Mar 01, 2016

Attend Our Precision Press Brake Certificate Course

The JMT press brake team will be hosting an FMA-sponsored press brake certification. This intensive two-day seminar will help metalworkers master the theory and math fundamentals of metal bending with press brakes.

Held at JMT headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 14-15, 2016, attendees will learn how to:

  • Make the math calculations necessary to determining accurate press brake bend deductions
  • Select the proper forming method and tooling for the specific material and product
  • Recognize and master industry terms to be able to communicate easily with other fabricators

In addition, attendees can earn an industry-recognized credential in precision press brake operation upon completion of the course.

Using interactive and easy-to-understand exercises, expert instructor Steve Benson will cover the theory of bending techniques and math fundamentals behind metal fabrication principles. Steve is president of Asma LLC, a supplier of software, textbooks, and training for press brake operators and engineers, and has more than 30 years of experience in the sheet metal industry.

Who Should Attend the Press Brake Certification?

This course is recommended for:

  • Metal fabrication operators with at least 6 months on-the-job experience (but new and minimally skilled press brake operators are also welcome)
  • Experienced operators, engineers, designers, or programmers who want to improve their skills on the press brake
  • Front-line supervisors, owners and other fab shop personnel who want to enhance and refresh their understanding of press brakes operations and principles

How Do I Register for the Press Brake Certification?

The fee for this two-day course is $695 (discounted to $495 for FMA/TPA members). The cost includes lunch on both days; course materials including terms, definitions and formulas; and certificate testing at completion of course. In addition participants receive a copy of Metal Fabrication: A Practical Guide (a $75 value). The brand-new fourth edition of the classic text by Robert L. O’Con and Richard H. Carr has been revised to include updated and expanded press brake information written by Steve Benson.

Participates can begin the registration process by taking an online prerequisite assessment HERE. Please note that attendees must pass this 20 question pre-assessment quiz in order to register for the class. You can also contact FMA at 888-394-4362 to register by phone and save time on multiple registrations.

The press brake certification course will be held on April 14th and 15th, 2016, at JMT‘s headquarters at 2895 S. 300 West in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will run from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day. The schedule includes classroom training, equipment demonstration, and certificate testing at the end of the second day.

What Will Be Covered in the Course?

Press Brake Machine Types. What is the difference between mechanical, hydraulic and electric press brakes? What are the forming methods used with each type?

Press Brake Bending Methods. What is the difference between air bending, bottom bending and coin bending? How does each type of bending work? What is the proper use and application of bottom bending? How do I develop bend allowance? How do I determine bend deductions, setbacks, and mold lines? What is the bump radius bending technique?

Press Brake Forming. What are the different forming types? (Includes sharp, radius, and profound radius bends.) What is cold forming, warm forming, and hot forming? What are the effects of heating and cooling materials? How do I do deep box forming using balanced and unbalanced tooling? How do I do Urethane forming, and what is pad volume? How does a durometer measure material hardness? What are the basic issues in plate forming that I need to understand? (Includes cracking, bend reliefs, grain direction, and various forming tools.) What is the importance of forming order?

Press Brake Tooling. What types of punches and dies are available? What are their styles, uses, and limits? How do I properly select dies to achieve desired results from engineering to the shop floor? What are the differences and effects of various bending methods (air, bottom, or coin) on tooling selection? How do press brake load limits compare to tooling limits?

Press Brake Safety. What are the general sheet metal safety practices and safety issues specifically concerning the press brake? What are OSHA regulations and unacceptable safety practices that I need to be aware of? What are the safety issues of bottom bending? What danger does bottom bending pose to my parts and my machine?

Other Press Brake Topics. What are the basic PSM vocabulary terms? What are the fundamental math concepts used in a fabrication shop? (Ranging from basic calculator functions through right angle trigonometry.) How do I interpret sheet metal blueprints (including Y14.5)? How do I properly use and care for precision hand measurement tools? What are the basic inspection and quality control functions that are needed on the shop floor? What are other press brake tools and methods?

Our expert instructor will guide you through the fundamentals of press brake operation. Through easy-to-understand exercises, you will learn the skills needed to get the perfect bend every time. (Plus you will have an industry-recognized press brake certification to proudly display!)

Plan now to attend our press brake certification — we hope to see you there! (Click HERE to begin your registration.)


Learn more about the press brakes offered by JMT by calling 855-PressBrake (855-773-7727) or emailing You can also visit our Press Brake products page.


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