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December 12, 2011
Retrofit and ready for better bending
Kysor/Warren knows a thing or two about efficiency. The company knows production efficiency. It has been manu­­fac­­-turing commercial refrigeration equipment for more than 125 years. Today the maker of refrigerated display... Read more...

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June 4, 2010
New press brake, new production philosophy
When John Soler walks to the sheet metal shop, he sometimes glances at an odd sight: a 175-ton press brake with a 12-foot bed and a 6-inch-long tool set forming a small, thin bracket. Seeing this, the vice president of manufacturing at... Read more...

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May 28, 2009
Tooling up to bend hard
At past meetings involving the plate processing department at Peterson Corp., a heavy equipment manufacturer in Eugene, Ore., flange lengths have entered the conversation. So has grain direction of heavy parts coming off the plasma tables, as... Read more...

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January 13, 2009
EuroBLECH 2008: A celebration of metal fabricating and forming
What does a European metal fabricating and forming tradeshow mean for a U.S. fabricator? Apparently, a whole lot. "It means everything. It has influenced who we are," said Don Begneaud, speaking about his company, BEGNEAUD Manufacturing, in... Read more...

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March 13, 2007
Bending the new breeds of high-strength steel
Since the early 1980s, sheet metal fabricators have, for the most part, followed a pretty basic set of rules to air-bend mild steel. To determine the appropriate die opening to bend 0.5-inch-thick (12.7-mm) and thinner materials, you simply... Read more...

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June 14, 2005
Taking a long-term view of press brake productivity
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the metal fabrication industry became acutely aware of non-value-added time—the amount of time lost while a machine sits idle without adding value to a metal component—such as setup time.... Read more...

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June 8, 2004
Pumping up productivity on older press brakes
Tall gooseneck punches can bend deep parts and parts with complicated bend sequences. In recent years faster, more efficient cutting and blanking methods have emerged. However, these cutting efficiencies and corresponding increases in... Read more...