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Panel Bending Options

One option for panel bending includes a machine that has been programmed to bend metal sheeting at each predetermined bend point to create any shape required. The metal sheets are fed into the machine from one end and pass through rollers at each bend location. Each pass through the machine introduces another degree of the bend until the required shape is achieved. There are three options for panel bending:

  1. Manually Positioned Options:  Manually positioned options (which we'll now refer to as "man-by-man") have been around for years and are still widely used. They are manually operated, requiring the operator to move around the machine to achieve the necessary bends. This can cause some serious muscle fatigue over time. There are four significant advantages of manual bending: it's relatively inexpensive, easy to learn, doesn't require much space, and is suitable for small production runs (under 200 pieces). The main disadvantage of man-by-man is that it's very time-consuming. So it can get pricey if you need to make many bends or work with thicker alloys because more passes are required.
  2. Semi-Automated Options:  A semi-automated panel bender has a stationary base and a moveable arm that makes the necessary bends. This is a step in the right direction because there's no wasted movement, but it's still manual work that can cause fatigue. There are three major advantages of semi-automated bending: it can be used for small lot production runs and larger lots, it's easy to train on, and it usually has a smaller footprint. The main disadvantage is that it can still be time-consuming if multiple bends are required.
  3. Full Automation Benders:  A full automation bender is the end of the road. These machines are entirely automated, requiring no manual labor except for loading and unloading parts. The machine feeds into itself what it needs to complete bends, delivering a finished product on the other side. There are two major advantages of fully automated panel bending machines: fast and zero labor costs. The primary disadvantage is the price tag- these machines are costly to purchase and maintain, so the investment isn't for everyone.


Advantages of the Panel Benders :

Panel bender has an advantage over speed, repeatability, and consistency. Here are the main benefits:

  • Flexible automation - The panel bender is cost-effective and flexible than other options. This allows companies to bend panels that would not otherwise accommodate the bending machines on hand or require multiple steps to achieve results. Panel bending machines are fast and accurate and capable of performing various types of bends in a single press run; there's no way around it. They can produce bends of any size or degree with ease.
  • Sustainable technology - Panel benders are built to be sustainable, so they use less energy than other types of equipment. They also don't require lubrication or coolants, reducing waste and production costs.
  • Adaptive system - Panel bending machines  are highly adaptable to all sheet metal forms. This feature is valuable in applications that use materials other than stainless steel, copper, aluminum, and alloys. This feature is helpful in applications where the material varies or for those who aren't sure what type of metal they will be using on each press run. The machine can bend panels that differ by 70 percent in width and thickness.
  • Great versatility - The panel bender's versatility makes it a valuable response for many shops that cut, bend or fold sheet metal parts. The panel bender can apply extremely high pressures within extremely compact tolerances. It's also possible to bend different materials at once, such as stainless steel and aluminum.


Disadvantages of the Panel Bending Machines :

The main disadvantage of a panel bender is its high price tag. They are more expensive than manual machinery, which their productivity can offset, but machine costs are still high. Also, sheet metal is costly in most places, so there might be additional costs to pay if using the bender for non-stainless steels.

Panel benders are also complicated equipment that requires intensive training to operate safely and optimally.


Why Metal Ready?

Metal Ready is experienced in the sheet metal fabrication industry. We sell and service all types of metalworking equipment. Our staff consists of trained professionals with one goal: to help your business succeed!

Metal Ready works with you from initial inquiry to design and then delivery of your panel bending machine. Each process considers the size of your company, desired production speeds, and volume. As a result, Metal Ready can offer a range of options to invest in a new or upgrade an existing machine to help your company grow. Once the design work is complete, Metal Ready works to ensure that the machine is manufactured and delivered as efficiently as possible.


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