Since the invention of the press brake, industries have grown and changed. The press brake has changed with them to stay relevant and remain a fixture in production.
Today, press brakes are one of the most widely used machines in the production of many different tools, parts, and structures. Different types of safety precautions, energy efficiency levels, and speed of operation and production are also factors in different types of press brakes.
1. How to classify press brakes?
Press brakes can be classified into two schools of thought, principle, and operation.
The principle of a press brake is to assist in the manufacturing process to create workpieces. A press brake is used for bending and forming various metal materials like aluminum, copper, iron, stainless steel, etc, and as a press to complete break forming, die forming, leveling, riveting, etc.
The operation of a press brake is the actual means of how a press brake works. There are different types of press brakes like hydraulic, CNC, hand-crank, hybrid, and more. Press brakes are different sizes and can bend or form different sizes of workpieces.
All press brakes have a similar goal, to bend the workpiece. However, different types of press brakes can produce results faster and more accurately. Energy efficiency and conserving electricity also vary depending on the type of press brake.
Safety measures are different for different press brakes as well. CNC and hybrid press brakes usually have light beam or laser protection, while torsion bar press brakes have guards.