Advanced Sheet Metal Applications

2952 Doaks Ferry Road N.W.
Salem, OR 97301

Phone: 503-399-7514

Sales Contact
Steven Benson - President

Recent Content on for Advanced Sheet Metal Applications

January 14, 2010
Reclaiming the disappearing press brake knowledge in your shop
Expensive options on a press brake won't guarantee knowledge transfer from a veteran press brake operator to a shop floor rookie. For knowledge transfer to occur, a shop needs experienced workers that can communicate and a younger work force eager to learn because they see a future in metal fabricating.
July 10, 2009
Por que debe preocuparse por los radios interiores de doblez?
Operadores, diseñadores e ingenieros, ¿por qué deben preocuparse por el radio interior de doblez si el cliente no lo hace" Porque, en última...
June 12, 2007
The tao of forming order
Is the starting position of the flat part facing the wrong way or upside down to your natural flow? Are you working from left to right when your natural motion is right to left? If you are, you're fighting the current rather than letting the current do the work. Set up the press brake in such a manner that you work with your natural flow; by not interrupting your "chi."
March 7, 2006
Taking the danger out of bottom bending
It is all too easy to ruin a tool or upset a ram if bottom bending is done incorrectly, which is why many manufacturers do not recommend bottom bending when using their equipment or tooling. Understanding V-die selection and the effects of your decisions should be first and foremost in any bending operation, including bottom bending.
August 9, 2005
Oversized V dies: the effects on bottom bending
Using oversized V dies in bottom bending can damage press brakes and tooling, but used properly, these dies can help compensate for springback.
May 10, 2005
It's all about tool selection -- or is it?
Figure 1 The radius gauge fits squarely into the bend. Air forming, bottom bending, and coining are different forming methods that...
February 8, 2005
Safety faux pas
Figure 1 No Triggering Device Protection In the more than 25 years that I've been in the precision sheet metal trade, I have seen...
September 14, 2004
Skilled workers make new press brake technology even more valuable
This article grew out of an FMA discussion board posting about new press brake controllers and software in which someone asked, "Do I really need all...
May 4, 2004
Air forming and V-die selection
Air forming, bottom bending, and coining are metal forming methods. Air forming, the most common, is a three-point operation. The actual inside...
March 25, 2004
Building the perfect tool cabinet
Have you ever wondered about the best way to store your press brake tooling? An expensive part of your press brake operation, tooling is damaged enough just by daily wear and tear and accidents. You don't want to damage it further by storing it improperly.

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