by bending metal in a process that involves 6 phases.
1. Oil pump starting – the oil pump starts the process of condensing the liquid in the press brake that will provide hydraulic power to the machine.
2. Downward movement – The pressure of the oil, a bending beam, and a self weight all create a downward motion toward the bending plate.
3. Bending – As pressure begins to buildup in the no bar cavity, the bending process begins. Bending speed, positioning, force, etc. can all be controlled by the operator during the bending process.
4. Pressure relief – As the no bar cavity reaches the dead center of the machine, the pressure relief phase begins. To increase productivity, the reduction time of this phase needs to be as short as possible.
5. Master cylinder return – This phase marks the master cylinder’s return to its original position, and requires synchronous operation to perform.
6. Pressure adjustment – This phase helps to maintain the rated power of the press brake. This involves the high pressure overflow valve and the electromagnetic overflow valve.
What Is Press Brake Crowning?
Crowning is what keeps all the moving parts straight on a press brake. This allows the machine to keep the bend angle consistent over the full length of a part. A crowning system is used either in the beam, the table, or in both parts. Hydraulic and CNC wedge style crowning are the two most common types of crowning systems in use. Without a crowning system in a press brake machine, it’s ability to scale production would be greatly inhibited.
What Is Air Bending?
Air bending is also known as free bending, and happens to be the most common method of bending sheet metal due to the flexibility of the process. A punch is driven into a piece of sheet metal at a set position within the die opening. This allows the sheet metal to be bent at different angles based on the position that the punch is set at. A host of material specs need to be taken into account by the operator to ensure the finished bend meets company specifications.
What Is A Press Die?
Dies are used to cut or shape material, often metal, and are usually used inside a press. They function similar to how molds do, in that they are made to reflect the item they are trying to create.
What Are Press Brake Dies Made Of?
Press brake dies need to be tough for the machine tool to function. Generally, they are going to be made from some kind of structural steel. Additionally, brake dies tend to be heat treated as well.
What Is CNC Machining?
A CNC operated machine refers to a machine in which large portions of the manufacturing process are relegated to pre programmed computer software. This software controls the movement of each machine part without an operator having to manually pull levels, buttons, wheels, etc. to adjust the machine parts. CNC machine tools are invaluable for scaling manufacturing production.
How Is Sheet Metal Formed?
Sheet metal is one of the more common materials used in press brakes. It is a type of metal formed through an industrial process into thin, flat, malleable pieces. The benefit of sheet metal is that it can be easily cut, bent, and formed into a variety of shapes to perform different functions.
What Types Of Bending Are There?
There are many types of bending when it comes to metal working, and most are relevant to press brakes. Generally, they will fall into one of the following 10 categories: air bending, bottoming, coining, three point bending, folding, wiping, rotary bending, roll bending, elastomer bending, and joggling.
What Are The Axis On a Press Brake?
The axes on a press brake helps with the bending process. Every press brake has an X and an R axis. The X axis refers to movement along the machine depth of the backgauge. The R axis refers to vertical movement, and is used when multiple bends are required.
What is K Factor Bend Allowance?
The K-Factor is a number used in sheet metal working that refers to the ratio of the neutral axis to the thickness of the material being used. It helps to calculate flat patterns, because the number is related directly to how a given material is stretched when it bends. The K factor is what is used to ascertain bend allowances and bend deductions.
We hope these questions will be of some assistance as you continue your research to find the perfect machine tool for your business. If you think your organization could benefit from the manufacturing boost our CNC press brakes provide, please do not hesitate to give us a call at your earliest convenience for more information. One of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.