Press Brake/Forming

Press BrakeNelson Steel Products' capabilities in press brake bending and forming can configure metals into precisely formed components.

  • Hydraulic CNC
  • Up to 350 ton maximum
  • Up to 12'
  • 40" back gauge capability

Probably no capability defines steel fabrication like press brake bending and forming. No matter what range of skills a fabricating company has, press brake bending and forming is the real test of its ability to put the pressure on, so to speak.

One of the oldest and most fundamental metal fabricating techniques, press brake bending and forming bends metal by forming it along a straight axis. Punch and die sets are used to create "V"-shaped, "U'-shaped or channel-shaped configurations.

Bending flat metal into more useful and versatile shapes unlocks its potential and dramatically expands its usefulness. The press brake literally can bend metal to an operator's will. Press brakes apply considerable mechanical or hydraulic pressure to form metal between a punch and die as it closes together. Computer-controlled press brake forming and bending machines use pressures of as much as 350 tons to create desired shapes. Capacities vary widely, and some machines are capable of bending material of considerable thickness and ten or more feet in length. Press brake forming and bending is suitable for materials such as aluminum, brass, stainless steel and carbon steel.

Metal housings, machine brackets, metal framing, decorative fixtures, prototypes. The list of possibilities for press brake forming and bending is virtually unlimited. As a metal fabricating technique, it has a number of advantages, including its adaptability to a wide range of production requirements, its minimal tooling requirements, its capability for forming ductile materials and its suitability for the production of smaller parts.

While simple in concept and function, precision bending with press brake forming and bending machines is a complex interplay among the work material, the machine and its tooling. A variety of material properties come into play. Among them are yield strength, hardness and ductility-all factors that determine the extent to which the material will "spring back."

Such subtleties-and the necessity to understand and master them-are why not all steel fabricators are equal. One essential fact bears repeating once again: There is simply no substitute for experience. It is without equal as a benefit you should factor into every supplier choice. Like trust, money can't acquire it. Only time, attention and years of on-the-job troubleshooting can. Experience is the ability to see what's not really there, to anticipate and react accordingly. It's also the intangible thread of confident know-how that runs through the company that has it.

So whether it's press brake forming and bending or some other area of steel fabrication, chose the voice and authority of experience-the company with more than a century of combined management experience and employees who average more than a dozen years on the job, Nelson Steel Products.