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April 3, 2014
The next level of air bending
Editor’s Note: This is an edited excerpt from Sheet Metalworking: State of the Art, published by LVD Group. Air bending (also known as free bending) is the most common way for bending sheet metal because of its flexibility. In air... Read more...

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September 5, 2013
6 ways to make large-sheet-bending easier
Bending a large sheet in a press brake is never a one-person job (see Figure 1 ). In some instances, it can be a three- or four-person job. For some bending departments, that might translate to “all hands on deck.” Of course,... Read more...

Product

June 17, 2013
Advanced laser resonator, control package added to laser cutting systems
LVD Co. nv has added a new resonator and control package to select models of its CO2 laser cutting systems. According to the company, the fully integrated FANUC 31i-L CNC and i-C series resonator package reduces laser start-up time as much as... Read more...

Product

May 1, 2013
Auto tool changing press brake line expanded with 220-ton model
LVD Strippit has expanded its ToolCell press brake line with the introduction of a larger-capacity, 220-ton model featuring a bend length configuration of 160 in. The hydraulic press brake features an integrated tool changer unit to help... Read more...

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April 3, 2013
Touchscreen user interface added to laser cutting systems
LVD Strippit now offers its Touch-L 19-in. touchscreen GUI on its Sirius series of CO2 laser cutting systems. According to the company, the GUI allows routine and complex applications to be completed with minimal operator input. The large... Read more...

Product

March 13, 2013
Bend app helps simplify bending calculations
LVD Strippit's new bend app for smartphones and tablets provides quick access to bending calculations and tooling information to aid press brake setup and part production. It also offers company news and product updates. The app provides... Read more...

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March 7, 2013
Tooling changeover can be a pressing issue
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of CIM-Canadian Industrial Machinery . It’s tough for a press brake department to keep up when jobs coming through are for small quantities, each... Read more...

News

December 17, 2012
LVD Strippit launches social media presence
LVD Strippit, Akron, N.Y., a manufacturer of sheet metalworking equipment, has launched a social media presence to engage customers and prospects online. The LVD Strippit blog is at http://blog.strippit.com. The Facebook profile can be found... Read more...

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December 3, 2012
EuroBLECH 2012 recap: Fighting for more efficiency
Leading indices indicate that manufacturing output has declined for almost a year. Certain geographic areas are suffering greatly from very high unemployment rates. Local governments are unable to inject stimulus funds because of skyrocketing... Read more...

Product

November 30, 2012
Linear laser cutting system with 4-kW laser source processes 1-in.-thick mild steel
LVD Strippit offers the Axel 3015 S Linear laser cutting system for processing thin and thick materials. A safety system protects the head from collision with the workpiece. A high-pressure (clean cut) cutting head is available for 5-, 7.5-,... Read more...

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November 30, 2012
Press brake bending angle monitored in real time by laser
LVD Strippit offers the Easy-Form® 135/30 servo-controlled press brake, part of the PPEB series of press brakes with working lengths from 5 to 50 ft. and tonnages up to 3,000. The machine features the company's Easy-Form Laser adaptive... Read more...

News

October 16, 2012
LVD Strippit names manufacturing manager, assembly supervisor
LVD Strippit, a manufacturer of metal forming equipment in Akron, N.Y., has announced additions to its manufacturing management team. Lieven Decloedt has been named to the position of manufacturing manager. In this role, he is responsible for... Read more...

Product

October 16, 2012
Dynamic feedback system monitors, regulates laser parameters
LVD Strippit has introduced the patented Adaptive Laser Cutting (ALC™) system, which provides real-time monitoring and feedback control of the laser cutting process. The dynamic feedback system monitors and regulates laser power, speed,... Read more...

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October 8, 2012
Punching up productivity
"Everybody wants everything yesterday," said Steve Confer, president, Mid-West Metal Products Co., Industrial Div. Those outside of the metal fabricating business might think Mid-West Metal is in the time machine business after reading a... Read more...

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September 5, 2012
Fiber laser system increases thin-sheet processing speeds
LVD has introduced the Electra FL high-speed fiber laser system. Powered by a solid-state, doped-fiber laser source, the system processes traditional sheet metal materials such as mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, as well as copper and... Read more...

News

May 14, 2012
LVD Co. marks 60 years in business
LVD Co. nv, Gullegem, Belgium, marks its 60th anniversary in 2012 as a designer and manufacturer of equipment for sheet metal fabrication. The company began producing hydraulic presses in 1952 and today manufactures punching, laser cutting,... Read more...

Product

May 2, 2012
Punch presses feature expanded turret capacity
LVD Strippit's V20-1225 and V20-1525 punch presses now are equipped with a newly designed 47-station turret featuring three standard 3.5-in. autoindexable stations and four standard 2-in. stations. Every station accepts shaped punches and... Read more...

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April 19, 2012
LVD Strippit names applications engineer for laser products
Daniel Stall has been named to the position of applications engineer — laser products for LVD Strippit, Akron, N.Y. In this role, he is involved in product demonstrations, time studies, applications analysis, software training, tradeshow... Read more...

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April 12, 2012
LVD Strippit appoints sales engineer
LVD Strippit, Akron, N.Y., has named Dean Arneson to the position of sales engineer. Based in Andover, Minn., he is responsible for the sale of the company's sheet metal and plate working machines and software in Minnesota, North Dakota, South... Read more...

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April 3, 2012
Justifying a robotic press brake
Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from “What You Need to Know Before Automating a Press Brake,” presented by Paul LeTang at FABTECH® Nov. 14-17, 2011, Chicago, ©2011 by the Fabricators & Manufacturers... Read more...

Product

March 14, 2012
Adjustable V die allows press brake bending of angles to 50 degrees
LVD Strippit nv offers the Vari-Vee V30-140 CNC, adjustable V die for its PPEB and Easy-Form® precision press brakes. The variable, adjustable-bottom V die is designed for use with press brakes from 320 to 1,000 tons and up to 315 in.... Read more...

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February 7, 2012
Press brake series expanded to offer machines up to 700 tons
LVD Strippit has expanded its PPEC series of midrange, precision hydraulic press brakes to offer machines up to 700 tons. The higher-tonnage models provide heavier forming capacity and expand the line with machines from 39 tons in bend lengths... Read more...

Product

January 9, 2012
CNC turret punch press handles large or oversized workpieces up to 60 by 157 in.
LVD Strippit has introduced the Strippit M-1525 midrange, 20-metric-ton, CNC turret punch press. It handles large or oversized workpieces up to 60 by 157 in. with one sheet repositioning, making it suitable for the fabrication of large panels... Read more...

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November 7, 2011
CNC turret punch press handles large, oversized workpieces
LVD Strippit has introduced the Strippit P-1525, a 20-metric-ton, CNC turret punch press designed to handle large or oversized workpieces up to 60 by 98.4 in. Larger sheets can be processed with clamp repositioning. The machine delivers up... Read more...

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October 7, 2011
Press brakes engineered for simple to complex heavy-bending applications
LVD Strippit offers a co-manufactured heavy-duty series of press brakes for simple to complex heavy bending applications. The machines are engineered and manufactured by LVD Co. and its joint-venture company LVD-HD. By offering a flexible... Read more...

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August 9, 2011
Punch presses handle workpieces up to 60 by 120 in.
LVD Strippit offers the Pullmax series of punch presses, including the LVD Pullmax 520, 530, 720, and 730 models. The machines perform punching, forming, marking, bending, and tapping. The hydraulic press drive combines with rapid table... Read more...

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June 14, 2011
Press brake tooling designed to allow material to flow into die more evenly with less drag
LVD Strippit offers precision-ground tooling with the patented STONE® radius for its press brakes. The tooling is produced with a progressive radius on both sides of the V opening, allowing the material to flow into the die more evenly and... Read more...

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June 3, 2011
Material storage/retrieval tower for turret punch presses introduced
LVD Strippit has introduced the CT-P compact material storage and retrieval tower for Strippit turret punch presses, including the V, VT, M, and VX-series models. The system provides full capabilities for loading, unloading, and storage of... Read more...

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May 9, 2011
CNC turret punch presses have 51 percent larger turret capacity than previous models
LVD Strippit has introduced the M-series of midrange, 20-metric-ton CNC turret punch presses featuring a 51 percent larger turret capacity than previous models. Equipped with the company's energy reduction system (ERS), the punch presses... Read more...

Article

May 6, 2011
The big job of high-tonnage bending
The view of a 1,000-ton press brake from 100 feet way and that of a 100-ton press brake from 10 ft. away is somewhat similar. However, the jobs done on those press brakes differ greatly. Bending the big stuff is a much larger endeavor.... Read more...

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February 25, 2011
The fundamentals of press brake maintenance
Today's hydraulic press brakes are offered in a broad range of capacities, from portable 50-ton models to custom machines 3,000 tons or larger, and with advanced options, such as CNC sheet supports, programmable tooling, adaptive bending, and... Read more...

News

February 17, 2011
LVD Company, Pullmax AB agree to merger of operations
LVD Company nv, Gullegem, Belgium, and Pullmax AB, Göteborg, Sweden, today announced they have entered into an agreement providing for the operational merger of the companies to combine sales, service, production, and research and development... Read more...

Product

January 31, 2011
Power consumption reduction system incorporated in punch presses, press brakes
LVD Strippit has incorporated the new Energy Reduction System (ERS) into its Strippit VX-series punch presses and PPEC series press brakes. The system manages power consumption during machine operation, standby, and idle times, reducing... Read more...

Product

October 11, 2010
OEE module for CAD/CAM software examines, reports on equipment productivity and performance
LVD Strippit has added an overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) module to its CADMAN® family of offline software. The module examines and reports on equipment productivity and performance; provides analysis in simple graphical charts;... Read more...

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September 16, 2010
Where the tool meets the sheet metal
Jerry Ward remembers blue ink, rulers, flat layout, and templates. As a young fabricator several decades ago, Ward would mark a hole location with a vertical and horizontal line, center the tool on those crosshairs and drill, then repeat until... Read more...

Product

September 13, 2010
Midrange press brake series available in 35- to 50-ton machines
LVD Strippit now offers 35- to 50-ton configurations of its PPEC series of midrange press brakes. The machines achieve bending speeds up to 47 IPM. The Energy Reduction System (ERS) feature helps reduce the cost of operation by offering energy... Read more...

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August 10, 2010
3-D programming software for CNC press brakes also supports robotic bending applications
LVD Strippit offers CADMAN®-B 3D version 7.2 offline programming software for its PPEB and Easy-Form® series of CNC press brakes. It also supports robotic bending applications. The software helps simplify the programming of complex... Read more...

Product

June 28, 2010
Automatic load/unload system for turret punch presses retrofittable
LVD Strippit, Akron, N.Y., has introduced the Strippit PA-Series automatic load/unload system, a compact material handling device retrofittable for the company's VX, V, VT, S, and ST-Series CNC turret punch presses. The device provides... Read more...

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May 10, 2010
CNC punch presses combine high-speed, 20-metric-ton hydraulic ram with 48-station turret
LVD Strippit has introduced the Strippit VX series of CNC turret punch presses for processing thin sheet materials. The punch presses combine a high-speed, 20-metric-ton hydraulic ram with a 48-station turret. The hydraulic press drive and... Read more...

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May 4, 2010
Report from Europe: Finding the sweet spot in fabricating automation
Walking a block north of the Leie River flanked by the medieval Broel towers—two of the few original structures left standing in Kortrijk after World War II—I noticed the trees. The Belgians pruned them several years ago, leaving... Read more...

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November 10, 2009
Laser system tower designed for optimal material flow, unattended operation
LVD Strippit has introduced a compact material storage and retrieval tower for select models of its CO2 laser cutting systems. According to the company, the space-saving system allows optimal material flow and unattended operation with... Read more...

Product

September 9, 2009
Mid-range press brakes introduced
LVD Strippit has introduced its PPEC press brakes designed as a mid-range bending system less challenging forming applications. The press brakes, which include the PPEC-6 and PPEC-7 models, provide capacities from 80 tons, 2 meters up to 220... Read more...

Article

May 14, 2009
Keeping the (fire) door open
About a block north of the Cross Bronx Expressway, not far from Yankee Stadium, truck and van drivers brave the city streets and park next to or back carefully into the loading dock of an unadorned brownstone. Drivers get out and yell, "I need... Read more...

Product

May 12, 2009
Press brake offered in manual and CNC configurations
LVD Strippit has introduced the PPS series of press brakes suitable for general bending requirements. Available in six models from 50 to 200 tons and bend lengths from 78 to 157 in., the press brake is offered in manual and CNC configurations... Read more...

News

April 1, 2009
LVD, HD establish joint venture company in China
LVD Company n.v. and Hubei Tri-Ring Metalforming Equipment Co., Ltd. (HD) have formed a joint venture company in Huangshi City, Hubei Province, China. The joint venture company will produce LVD sheet metalworking equipment, including turret... Read more...

Product

June 17, 2008
Robotic bending cell offers midlevel automation
LVD Strippit has introduced RoboCell, a bending cell capable of robotic bending and stand-alone operation. The cell offers midlevel automation, combining an LVD Strippit PPEB or Easy-Form® series CNC press brake with a multiaxis Kuka robot... Read more...

Product

February 12, 2008
Laser cutting system processes sheets up to 157 in. by 78 in.
LVD Strippit's Orion 4020 hybrid-style CO 2 laser cutting system processes large sheets up to 157 in. by 78 in. The system features a rigid, high-precision rack-and-pinion drive system designed to provide precise motion and position control. A... Read more...

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January 15, 2008
2 strategies for optimizing bending operations
Metal fabricators must continuously seek new ways to maximize their uptime and improve their staff utilization to combat the skilled worker shortage. Fabricators typically encounter bottlenecks during setup and production in their press brake... Read more...

News

October 9, 2007
LVD launches global branding initiative
LVD Co. n.v., Gullegem, Belgium, has launched a global branding initiative designed to unite all of the company's sales subsidiaries and products under the LVD brand name and the baseline "Sheet Metalworking: Our Passion, Your Solution." The... Read more...

Product

July 10, 2007
Laser cutting system processes sheet up to 1,500 mm by 3,000 mm
Strippit®/LVD has expanded its line of Orion CO2 laser cutting systems with the Orion 3015Plus and the Orion 3015 Auto Load/Unload. The laser cutting systems process materials in sheet sizes up to 1,500 mm by 3,000 mm. Their hybrid-style... Read more...

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July 10, 2007
Advances in automation broaden punching capabilities
Increasingly metal fabricators are turning to automated equipment to reduce punching production downtime and costs, streamline manufacturing, minimize material handling, and address a shortage of skilled labor. In some parts of the world,... Read more...

News

March 13, 2007
Strippit/LVD names sales manager, Canada
Strippit/LVD, a manufacturer of metal forming equipment, including turret punch presses, laser cutting machines, press brakes, shears, automated systems and programming software, has promoted Neil Campbell to the position of sales manager-Canada... Read more...

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February 13, 2007
Big shoulders, long strides
About 25 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Hansen Steel Services employees wear T-shirts imprinted with the company's Viking logo—a reference to the owners' Norwegian ancestry. It's not hard to imagine... Read more...

News

February 13, 2007
Strippit/LVD names sales engineer
Leonard (Len) Stock has been named as a sales engineer for Strippit, Inc., a manufacturer of metalforming equipment, including turret punch presses, laser cutting systems, press brakes, shears, and programming software.Based in Commerce Township,... Read more...

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June 13, 2006
Fabricator puts the brake on bend inconsistency
When you think of Nebraska, you probably think of farming. Well-known for endless fields that cover 96 percent of the state, Nebraska produces vast amounts of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and wheat. Look a little closer, though, and you... Read more...

News

June 13, 2006
Strippit promotes two
Strippit/LVD, Akron, N.Y., has named Don Grochocki as customer service manager-punch presses and Dan Caprio as product specialist-punching machinery. Grochocki oversees field service efforts, addressing customer service requirements and working... Read more...

News

May 9, 2006
Strippit appoints laser product specialist
Strippit/LVD, Akron, N.Y., has promoted J. Matt Keever to product specialist-lasers. Keever advises and trains customers and sales representatives in the use and application of laser cutting equipment and conducts on-site customer application... Read more...

News

March 7, 2006
Strippit/LVD names representation firm
Strippit/LVD, Akron, N.Y., has named Roskelley Machinery Corp., Salt Lake City, as its marketing representative in Utah and Idaho. Roskelley represents all Strippit/LVD equipment, including high-performance mechanical and hydraulic CNC turret... Read more...

Product

January 10, 2006
Press brake bends small- to medium-sized parts
The PPRM precision press brake from Strippit/LVD features a motor design that delivers working speeds up to 59 IPM at reduced load. It is suitable for bending small- to medium-sized high-precision parts. The 35-ton machine has a working length... Read more...

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February 8, 2005
FMA goes to China
The group had just spent 11 days last November traveling through Taiwan and China, visiting sheet metal stamping and fabricating operations, as well as the facilities of tour sponsors SEYI Presses and The TRUMPF Group. They had seen global... Read more...

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September 14, 2004
The growing versatility of turret punch presses
Press Drive Flexibility Higher hit rates on a mechanical ram system are a direct result of the faster axis speeds and quicker acceleration and deceleration supplied by servo systems. A mechanical ram has a fixed stroke length, which... Read more...

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November 20, 2003
Improving bending operations
The company works with materials from 3 to 25 millimeters and produces parts that range from pallet size to 15,000-pound weldments measuring 8 by 12 by 3 feet. Part runs are low to moderate, from five to 500 pieces. The company classifies... Read more...

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December 12, 2002
Case study: CO2 Lasers in job shops
Processing thousands of pounds of steel each day using its punch- plasma process required seven employees working in shifts around the clock to prepare part programs, sequence machinery, and load and unload material. Wrayco... Read more...

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August 8, 2002
Science Nonfiction
Forty years ago no one would have thought it possible to cut plate steel with focused light. Over time it has not only become possible but common in manufacturing operations. However, making this science fiction into fact wasn't enough,... Read more...

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November 15, 2001
Adaptive bending
In conventional press brake bending, the bend angle obtained often differs from the programmed angle even though it is produced on a CNC machine. To overcome this problem, the bend angle can be measured during the forming process and this... Read more...

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August 16, 2001
In search of the perfect bend
Press brake manufacturers have made tremendous advances in the art of machine design and manufacturing. Machine frame components are designed to use proven mechanical engineering principles combined with CAD technology to identify the areas most... Read more...