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TOOLING STRATEGIES FOR BENDING THICK MATERIAL

Fabricating thick, high-tensile-strength material requires tools that are designed to work specifically with its unique properties. The material is often thick and cumbersome. By selecting the right tools and implementing suggestions outlined below, fabricators can improve throughput, minimize downtime and significantly reduce set up times.

Adjustable V Die Drawing

ADJUSTABLE V DIES

From Wilson Tool International, adjustable dies are a great option for bending thick materials when you need the flexibility to adjust the V-opening. Adjustable dies replace the need for multiple dies and frequent tool changes. Without moving large dies in and out of a press brake, simply adjust the V-opening to your desired size and you’re back to bending. Explore More.

Replaceable Radius Renderings

REPLACEABLE RADIUS TOOLING

Thick gauge material tends to be abrasive and often times hasn’t been de-burred. Applications that use this material see the radius of a tool wear at a much faster rate than the punch body, causing unnecessary waste. Using replaceable radius punches (available in both dovetail and “T” attachment styles) allows fabricators to replace the worn part of the tool and doesn’t require wrenches. Learn More.

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BENDING THICK MATERIAL

When bending thicker gauge materials fabricators can reduce problems and downtime by implementing the following:

  • Check Your Tonnage: When working with thick material, make sure you increase the opening of the die. 
  • Consider Heat Treat: To minimize wear on your tooling, various heat treat options are available.
  • Increase Punch Radius: To disburse the load across a larger area, increase the radius size of the punch.
  • Increase Die Radius: Increasing the radius of die shoulders will disburse the load and increase die life.

Thick Material Bending

To explore additional solutions for bending thick material visit wilsontool.com/thickmaterial.

Have a specific thick material application? Contact our Tooling Technicians: bending@wilsontool.com / 800-445-4518 / Contact Us Form.

IMPORTANCE OF OPEN HEIGHT AND STROKE IN A PRESS BRAKE

Typical Press Setup Diagram

Every press brake has a defined amount of open height and stroke. These dimensions are important when bidding on contracts to know capabilities of the press brake. It is also important to understand these machine dimensions when purchasing a press brake and selecting tooling.

Open height is measured from the bottom of the upper beam to the top of the lower beam and the press brake is completely open. Measure in the same way when the brake has been completely closed and you have calculated the “closed height” of the machine.

The stroke is simply the difference between the open height and closed height dimensions.

With this information you are able to determine the maximum height of punch and die combination that could be put in this brake. Final tooling selection will also include consideration for the amount of space between the punch tip and the top of the die. If the brake is overloaded with tooling it will be difficult or impossible to remove the formed material.

Explore Bending Tooling from Wilson Tool International.

WHAT’S THE IMPACT OF POOR QUALITY?

Quality at the Source

Q: Reputation as a QUALITY manufacture is degraded

C: Rework increases manufacturing COSTS, including time, labor, electricity, perishables and raw materials.

D: Rework results in DELIVERY delays to internal and external customers.

S: SAFETY of customers and employees is compromised.

QCDS Graphic

Develop a culture of Quality at the Source to reduce the impacts of poor quality. Ensure your employees have a clear understanding of the process/application they work with. Make sure to provide resources for your employees to produce the best part they can.

APPLICATION STATION

The Application Station is a showcase of some of the latest Wilson Tool solutions, including additively manufactured options, intended to serve as a resource for customers in imagining the possibilities in tooling and additive manufacturing.

ADJUSTABLE PRESS BRAKE DIES

Adjustable Press Brake Die Video

Adjustable V Dies for Bending Thick Plate Material
Wilson Tool Adjustable V dies are a great option for bending thick materials when you need the flexibility to adjust the v-opening. Adjustable V dies replace the need for multiple dies and frequent tool changes. For more information visit wilsontool.com/thickmaterial.

 

Bend3D™ APPLICATION

Low Tonnage and Additive Manufacturing

Additive Opportunities for Low-Tonnage Bending Applications
As low-tonnage press brakes make a comeback, additively manufactured press brake tools are becoming more attractive. 3D printed tools provide the flexibility and strength when it comes to low-tonnage applications. Read the full article on Additive manufacturing’s potential in low-tonnage bending in The Fabricator.

GET TO KNOW WILSON TOOL INTERNATIONAL
MARCO ROMASCO, OPERATIONS MANAGER – CANADA

Marco Romasco Headshot

Marco Romasco began his career in fabricating when he was hired on as a tool designer/estimator at Exacta Fabtool in December 1993. Exacta Fabtool was acquired by Wilson Tool International in 2010, bringing Marco and his decades of experience to the Wilson Tool team.

Although he was hired on as a designer with Exacta Fabtool, he quickly found himself lending a hand on the shop floor – operating surface grinders, boring mills, planer mills and the induction hardening machine, to mention a few. “Due to the small size of Exacta Fabtool, I was also in charge of purchasing materials and scheduling the jobs on the shop floor.”

Today, as Operations Manager at Wilson Tool Canada, Marco has seen the industry evolve into what it is today. “The tools I design today can be made faster and with greater precision,” Marco noted when commenting on the implementation of CNC milling machines and the impact they’ve had on the industry.

Marco has left his own mark on the industry, designing an adjustable die to better serve his clients. Ten years after the Exacta acquisition, Marco looks back on his initial visit to Wilson Tool, remembering, “…when Frank and I first visited Wilson Tool International, I was truly amazed at how they operated.”

When he’s got free time, Marco enjoys cycling through the Toronto lake front area.

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LET US HELP!

Have a question? Struggling with an application? Need help with tooling? Contact a tooling technician at 800-445-4518, bending@wilsontool.com or fill out our Contact Form.