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Key components of Press Brake Machines

Press brakes consist of various parts that ensure the easy functionality and safety measures of the machine. At Metal Ready, we offer Press brakes with a hydraulic punch press, hydraulic shear bend press, electric punch press, and many others. Hydraulic Press brake is a type of machine which uses high-pressure hydraulics to form metal pieces. To get maximum output out of your hydraulic punch press or shearing bending system, you need a sturdy base for your equipment. The welding structure should be based on a steel frame to ensure safety.

Press brake machines are available in stand-alone design, which means they do not require any additional machinery or equipment to perform bending operations. This machine can be used independently for all your applications. The machine is designed in such a way that it provides optimal working conditions to the operators, along with maximum production output and efficiency.

Press brake tool is made up of various parts. Such as- punching die, press bed, anvil rollers

The basic functioning of Press Brake Machines

Press Brakes have been in use for decades now. But even today, its importance still prevails when it comes to making cuts/bending sheets of metal. This machine bends the sheet metal into shape by applying pressure through a punch and an anvil, which is attached to a bed. The punch and anvil are referred to as die, and the working surface where they meet is called anvil rollers. This machine manufacturer offers this in both manual and automatic models and is available to buy with different size punches based on what must be formed/bent. Presses come with either one or two anvils depending upon the size you need to work with.

Metal press brake machines can also lock support plates in place to avoid any possibility of injuries during production processes that require frequent position changes. This machine is a great choice to make accurate metal bending easier for your employees and ensure a high output with minimum human errors.


Press brakes are available in different tonnages. The tonnage calculation depends upon different factors like dying size, machine size, material thickness, etc. Press brake machines with heavy tonnages produce results faster than those with less tonnage.

The operating pressure is the amount of air/hydraulic pressure needed to bend metal sheets into shape. It varies depending on the type and condition of materials being bent, as well as by design specifications for each model. Since all machine are not equipped with the same anvil rollers, therefore you need to check the product specifications before deciding which machine best suits your needs.

Bending Capacity

Bending capacity is measured in terms of tonnage or the weight a press brake can handle at once. Machine with higher tonnage are able to bend thicker and heavier pieces of metal than those with low capacity up to their respective limits. The tonnages also depend on throat depth and distance between the back gauge and Press brake table.

Different technologies used in Press Brake Machines

Press brake machines use different technologies to achieve the desired type of bend. The three main technologies used are:

Hydraulic Press Brake

The hydraulic machine is the most popular one due to its tremendous value-added benefits like high speed, low power consumption, and outstanding bending results. The hydraulic Press brakes are very easy to use, which means anyone can learn how to use this machine in no time.

Press braking with hydraulic brakes is dependent on the downward movement of a ram, which can be controlled using foot pedals or hand levers. These types of machines are available in stand-alone design, which means they do not require any additional machinery or equipment to perform bending operations. Press braking machine manufacturers offer press brakes in different sizes and capacities. This machine can also be customized, depending on the size of sheets you wish to bend and other design specifications.

Electrical Press brake

The electrical one is another popular choice among press brake machines since it produces results faster than hydraulic one when bending large pieces of metal. Electric Press brakes use a ram mechanism with a drive motor to produce results. Press braking using an electric one is completely driven by electricity, and there are no hydraulic fluids involved in this process. Electric Press brakes have high-tech self-diagnostics, which makes operations easier for the user as well as ensures fewer breakdowns. The working speed of an electrical machine is faster than a hydraulic one.

Hybrid Press Brake

Hybrid press brakes combine the best of both hydraulic and electrical press brakes, which means you have a press braking machine with outstanding performance at an affordable price. Hybrid press brakes produce excellent results even on larger sheets as well as reduce power consumption by as much as 50%. This machine usually uses cylinder pressure to produce bending results.

Suitable configuration for Press Brake

Press braking machines can be configured to suit your requirements and specifications. It includes:

Robotic Press Brake

Press brakes can be configured using robotic machines, where a robot instead of hydraulic force pushes the sheet metal.

Tandem Press Brake

A tandem press brake is a pair of synchronous machines with mechanical alignment. It's a complete press braking solution consisting of two synchronized press braking machines and a common clamping frame. The main advantage of a tandem is the ability to bend large sheets without post-bending operations.

Type of bending

Press brakes have two types of bending. These are- air bending and bottom bending.

Air Bending

Press braking using air pressure is known as air bending, and the only tool required for this process is a press braking machine. Air press brakes use blowing cylinders to bend metal sheets into required shapes and designs.

Bottom Bending

Press braking using bottom bending is done at the bottom of the sheet, which means that the metal sheet is in a horizontal position during the process. It is designed with 2-5 bending blocks for this process, which means the metal sheet receives pressure from both sides during press braking.

What to look for choosing a Press Brake?

All press braking machines are not the same, and manufacturers ensure that they're built to meet various requirements of buyers. While some press braking machines come with their own limitations, there are a few features you should look out for when purchasing one. These are:

Number of bending beams

The number of bending beams on a press braking machine will determine the overall efficiency of that machine. If you need to bend thin sheets, then you should look for a lower number of beams than if the sheet is thick.

X-axis stroke

The X-axis stroke is responsible for allowing the metal sheet to move in the machines. Press brakes with a bigger X-axis stroke provide the required room on the machine to accommodate larger sheets, which means you can bend thick metal sheets without any problems.

X-axis length

A press braking machine's X-axis length determines the accuracy of the machine.

Beam length

The beam length is a measure of how long a Press braking machines' beams are, and it's calculated by taking the sum total of all bending plates. The longer beam lengths allow for greater performance.

Number of steel rolls

The number of steel rolls determines the smoothness and accuracy of sheet metal. More steel rollers ensure that there are fewer defects in the metal sheets in terms of press braking and bending.

Number of plate rolls

Press braking machines provide for additional rolls on the metal sheet that can give you cleaner bends in your metal sheets, resulting in better quality product output.

Hydraulic oil tank capacity

The hydraulic oil is used to power the cylinders of air bending presses and also water in the case of bottom bending presses during the press braking process. Opt for a press braking machine that has the highest possible hydraulic oil tank if you need continuous operations with no breaks.

Why should you choose Metal Ready for Press brake machine?

Metal Ready offers a comprehensive line of precision down-acting press brakes.
Get lifetime assistance from representatives with our industry expertise. Members of our team understand what it's like to operate a press brake on a daily basis. We can assist you in locating the appropriate model and, if necessary, troubleshooting.

Metal Ready provides you with all the features and benefits required to run a high-volume bending department. We understand your needs and operate as one of your own, providing superior service and support. Press brake from Metal Ready will come with a warranty and provide you with the best long-term value for your money.


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