PRESS BRAKE SETUPS ARE A BREEZE WITH THE EXPRESS AIR™ CLAMPING SYSTEM

Setups and changeovers on a traditional press brake clamp are time consuming, frustrating and a significant drain on productivity. With each new setup, it takes time for operators to look for a hex wrench and then manually tighten set screws and seat punches. For shops that do numerous setups, downtime can add up quickly, resulting in lower productivity and lost revenue.

As the industry shifts more and more toward small batch processing, press brake fabricators need to find ways gain efficiency wherever possible. Adding a clamping system to a press brake can help speed setup times dramatically and reduce production costs.

Express Air Clamps in a Press Brake

Maximize Your Press Brake Flexibility
The Express Air Clamping System offers fast, flexible setups using a clean, low-cost power source. Designed for European style press brake tooling, Express Air is a pneumatic punch holder that uses standard shop air (90-120 Psi) to clamp and seat tooling in seconds with the touch of a button or the flip of a switch. There is no need for an additional pump or power source.

With a unique interlocking wedge design Express Air sectionalized punch holders can be pushed together to create a solid beam or gapped for box bending. They also boast the narrowest body on the market to enable the greatest range of bend angles — up to 30°with longer flanges in the front and back than similar holders.

Smaller Investment. Big Impact.
Additionally, if you have an older press brake that has a scratched, dinged or uneven bending surface, adding a clamping solution like the Express Air™ system will breathe new life into your machine. Not only will you get a smooth, harder work surface, you’ll boost productivity with a variety of timesaving features at a significantly lower cost than regrinding or replacing the beam.

Easy Installation
The clamping system is also fast and easy to install for minimal machine downtime. Additionally, the clamps are interchangeable with most OEM holders for a gradual transition to air power using several holders or all at once with holders for the entire length of the beam.

For faster setups and changeovers, add the Express Air pneumatic clamping system to your press brake and watch your productivity soar. For additional details, take a look at the table below or click here.

TOOLING INFORMATION
Tool Style European 
Seating Beveled tangs self seat
Shortest Piece to Clamp  0.394" (10mm)
Hardness  70 HRC
Tool Shoulder Load (Symmetric)  35 tons/ft, 104 tons/mf
Tool Weight Limit to Clamp & Seat  192 lbs (288 kg)
CLAMPING INFORMATION
Method to Secure to the Press Brake  American, Z1, Z2
Power, Method, Actuation  Pneumatic, piston, wireless or handle
Beam Construction  Modular
Working Height  American and Z1 = 100mm; Z2 = 120mm
Operating Pressure  90-120 Psi (6.2-8.3 Bar)
Clears 30° Acute Front and Back  Front and Back

MORE BENDING HOW-TO VIDEOS
The Technically Speaking how-to video series continues to provide answers to commonly-asked fabrication questions. You now have access to two new topics:

STAGE BENDING
This video lesson helps to ensure you are getting the full benefits of “stage bending” (sometimes referred to as “common shut-height”) by reviewing the basics of staged press brake tooling. It answers questions such as how to identify whether tooling is staged and how to set up and run a part using stage bending techniques. Watch below:

Technically Speaking Stage Bending Video preview

AIR BENDING WITH OFFSET TOOLS
This tutorial explores how you can save money and time by using a  standard size or existing offset tool that you might already have in your shop to achieve “special” offset heights. The video shows how  air bending with one standard offset tool to different stroke depths, you can achieve multiple heights and angles of offset. Watch it below:

Technically Speaking Air Bending Video preview

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PAC-MAN TOOL CREATES LESS WHIP, MARKING

Close-up of Rotary Bend Tool

If your operators are regularly bending large sheets and struggling to avoid material whip-up, there are solutions out there that will improve safety and make handling easier.

This article in FF Journal  looks at how rotary tools create a number of benefits for shops such as increased safety, reduced part marking, lower cost than a panel bending machine and greater flexibility than a wiping tool. It reads, “Rotary-style tools embody a great solution to reduce marking and eliminate material whip. Additionally, they can bend a range of material. Rotary bending is best suited for material up to 0.25-in. thick but can handle heavier gauges because of its ability to perform a modified air-forming operation, which means the forming tonnage required is typically less than half of what wiping requires.”

Want to read more? See the full article here.

LIGHTEN UP THICK PLATE BENDING

Planer machined tools for bending thick plate have a reputation for being physically heavy and labor-intensive to use. Take a look at this heavy plate bending solution that lightens the load of planer machined tooling.

Replaceable Radius Video

This solution makes tool changes faster and lighter. When it’s time to change the radius, it’s as simple as sliding the existing radius tip insert out of the universal holder and sliding the new radius in. That’s it! The tip insert is often light enough to be managed by one operator.

What’s more, there’s no screwing, fastening or adjustment required once the tip is in place. It simply slides in and you can begin bending.

Want to learn more about replaceable radius bending? Click here.

ON-DEMAND BENDING WEBINARS

Bending Webinars

Did you know that you can watch these 30-minute training webinars on bending topics at any time? These can help you train staff, sharpen fabrication skills, solve production challenges, and save time and money in the process.

Explore some highlights below:

See all bending webinars.

GET TO KNOW WILSON TOOL

STEVE BROWN — PRESS BRAKE PRODUCT MANAGER

Steve Brown Headshot

Steve joined Wilson Tool’s press brake sales desk in 1994 and has been helping customers solve their press brake challenges since then. He worked as part of the SAP implementation team and as the Press Brake Sales and Design Business Unit Leader before becoming the product manager for the Press Brake Division. Having started at the very beginning of Wilson Tool’s journey into press brake tooling, Steve has most enjoyed helping with the growth of product and people in the press brake area of the company.

Steve’s favorite Wilson Tool memory is his initiation of a “museum of bakery” that started when someone found an old jelly roll in a bakery box. The museum developed into a full tray of items over time. His favorite activities are sports that involve throwing or hitting a ball and being outside with his family.

SAVE THE DATE!

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MEMORIAL DAY CLOSURE

Memorial Closing

Please note that our White Bear Lake, Minnesota headquarters will be closed on Monday, May 28 in recognition of the USA Memorial Day holiday. We will be back to work as usual the following day.

We wish all our customers a happy and safe Memorial Day!

SUMMER BRAKE SCHOOL: IMPROVING BENDING WORKFLOW

August 8 at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh, WI

Summer Brake School

For the second year in a row, join experts in the field of press brake operation for a training forum on improving press brake work flow. Topics include:

  • CAD programming as related to sheet metal
  • Lean press brake operations
  • Punch and die selection using bend limit graphs and air bend force chart
  • More efficient setups

Learn More