When you are in the market to purchase a press brake, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. You first need to determine what kind of press brake you are going to acquire: a mechanical press brake, a hydraulic press brake, an electric press brake, a servo press brake, a hybrid press brake, a CNC press brake, or a combination. Each is different, so you need to find which one is appropriate for the jobs you will be doing.
You also need to decide if you will consider new or used equipment (or both). If you are just a hobbyist fabricator, a smaller mechanical or simple used hydraulic press brake might be the best fit. High tolerances on exact pieces may not be as important in smaller shops that produce a low volume.
If you have a larger volume of parts, whether you are repeating the same parts or frequently changing to different parts, a CNC brake might be a better fit. A CNC press brake would give you a huge advantage by allowing faster set up times, giving you the ability to draw parts directly on the control, and eliminating some of the human error. A CNC press brake would also give you the ability to repeat parts with deadly precision time and time again.
If your shop staff has limited press brake experience, it may not be a bad idea to start looking to add a skilled press brake operator who has had some tenure working with all aspects of press brakes, including experience with press brake tooling and set up.
Having the proper press brake tooling is a critical component of achieving accurate bends and parts. There is a wealth of information one needs to understand just about tooling in order to efficiently operate a press brake. A person could spend years studying the intricacies of brake tooling, so I would recommend finding a reputable professional that deals specifically with it to guide you. An expert tooling distributor such as Wila can assist you in the appropriate selection and application of the tooling you need to do the job.
Finally, one of the most important aspects to consider in your purchase of a press brake is to find and work with an experienced sales or consulting company that has spent years dealing with a variety of new and used brakes. Such a firm will generally have on staff a team of people that have had decades of credible experience in operating, maintaining, repairing and understanding press brakes. Utilizing the knowledge and skill sets of professionals who work with brakes every day can be an incredible resource for you and give you an invaluable partner, especially if fabrication is a new venture for you. Their expertise will save you time and spare you the frustration of not understanding how these machines work correctly and efficiently.
Remember: you don’t know what you don’t know – and when dealing with press brakes there is a lot to know.
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